ASIA-EUROPE ENERGY POLICY RESEARCH NETWORK

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ASIA-EUROPE ENERGY POLICY RESEARCH NETWORK

The Asia-Europe Energy Policy Research Network (AEEPRN), established in 2012, is the first international network that specifically brings together scholars researching Asian and European energy policies. ESI is one of eight universities/institutes involved in this network. The others are: Department of East Asian Studies, University of Leeds (UK); Department of Psychology, Politics and Sociology, Canterbury Christ Church University (UK); Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, University of Oxford (UK); International Studies Division, Korea University (Korea); Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan); Beijing Energy Economics Research Base, Beijing University of Technology (China); and Chatham House: Royal Institute of International Affairs, London (UK).

The goal of this network to conduct objective, cutting-edge research that contributes to financially viable and environmentally sustainable energy use within and between Asia and Europe. There are many vital issues to discuss, as Asia and Europe—despite their differences—are confronted with many similar critical energy challenges, namely:

  • Reconciling both regions’ predicted growth in energy consumption rates with climate change policy objectives.
  • Creating the necessary socio-technical and institutional environments for the economy and society’s transition towards low-carbon energy paradigms.
  • Building on each region’s significant potential for developing green energy sectors, i.e. renewables and energy efficiency/saving technologies.
  • Developing new research methodologies for assessing energy security on an international comparative basis from theoretical/conceptual and empirical perspectives.
  • Contributing to international energy market stability and order.

The network focuses on three areas of research, namely: climate change mitigation, electricity markets and the transportation sector. In this context, the key research questions are:

  • What are the challenges facing Asia and Europe as both attempt to move towards a low-carbon future?
  • In which areas can Asia and Europe work closer together to address the common and prevailing energy challenges facing the two regions?

ESI organised the first inaugural AEEPRN conference in Singapore in May 2012 on the topic “Transitioning from Fossil Fuels? European and Asian Perspectives” and actively participated in the subsequent 2013, 2014 and 2015 conferences held in Beijing, Leeds and Seoul, respectively. On behalf of the network, ESI also created and is maintaining the AEEPRN website (www.aeeprn.com).;

The purpose of the Asia Europe Energy Policy Research Network is to increase contacts between Asian and European energy scholars to support greater cross-disciplinary dialogues. This is the first international network that specifically brings together researchers doing Asian and European energy policy research.

There are many vital issues to discuss, as Asia and Europe – despite their differences – are confronted with many similar critical energy challenges, namely:

  • To reconcile both regions’ predicted growth in energy consumption rates with climate change policy objectives.
  • To create the necessary socio-technical and institutional environments for the economy and society’s transition towards low-carbon energy paradigms.
  • To build on each region’s significant potential for developing green energy sectors, i.e., renewables and energy efficiency/saving technologies.
  • To develop new research methodologies for assessing energy security on an international comparative basis from theoretical/conceptual and empirical perspectives.
  • To contribute to international energy market stability and order.

The research will focus on the three broad areas that are most relevant to government policy-makers, investors and the business community, namely:

  • Climate change mitigation
  • Competitive electricity market design
  • Reduction of fossil fuel consumption in the transport sector

The initial eight institutions are:

  • Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore (Singapore);
  • Department of East Asian Studies, University of Leeds (UK);
  • Department of Psychology, Politics and Sociology, Canterbury Christ Church University (UK);
  • Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, University of Oxford (UK);
  • International Studies Division, Korea University (Korea);
  • Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan);
  • Beijing Energy Economics Research Base, Beijing University of Technology (China);
  • Chatham House, London (UK).
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