In this edition of What’s at Stake, Penta Partner Stratton Kirton interviews the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Principal Energy Specialist David Elzinga about the Energy Transition Mechanism (ETM).
Countries around the world have committed to lowering their emissions over the coming decades. While the U.S. and Europe are approaching the transition to clean energy as developed nations, countries across southeast Asia and Africa are attempting to meet their climate commitments while their populations boom. The Asian Development Bank’s ETM is an innovative program specifically designed to help developing nations transition more quickly to clean energy in a just and tailored way.
ETM aims to harness private and concessional capital to accelerate the retirement or repurposing of Southeast Asian fossil fuel plants and crowd in investment for clean energy alternatives.
Throughout the episode, David and Stratton discuss the details of ETM, the ADB’s commitment to fighting climate change, and why the energy transition in different parts of the world requires varied solutions. David also shares his advice for people looking to enter the clean energy space.
To learn more about ETM, visit the ADB’s homepage on the project.