Issue 3 | JULY 2012
EMA Distinguished Speaker Programme: Dr. Noeleen Heyzer on Improving Asia’s Energy Access

“We need to turn on the lights, and turn down the global thermostat.”

That was the key message by Dr. Noeleen Heyzer as she spoke on “Rio+20: Implications for Energy Access and Sustainable Development in Asia” to a 250-strong audience of energy professionals at the Grand Hyatt on 25 April 2012. Speaking as part of the EMA Distinguished Speaker Programme (DSP), the Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) underlined Asia’s pressing need to break the vicious cycle of energy poverty to ensure universal energy access. As more regional and international collaboration is needed to address the twin challenges of alleviating energy poverty and increasing energy access, the Rio+20 Summit is a very important platform to facilitate more cooperation. Dr. Heyzer also shared that UN ESCAP is looking at the promotion of an Asian Energy Highway that will allow Asian states to engage in cross-border electricity trading and better optimise the supply and demand of electricity in the region.

The DSP, a public lecture for energy professionals, is part of EMA’s calendar of programmes aimed at forging a progressive energy landscape for sustainable growth. Together with SIEW, the DSP provides a platform for the industry’s best minds to debate and exchange best practices, ideas and strategies within the energy space.