New and Existing Technologies Enabling Southeast Asia's Decarbonization


Digital technologies have a role to play in helping countries decarbonize. Available and emerging technologies are already enabling efficiencies that drive decarbonization. These range from satellite technology that provides massive data on how extreme weather is affecting ecosystems to online platforms that allow users to reduce their carbon footprint.

This session, "Digital Innovation to Advance a Net-Zero Future" at the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) fourth Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS), examined game-changing innovations that can further advance countries’ transition to net zero. It also explored policies and initiatives that can help governments accelerate their digital transformation.


• Welcome Remarks: Thomas Abell, Chief, Digital Technology for Development, ADB
• Setiaji Setiaji, Chief, Digital Transformation Office, Ministry of Health, Indonesia 
• Benjamin Koetz, Head of Sustainable Initiatives Office, Earth Observation Directorate, European Space Agency
• Ming Tan, Founding Executive Director, Tech for Good Institute   
• Emily Ng, Head of Majors Accounts for Asia, Zoom  
• Adrienne Heinrich, Head of AI and Innovation Center of Excellence, Aboitiz Data Innovation   
• Closing Presentation: Marc Lepage, Principal IT Specialist (Technology Innovation), ADB
• Moderator: Akito Tanaka, Senior Staff Writer and Chief Business News Correspondent, Nikkei Asia
• Master of Ceremonies: Arndt Husar, Senior Public Management Specialist (Digital Transformation), ADB

The session was co-organized with the Tech for Good Institute.

With the theme, "Imagining a Net-Zero ASEAN," SEADS 2023 explored measures governments, communities, and the private sector could take to progress toward carbon neutrality.