IFPA Spring Sustainability Session: an Overview for Investors and Financiers in Asia's Power Sector

Tuesday, 7 February 2017 - Hong Kong
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 - Singapore

In 2016, global conditions continued to challenge and transform the energy space, resulting in changes across the industry. Moving into 2017, some of the key issues facing the power sector include the impact of the Paris Agreement, falling capital costs for renewable energy and volatile natural gas and oil prices.

ERM, together with Simmons and Simmons, will host an interactive workshop – supported by leading industry participants – to discuss the current and projected market and legal trends in the Asian power sector. This session will garner views on one of the most important challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region: to meet projected energy demand in the face of evolving requirements from regulators, communities and financiers. This workshop will be held in both Hong Kong and Singapore.

Key topics for discussion include:

  • An overview of current market trends for the power sector in Asia
  • Examination of recent legal developments including the Paris Agreement, the OECD Arrangement, the AIIB Energy Strategy and regulation of green bonds
  • Sustainability considerations and the shift to less carbon-intensive power generation, including renewables and an increased demand for FSRU/natural gas-derived power.

ERM's Role

ERM is cohosting, as well as providing two speakers. Sean Purdie will provide an overview of current market trends for the power sector in Asia for both sessions and Robin Kennish (Hong Kong session) and Alastair Scott (Singapore session) will provide views on the sustainability considerations and the shift to less carbon-intensive power generation, including renewables and an increased demand for FSRU/natural gas-derived power.

ERM Speakers

Sean Purdie is ERM’s Managing Partner, Power - Asia Pacific. He is based in Hong Kong, and has responsibility for all of ERM’s power business in APAC. Sean has 18 years of experience in the Asia Pacific power sector. He joined DesignPower of New Zealand in 1998 and when they was purchased by Parsons Brinckerhoff he moved to Hong Kong in June 2000 as head of business development setting up PB Power’s technical consultancy business. He spent seven years with PB Power working in all Asian countries and all power disciplines. This was followed by four years as Senior Vice President with the power investment division of Marubeni Corporation, still based in Hong Kong, including working on the acquisition of the 3300 MW Senoko Power in Singapore and greenfield power projects throughout the region. Sean rejoined PB (post acquisition by Balfour Beatty) in 2011 as Power Development Director for Asia. This role encompassed consultancy services, EPC development and investment support. In March 2013 he joined ERM. Sean maintains an excellent network in the power sector throughout Asia Pacific and can discuss power market developments and opportunities across the region.

Dr Robin Kennish is a Director and Partner of ERM in Hong Kong with responsibility for managing and directing Environmental Social and Health Impact Assessments and other studies particularly for the Power sector. Dr Kennish has over twenty years’ experience in environmental management with extensive experience in managing large-scale infrastructure projects. His particular focus has been on the impacts of power projects on the environment and working with Proponents to help their Projects meet the requirements of local regulations and international lenders (eg IFC, ADB, JBIC, KEXIM Equator Principles etc). Robin has worked throughout the Asia Pacific region and most recently on power projects in the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Myanmar and Vietnam.

Mr. Alastair McNair Scott is the Managing Partner of ERM’s operations in South East Asia and has over twenty years of experience in environmental and sustainability consultancy. Mr Scott has been involved in numerous assessments of major infrastructure projects in the power (thermal and renewable), petrochemical, mining, waste, oil and gas (LNG, offshore and onshore) and property sectors. Since joining in 1996 Mr Scott has worked in ERM’s Singapore, London, Beijing and Hong Kong offices. While at ERM he has managed or participated in projects in Malaysia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, China, the UK, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Ecuador, Japan, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Australia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, New Zealand, Vietnam and Fiji. Prior to joining ERM, Mr. Scott spent a year in Brazil where he worked for the Environmental Division of Jaakko Poyry Brazil on various environmental impact assessments, audits and strategic plans. 

Register for the workshop

To register your attendance for this session, followthe link below, where you can select your preferred location. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis


Workshops will be held in both Hong Kong and Singapore.

Hong Kong
Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Tuesday, 14 February 2017