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ASTAE: Asia Sustainable and Alternative Energy Program

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The Asia Sustainable and Alternative Energy Program (ASTAE) was created in 1992 as a Global Partnership Program. Its mandate is to scale up the use of sustainable energy options in Asia to reduce energy poverty and protect the environment. Achieving this objective rests on promoting ASTAE’s three pillars for sustainable development: renewable energy, energy efficiency, and access to energy. The program has been instrumental in increasing the share of sustainable energy projects in the World Bank energy portfolio in Asia; it has been especially successful in the East Asia and Pacific Region. Today, ASTAE covers client countries in the East and South Asia Regions. ASTAE is focused on downstream and operations-oriented activities that directly support and enhance World Bank lending projects related to the three ASTAE pillars.
FY 10 Annual Status Report
ASTAE-FY10-AR.pdf 
 
About ASTAE
FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS. . .
Lao PDR coverLAO PDR -  Power to the People: Twenty Years of National Electrification - This report presents the remarkable success story of the rapid deployment of a national electrification program by Lao People's Democratic Republic, integrated within a broader strategy of national and rural development. These efforts resulted in the quadrupling of the access rate from approximately 15 percent in 1995 to 70 percent in 2010, primarily through an extension of the grid. Moving toward the government target of 90 percent coverage by 2020 will require a dramatic increase in coverage by off-grid solutions. Lao PDR - Power to the People: Twenty Years of National Electrification [pdf] January 2012 
Also watch the companion videos, Lao PDR: Electricity for All - A Gender Lens and Lighting Homes, Empowering Lives: Twenty Years of Electrification in Lao PDR.
 
Lao PDR coverTRANSPORT -   Greenhouse Gas Emissions Mitigation in Road Construction and Rehabilitation: A Toolkit for Developing Countries - In expectation of population and automobile growth trends, the East Asia Sustainable Development Unit was tasked with conducting a timely study for the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions due to road construction and rehabilitation in East Asia. The development of this toolkit represents an effort to introduce new methodologies to reduce the gap between international best practices and the state-of-practice in East Asia. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Mitigation in Road Construction and Rehabilitation: A Toolkit for Developing Countries [pdf] June 2011 

Vietnam Electrification CoverVIETNAM - State and People, Central and Local, Working Together: The Rural Electrification Experience - This book chronicles the development of Vietnam’s rural electrification program. It tells the story of how the Vietnamese government conceived, developed, scaled up, and improved its program. It also discusses the roles the government, the country’s main utility, local authorities, local communities, and the country’s international development partners played in the pursuit of the electrification agenda. Vietnam - State and People, Central and Local, Working Together: The Rural Electrification Experience [pdf] March 2011. Also watch the companion video, The Last Mile.


Cambodia Cookstoves ThumbnailCAMBODIA - Supporting Self-Sustaining Commercial Markets for Improved Cookstoves and Household Biodigesters -This document highlights the technical reports of two programs related to the dissemination of efficient cookstoves and biodigesters that are working to develop creative business models and payment schemes so that poorer households can access these energy-efficient, renewable technologies and improve their livelihoods. Cambodia - Supporting Self-Sustaining Commercial Markets for Improved Cookstoves and Household Biodigesters [pdf] December 2010 Also watch the video: Gender Dimension of Improved Cooking Stoves in Cambodia. 

CHINA Offshore Wind Report - With support from AusAID and ASTAE, China: Meeting the Challenges of Offshore and Large-Scale Wind Power was implemented as a joint effort of the National Energy Administration of China and the World Bank, to gather lessons learned from international experience in large-scale onshore and offshore wind power development, with a view to informing China’s strategy going forward. The following two publications have been produced:

China Wind 1 coverMeeting the Challenges of Offshore and Large-Scale Wind Power: Strategic Guidance defines a roadmap for the promotion of offshore and large-scale onshore wind developments in China, and summarizes the messages emerging from a high-level workshop held in Beijing.
China Offshore Wind Report #1 [pdf] February 2010
Also available in Chinese
China Wind 2 cover

Regulatory Review of Offshore Wind in Five European Countries provides a detailed description and evaluation of the regulatory approaches that various countries in Europe have taken to develop offshore wind energy.
China Offshore Wind Report #2 [pdf] February 2010
Also available in Chinese


For a more complete listing of ASTAE publications, see the Publications and Reports section of this site. 
One Goal Two Paths cover photo
One Goal, Two Paths: Achieving Universal Access to Modern Energy in East Asia and the Pacific

This flagship report of the East Asia and the Pacific Region outlines an ambitious program to eradicate energy poverty in the Region by 2030. Over 1 billion people in the EAP Region still lack the most basic access to electricity and modern cooking solutions and with every second household in the Region depending on solid fuels for cooking, indoor air pollution is a major health risk factor, particularly for women and children. This report urges the governments of EAP countries to work simultaneously on two paths: (1) to achieve universal electricity access and (2) to increase access to clean cooking fuels. Read the report. 


VIDEO: Electricity for All -
A Gender Lens
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Power to the Poor (P2P) is a World Bank supported program in Lao PDR that provides targeted support to poor and women-headed households that are unable to finance the initial cost of connection to the power grid. Watch the Video (6.45 min)

VIDEO: Lighting Homes, Empowering Lives - 20 Years of Electrification in Lao PDR
Beneficiaries talk about the results of World Bank assistance to the electrification of LAO PDR that helped move the population connected to the power grid from 16% in 1995 to an impressive 70% in 2009. Watch the Video (6.57 min)
VIDEO: The Next Steppe - Mongolia's Energy Future 
TheNextSteppeIconThe Next Steppe - Mongolia's Energy Future looks at the culturally specific complexity, the technical challenges, and accomplishments of producing and delivering energy in Mongolia.
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