of the conference is cross-sectoral innovation for a sustainable future. Affected
Forum was originally scheduled to be held in Manila, Philippines, and switched
to online for the first time. Thousands of delegates from the Asia-Pacific
region, including government officials, private sector companies, experts and
academics, and members of non-governmental organisations, participated in the
meeting via the Internet.
Dr Feng An,
Executive Director of the Innovation Centre for Energy and Transport (iCET),
was invited to give an online keynote speech on 18 June to provide an update on
the progress of the ADB-funded、iCET-led technical assistance project "Developing a Climate
Friendly Refrigeration Sector through Market and Financing Innovation",
including the results of a survey of refrigeration equipment for users in
various sectors in Ningbo and a cost-benefit analysis of energy efficiency
retrofits for specific commercial premises.
Dr An Feng
emphasised that the project, which uses Ningbo as a pilot for technical
support, aims to help the city improve energy efficiency in the refrigeration
sector, reduce the use of hazardous refrigerants, reduce greenhouse gas
emissions and climate impact, and provide lessons that can be applied to other
countries in China and Asia through the design and development of a diversified
business model and innovative financial mechanisms.
on the project, Zhou Yun, Senior Environmental Specialist of the Sustainable
Infrastructure Division of the Asian Development Bank's East Asia Bureau,
pointed out that the technical support project could help ADB identify more
investment opportunities for environmentally friendly refrigeration in the
Yangtze River Delta region, in conjunction with innovative market and financing
mechanisms to promote sustainable refrigeration solutions more effectively. The
meeting was chaired by Sujata Gupta, Director of the Asian Development Bank's
East Asia Bureau.