This year’s Asia Clean Energy Forum (comes at a critical time in the lead-up to the crucial COP21 in Paris. Asia’s energy sector has a very important part to play in these UNFCCC negotiations and in setting the world on a course to limit global warming, and avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change.
Aiming Zhou currently works on the energy projects in Nepal and Sri Lanka. Before joining the Energy Division of South Asia Department, he was the Secretary of ADB’s Energy Community of Practice and the focal point of ADB’s Clean Energy Program. He oversaw ADB's clean energy activities, coordinated ADB's efforts in clean energy development, climate change mitigation and provided technical support to ADB's energy related operations in low carbon development. From 2011-2015, Aiming Zhou served as the chairperson of Asia Clean Energy Forum. Prior to joining ADB in 2009, he worked with Alliance to Save Energy (2008-2009), University of Delaware (1999-2008) in the United States and Energy Research Institute in People’s Republic of China (1997-1999). He received a Doctoral degree in Energy and Environmental Policies from University of Delaware. He also holds Master degree in System Engineering (Economics) from Tsinghua University, and Bachelor degree in Energy Engineering from University of Science & Technology Beijing.
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The upcoming Asia Clean Energy Forum 2013 on June 25 to 28 at the ADB Headquarters is one of Asia’s premiere clean energy events. The event will bring together high level policy makers, the private sector, financial institutions, and civil society to discuss cutting-edge renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and approaches that are changing the face of developing Asia.
Resource depletion and environmental pollution are serious issues in developing Asia. This was well illustrated in January of this year when northern People’s Republic of China (PRC) suffered its worst air pollution on record. The level of pollution moved many to question the old development model of “pollute first, improve later”.