Data and Ambition Loops in the Southeast Asian Region: Opportunities and Challenges

ASEAN Implementation of Science-Based Targets

About the Webinar

Climate change is one of the top security concerns in Southeast Asia. As one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change with two-thirds of its population living in low-lying coastal areas, the region is recording an increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Southeast Asia contributed 3.6% of global emissions in 2013. By 2040, the region’s contribution to global emissions is projected to soar from 4.1% to 6.5%. Despite the awareness of the scale and urgency of the climate emergency, current government initiatives to mitigate climate impacts are insufficient. The webinar will discuss the role of the private sector as a wing of support to governments in fostering more ambitious climate actions through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). It will discuss the opportunities of SBTi in providing companies in Southeast Asia a pathway to future-proof growth. The webinar also aims to share knowledge and experience in enhancing data transparency, scope out opportunities for ambitious climate actions, and to build up a network for experts and participants from international and regional institutions and the private sectors as well.

This webinar is jointly organised by ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute and WRI Indonesia.

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About the Speakers

Melinda Martinus is Lead Researcher (Socio-cultural) of the ASEAN Studies Centre, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore. Melinda’s research interests revolve around smart city initiatives, urban resilience, and institutional framework and policy for advancing climate ambition in Southeast Asia. Before joining the Institute, she was program manager at Kota Kita Foundation, Indonesia and a researcher at the Center for Metropolitan Studies (Centropolis) at Tarumanagara University Jakarta. Melinda studied urban planning at Tarumanagra University Jakarta and Columbia University in the City of New York.

Dedy Mahardika joined the World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia in 2017 as a young researcher of Wahana Riset Indonesia (Science Laboratory), and is currently a researcher with the Climate Program for WRI Indonesia. Dedy leads the research in the field of the transparency and climate actions from non-state actors. His research focuses on the data and ambition loops, and how it would help increase national climate ambition. Beyond that, Dedy will lead the project that aims to assess the opportunity and challenges of the Science Based Targets implementation in the Southeast Asia region. Dedy earned his M.Sc. in Environment and Energy Engineering from Kyungpook National University, Republic of Korea.

Nate Aden is a Senior Associate with WRI’s Business Center and the WRI Climate Program. Nate leads interdisciplinary research focused industrial sector transformation, methods to align company greenhouse gas (GHG) targets with ambitious climate scenarios, and components of country-level GHG-GDP divergence. Nate also works directly with companies, industry associations, and other stakeholders to map and implement pathways to a competitive low-carbon economy. Prior to joining WRI, Nate was with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California where he conducted energy efficiency research with a focus on energy efficiency policy, assessment of Chinese urban form energy use and emissions, Chinese energy data, transport electrification and renewable electricity scenario analysis, the coal and the steel sectors. Nate holds a PhD degree from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, a MA degree from Stanford University, and a BA degree from Cornell University.

Alberto Carrillo Pineda is Director, Science Based Targets and Renewable Energy at CDP. Prior to that, Alberto led the Climate Business Engagement unit for WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative coordinating efforts across WWF’s network on a number of topics including science-based target setting, and was responsible for policy engagement and transformational renewable electricity procurement. Alberto had held management and consulting positions in leading global carbon asset management firms, including South Pole Carbon Asset Management Ltd. and Ecosecurities Ltd.


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Aug 25 2020


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm