Australasian Journal of Environmental Management
Meeting Environmental Objectives through Energy Sector Reforms in Asia and the Pacific:
Role of Energy Pricing and Reforms Towards Emissions Reduction
Jointly organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute and the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management.
The energy sectors of Asia are carbon intensive. Delivering environmental objectives such as emissions reductions requires several reforms in energy pricing and energy markets in Asia. The energy sectors of developing Asia have also undergone reforms such as liberalization, privatization, and enhancement of competition related to generation, transmission, and distribution of energy. These reforms have differential effects on energy prices for households as well as industries engendering varying impacts on the environment. Though the inconsistent behavior of different regulatory reforms towards different countries and regions of the world is well recognized in the policy formulation of the energy sector, the lesson learned from the developed countries of Asia can be applied in formulating energy reforms in different transition economies of the continent after contextualizing it with their local micro-macro and institutional factors.
Energy prices are usually controlled or subsidized in developing Asian economies in order to reduce energy costs to low-income consumers and firms. However, with the growing need to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the need for energy pricing reforms has been raised by many international organizations, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Energy pricing reforms have emerged as one of the most important policy challenges for developing Asia towards environmental protection and management. The benefits of energy pricing reforms include not only the reduction of government expenditure, but also greater investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements, and reduction of GHG emissions. For example, the ADB estimates that government expenditure on energy subsidies reaches 2-4% of GDP in India, Indonesia and Thailand. It is important to evaluate not only benefits but also costs of energy pricing reforms. Understanding both the short-term and long-term costs and benefits of energy pricing reforms in emissions reductions will help to provide evidence-based policy recommendations on the implementation of energy pricing reforms in achieving the environmental objectives.
ADBI invites original, unpublished paper submissions addressing pricing of all forms of energy including fossil fuels, electricity and renewable energy, as well as its role in sustainable growth in Asia, to be presented at a workshop in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on 10-11 March 2020. Priority topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Environmental management and regulation and the energy sector
- recent developments
- the need for reform
- Modelling impact of energy pricing reforms on:
- Renewable energy and energy efficiency/intensity
- GHG emissions reductions scenarios
- Preventing environmental degradation
- Climate change adaptation and mitigation
- Case studies of energy pricing reforms impacts on:
- the environment
- resource use
- meeting GHG targets
- Greenhouse gas emissions reduction and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)
- role of energy sector reforms and pricing
- environmental policies
- Linkage of energy pricing reforms and other policies, such as Emission Trading Schemes (ETS), carbon taxes, fossil fuel energy subsides and feed-in tariffs.
Full papers or extended abstracts of at least 1,000 words should be submitted to ADBI via the email button below, no later than 30 December 2019.
Please include the following:
- Paper Title
- Short biography of the author(s)
- Contact information
- Keywords with appropriate fields (JEL classifications)
Authors of selected papers/abstracts will be notified by ADBI by 15 January 2020. A full draft paper should be submitted via the above link by 29 February 2020.
Only papers written in English will be considered. Early submissions with a full paper are preferred.
Selected papers will be invited for submission to the special issue of the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, there will be a standard peer review process on the selected paper.
Authors of selected papers will be invited to the paper development workshop in Nur-Sultan on 10-11 March 2020. ADBI will cover the return flight (economy class) and hotel stay for one author of each accepted paper, of whom must be a citizen of an Asian Development Bank member country.
- Naoyuki Yoshino, Asian Development Bank Institute
- Peter J. Morgan, Asian Development Bank Institute
- Dina Azhgaliyeva, Asian Development Bank Institute
- Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary, Tokai University, Tokyo, Japan
- Rabindra Nepal, University of Wollongong, Australia
- Peter Howie, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
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