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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

COVID-19 and the future of energy in the Asia- Pacific
By: SDPI

Donor: ESCAP

Duration: August – December, 2020

Introduction
SDPI has started this project with the help of ESCAP. SDPI will prepare the report “COVID-19 and the future of energy in the Asia- Pacific – threats and opportunities”. The purpose of this study will be to seek to decipher impacts of COVID on the energy sector in the Asia-Pacific region and identify policy responses by member States and other stakeholders to the pandemic to align with the energy sector transformation. Unless otherwise amended by the Parties, the report will have the following points like Immediate impacts of pandemic and energy, behavior change and enabling technology, implications of oil and gas price shock, green stimulus and policy options.

Objectives
The main objectives of the project are:

  • To explore the impact on energy demand in the post-COVID-19 period.
  • To help to structure thinking around the future of the Asia-Pacific energy sector for further developing strategies.
  • Actions to be taken by the governments to counter the challenges and long term impact of COVID-19.
  • To provide essential context on the issue for policymakers and other energy stakeholders, together with some recommendations.
  • Seek to decipher impacts of COVID-19 on the energy sector, and recast policy responses to the pandemic to align with the energy sector transformation.
  • To identify risks, opportunities and learnings from leading examples to guide policymakers and program designers and highlight opportunities where regional cooperation can support the goals of economic recovery and energy sector transformation.

Impacts
Impacts to the energy system emerging from COVID-19.

  • Impact on the renewable energy supply chain and the COVID-driven downturn in energy demand is presenting unforeseen risks to energy markets.
  • Green stimulus packages can provide an opportunity to drive renewables and energy efficiency and reduce reliance on high-emissions energy sources.
  • Lockdowns have lowered energy consumption.
  • Historic low oil and gas prices may compete with renewables and energy efficiency.
  • Low oil and gas prices may also drive fuel switching in the electricity sector away from coal and towards gas fired generation enabling more flexible grids and easing the integration of renewable energy.
  • The pandemic has highlighted the essential nature of the electricity system which is now widely recognized as being critical for hospitals and other healthcare services, teleworking and remote learning.

Outcome

  • Enhancing resilience towards future crises.
  • Making best use of recovery stimulus funds and leveraging energy security concerns to “build back better”.
  • Locking in behavior changes and attitude shifts to reap ongoing benefits from lockdown.
  • Taking advantage of low oil and gas prices to unwind fossil fuel subsidies and accelerate the energy transition.
  • Highlighting opportunities for regional cooperation.

Status: Ongoing

For More Information, Contact the Following Person:


Hina Aslam