Resilience in an energy system can be defined as its ability to resist, absorb, accommodate, adapt to, transform and recover from shocks and stresses. Energy resilience in the Asia-Pacific region is shaped by dynamics relating to energy security, transitions, reliability and recent disasters, such as coastal flooding, volcanic eruptions, cyclones and COVID-19. This interactive workshop series on 1-4 December 2020 will open up dialogue on energy resilience focusing on the experience of Pacific Island Countries, as well as exchange experiences with other regions. Case studies will include Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Tokelau, as well as drawing experience from Australia and a range of other countries. The aim of the series is to jointly identify research priorities for increasing energy resilience using grid and off-grid renewable energy in Pacific Island Countries. The three workshops are:
- Planning and investing in more resilient energy systems (15:30-17:30 AEDT, 1st December)
- Energy resilience and the political economy of off-grid solar (15:30-17:30 AEDT, 2nd December)
- Community energy resilience strategies in response to disasters (15:30-17:30 AEDT, 3rd December)
We will bring together insights from the three workshops in a panel discussion at the Urban Resilience Asia Pacific Conference:
- Energy resilience and disasters in the South Pacific: political economy dynamics, community responses and planning (16:00-16:50 AEDT, 4th December)
The series is organised by the University of New South Wales, University of the South Pacific, University of Papua New Guinea and Loughborough University, with contributions from partners ITP Renewables, GSES and CSIRO. We welcome participants from the Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference, Urban Resilience Asia Pacific Conference and Geographic Information for Disaster Management Conference. The work is supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s International Engagement Program, the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Research Fellowship scheme.
Download the workshop background paper and register here.