The AtoZero (Accelerate To Net Zero) ASEAN Summit, co-organised by Constellar and the Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Corporation (MGTC), kicked off yesterday with 700 leaders from the net zero value chain participating in the 3-day event. Co-located and held concurrently with the International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM) 2023, the Summit is part of a global series of events dedicated to net zero transition through driving leadership dialogues, investments and innovations around Asia’s net zero pathways.
Powered by clean energy solutions provider, Gentari, AtoZero ASEAN emerges as the gateway to multi-billion dollar net zero transition projects in Asia. Southeast Asia’s power sector alone would require US$184 billion investment between 2021-2025 in the baseline scenario.
The Summit also unveiled the Zero Club, a unique and exclusive feature across the AtoZero Global series in ASEAN, India and China, welcoming policymakers, CEOs and think-tank leaders to connect, collaborate and co-create positive impact across the net zero value chain. Zero Club at AtoZero ASEAN serves as a networking platform to connect the most important stakeholders of net zero transition to spark influential dialogues in accelerating net zero transition across Asia.
Delivering the keynote address, the Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said, “For ASEAN to be a determining factor in the just energy transition, we need to discuss and reach consensus on pressing and pertinent topics such as regional inter-connectivity partnerships, energy storage, carbon capture, green financing, hydrogen economy and ASEAN future grid among others.”
“AtoZero ASEAN’s inclusion into IGEM is significant in enabling us to race to net zero and demonstrate leadership in climate action by significantly influencing policy makers and game changers in the net zero arena. The event’s focus on accelerating ASEAN’s net zero transition highlights the importance of regional partnership to support this transition, fostering the kind of conversations we need to have to take our actions in ASEAN to the next tangible level for real impact,” he added.
AtoZero ASEAN’s overarching aim is to bring together key decision makers and changemakers to comprehensively explore pathways, policies and business opportunities to drive the global net zero transition agenda. The three-day programme will see over 100 subject matter experts from around the world sharing insights on net zero dialogues and partnerships.
Some of the eminent speakers and participants at the Summit included the top-brass from PETRONAS, International Gas Union, Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Gentari, India Renewable Energy Development Agency, Rystad Energy, Solarvest, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Bursa Malaysia, Pertamina, Chevron, ASEAN Centre for Energy, Aboitiz Power and UN Global Impact, amongst others.
Constellar’s Chief Executive Markets, Paul Lee said, “We are immensely grateful for the strong governmental and industry support towards AtoZero which clearly highlights the net zero potential in ASEAN and the pivotal role that AtoZero ASEAN can play. We are confident our delegates will be enriched by the experience and expertise of eminent speakers, decision makers and leaders present here. We have created a platform for influencing policy change and facilitating impactful collaborations – two key aspects to secure a sustainable net zero future for all of us.”
The three-day summit and exhibition is structured on the four key pillars of the net zero value chain, ie., renewables, hydrogen, carbon capture, as well as gas and LNG, covering pertinent and pressing topics such as regional inter-connectivity partnerships, unlocking renewable energy opportunities through energy storage and digitalisation, carbon capture, utilisation and storage in ASEAN’s transition, green energy financing, hydrogen economy, ASEAN future grid and corporate net zero transition pathways.
MGTC’s Group CEO, Shamsul Bahar Mohd Nor said, “The AtoZero ASEAN Summit is off to a great start and we are delighted with the synergistic move to include it as part of IGEM 2023. The AtoZero ASEAN Summit is a fantastic avenue for businesses, organisations and others to begin planning to address climate induced risks. Given the line-up of well-known speakers and delegates, I am certain that our partnership with Constellar will take IGEM to a much higher level, both in terms of richness of content and influence across the region.”
Over the next few months, AtoZero will also be held in India and China, following a similar format of high value content and eminent speakers to eventually take the conference, exhibition and networking experience well beyond ASEAN.For further details on AtoZero ASEAN, visit https://atozero.energy/asean/.
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