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Victoria 070Taking into consideration global needs for new sources of energy to meet the growing industrial and household demands in the midst of rising energy costs and diminishing fossil fuels, it is one of top priorities for Asia-Pacific economies to explore the most efficient ways of ensuring smooth transitions from fossil fuels to non-traditional and renewable energies. Lessons can be learnt and inspirations generated by sharing how urban centers and remote communities are adopting eco-friendly and energy-efficient practices by making behavioral changes and applying new economic models.

(Read more about the two-year PECC international project on energy transition.)

The first seminar held in Victoria, BC, Canada on November 7-8, 2013, covered the commercial development and viability of new energy sources and technology. The participating experts discussed how these new sources of energy are likely to provide for longer-term solutions to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change and the increase in price of depleting fossil fuels. The seminar also addressed the prospects of renewable energies in respect to the rapid development of non-traditional energy fuels such as shale gas and oil that are being touted as improved options in comparison to the expensive and environmentally unsound conventional fossil fuels. The contents of seminar included:

- discussions and recommendations in favor of commercial development of renewable and non-traditional energies;
- identification of various possibilities that renewable energies could offer in meeting the two important challenges: a) predictability, and b) storage or linkage to the existing power grids; and
- discussions on the need to bring new types of energies to market competitiveness by focusing on: a) advancing the technical knowledge from the drawing board to the market, and b) enhancing the capability of industrial enterprises to reform their business models with the aims to facilitate energy transition in the PECC economies.

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Pacific Currents

Digital Technologies, Services and the Fourth Industrial Revolutions
Submitted by Jane Drake-Brockman, Christopher Findlay, Yose Rizal Damuri and Sherry Stephenson 


COVID-19 has Exposed Major Gaps in our Social Safety Nets: In a Post-COVID World Will these Gaps be Closed?
Hugh Stephens
Vice Chair, CANCPEC; Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; Executive Fellow, School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary


COVID-19: Experiences from best practices in Asia show a path forward in the fight against the coronavirus
Jeffrey Reeves
Vice-President of Research for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada


Wuhan Dispatch: Part 2: Sharing Best Practices Around Testing and Treatment
Jeffrey Reeves
Vice-President of Research for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada


Wuhan Dispatch: Part 1: Establishing a Dialogue Between Canadian and Chinese Health-care Professionals
Jeffrey Reeves
Vice-President of Research for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada


Multilateral Cooperation is a Safeguard against Pandemics
Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria
Executive Director, APEC Secretariat


International cooperation during COVID-19
Sungbae An
Senior Research Fellow, Department of International Macroeconomics and Finance, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)


G20 comes to the fore again
Jorge Heine
Research Professor, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University; Non-resident senior research fellow at the Center for China and Globalization in Beijing


Tackling COVID-19 Together: A Bottom-Up Approach to Trade Policy
Simon J. Evenett
Economics Professor at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and Global Trade Alert


Drastic measures to stop spread of COVID-19 are necessary
Charles E. Morrison
Adjunct Fellow and Former President of the East-West Center; Former Co-Chair, PECC


International Trade at a Time of Covid-19
Roy Santana
Expert on tariffs and customs issues at the WTO; occasional lecturer


ASEAN-China cooperation in time of COVID-19 pandemic
Jusuf Wanandi
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, CSIS Foundation; Former Co-Chair of PECC