Asia is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change, but due to its rapidly growing economies, it is also an increasing user of energy, water and other resources. Developing Asia’s share of global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions more than doubled from 17% in 1990 to 37% in 2010, and is expected to increase to about 47% by 2035. Lives and livelihoods in rural areas are threatened by changing weather patterns as it can disrupt farming, cause floods or droughts.

Given this backdrop, SEAS, together with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) came together to launch the Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence (SECOE) on the 19th of March 2015. SECOE aims to equip policy makers in the region with information and share experiences on matters of policy, technology and project financing in the sustainable energy sector.

Based in Singapore, SECOE will hold seminars, workshops and sharing sessions for up to 150 policy-makers from ADB’s 46 developing member countries a year. SECOE is the first training centre of its kind to build capabilities, drive partnerships and bring key decision makers together under a structured programme in the field of clean and renewable energy. The Singapore government represented by IE Singapore, is a supporting partner for SECOE and welcomes the collaboration between officials from the region and industry.

We conducted the very first workshop from the 27th to 31st July 2015. Click here to read the key event highlights, and click here to view pictures from the workshop. Also visit SEAS' Facebook page for more pictures.


This workshop comes at a good time because we are preparing an integrated energy master plan this year which includes not only supply side but demand side issues. Thus we may use what we learnt in the workshop to propose an energy efficiency roadmap within the master plan

Nguyen Ngoc Hung ,
Energy Economist at the Institute of Energy ,

[The site visit to UWCSEA] was extremely inspiring, very impressive that gave me great ideas to consider while we build institutes and government building(s)

Roohul Amin ,
Director of Public Policy Formulation at the Administrative Office of the President ,

Excellent workshop with balanced hands on “classroom” learning to outcome driven filed trip to REC. My sincere appreciation to the sponsors, the facilitators and moderator for a job well done

Bobby Naimawi ,
Chief Financial Officer ,
Fiji Electricity Authority

The workshop topics were relevant, and the speakers at the Asia Clean Energy Summit were knowledgeable. The participants managed to learn a lot

Fazlur Rahman Hassan ,
Task Force for Accelerating the Development of New and Renewable Energy (P2EBT) ,
Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Republic of Indonesia

This workshop provided many good knowledge about offgid sectors and lead to give energy access for people in remote areas

Chan Visal ,
Senior Officer oof Rurall Electrification Fund ,

I love workshops at SECOE because it provides many case studies from other countries that are adaptable to similar projects in my own country, Indonesia. The ideas from the workshops are highly recommended and related for implementation in Asian Countries.

Rizki Wahyuni Asikin ,
Engneer of Alternative Enegy ,
PT PLN (PERSERO), Indonesia

We have gained new learnings/ideas that could be applied in the Philippines with the necessary assistance from international financing institutions.

Domigo S. Santiago Jr. ,
Principal Engineer, National Electrification Administration ,

Well organised and eye opening workshop.

D Nulushka Ariyapala Electrical Engineer ,
Ceylon Electricity Board ,
Sri Lanka