Highlights from ERM: POWER-GEN Asia 2017
16 November 2017
POWER–GEN Asia 2017, as part of the ASIA Power Week, was held in Bangkok on September 19-21, 2017.
The event had over 8,000 participants attending the exhibition hall and over 700 delegates attending the conference proceedings, making POWER-GEN Asia the most attended power generation event in Asia Pacific. This document summarizes ERM’s thoughts and insights from the conference. We hope they stimulate or reinforce some of your own thinking and we would welcome the chance to discuss them with you.
Asia Pacific's primary energy demand is projected to double by 2030 according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). One of the greatest challenges for the Asian power sector is to diversify and increase its supply capacity to meet the needs of the 21st Century in a sustainable manner against an agenda of a changing climate. ERM has extensive project experience across all power generation sources including thermal, hydro, wind, solar and geothermal in Asia and internationally.
The services ERM provides support our clients at all stages of the project life cycle including: initial site searches and feasibility assessments; baseline environmental monitoring; environmental and social impact assessment for project permitting and financing; environmental and safety plans for construction; development of environmental and safety systems for operations; environmental, safety and process safety audits of generating plants; contaminated land assessment and end of life decontamination and demolition.
For the Power Sector, ERM considers the following issues to be particularly relevant today:
- Plant Safety - accidents/incidents prevention, behavioral safety, safety culture development, and improved safety performance;
- The increasing commercial competitiveness of renewable and alternative energy technologies, and the integration of these in the existing electricity systems;
- Emergence of integrated CCGT/FSRU projects and associated environmental social and process risks;
- Permitting of new development projects;
- Approvals of environmental, social and health impact assessments in Asia and their potential impact on project development timeframes;
- Stakeholder engagement, land acquisition and resettlement implications for project financing; and
- Climate change developments - implications of the latest OECD guidelines / COP 21 outcomes, particularly on coal fired power projects and potential impacts on new project financial returns.
Read more in ERM's Highlights from POWER–GEN Asia 2017