(EnergyAsia, November 3 2011, Thursday) — The Clean Energy Expo Asia 2011 held in Singapore this week aims to raise awareness of sustainable energy innovations in the Asia Pacific region.

The annual event which includes a trade fair and conference promotes the development and adoption of renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable mobility by demonstrating the opportunities available.

Held at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the third edition of the Clean Energy Expo Asia 2011 was launched by Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources.

With China, India, Japan and South Korea accounting for 40% of global clean power project investments by 2020, the Asia Pacific region is set to remain a powerhouse in the clean energy sector. The Clean Energy Expo Asia Trade Fair and Conference will be a hotbed of discussions and innovations to help shape the future of the global energy market. The number of exhibitors and participants at the event has more than doubled since its launch in 2009.

This year’s event has attracted nearly 170 exhibitors, over 130 international speakers and some 5,000 participants from more than 48 countries. Jointly organised by Koelnmesse and the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), Clean Energy Expo Asia is a key event in the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW).  

The conference will feature the following topics of discussion:

•    How to capitalise on Asia’s growth prospects in clean energy. Moderated by Michael Liebriech, CEO, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, featuring Robert Gleitz, Vice President, Marketing, Alstom Power and Gil-Hong Kim, Director, Sustainable Infrastructure Division, Asian Development Bank.

•    Energy-Efficiency Dialogue on policy and regulatory issues facing energy-efficiency businesses and projects. Panelists from the private sector will share their experiences and viewpoints on developing energy-efficiency business ventures and projects, focusing on practical ideas and solutions. National policymakers and regulators will be on hand to provide responses, feedback and brief policy updates on the regulatory frameworks in various markets. Moderated by Michael Totten, Senior Advisor, Conservation International Singapore, this exciting discussion will address the question of how to develop best practices in the sustainable energy business, while at the same time complying with government policies and regulations.

•    Financing studies in energy efficiency projects. With investments in clean energy seen as the next big thing, this session aims to highlight how to best structure clean energy projects so that they will be commercially viable. The session will also address how to acquire funding in Asia and the challenges in funding clean energy and energy efficiency deals. Presenters for this session include Michel Birnhaum, Partner, iGlobe Partners and Takashi Hongo, Senior Fellow, Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute.