Greetings & Salam 1Malaysia.

I am delighted to announce the 3rd International Sustainable Energy Summit (ISES) which will be held from 5th to 6th April 2016 at Putrajaya Marriott Hotel, Malaysia. The ISES being a biennial event, was first inaugurated on 7th-8th November 2012 as a knowledge-sharing and networking platform in fulfilment of the Strategic Thrust 5 of the National Renewable Energy Action Plan. For this upcoming 3rd ISES 2016, the Organising Committee and I have decided to fortify the brand of ISES by giving the platform an official logo. In this regard, it is with great pleasure that I introduce the new logo for ISES and also the theme of the 3rd ISES 2016 which is “Democratising Electricity Supply”.

In SEDA, we believe that democratising electricity supply is the hallmark of the maturity of an electricity supply system which provides options and choices to electricity consumers that electricity access to all is a basic human right. In the advent of worsening climate change and declining fossil fuel, the role of sustainable energy in the realm of Sustainable Development has taken centre stage in recent years. In SEDA, we also believe that Sustainable Development comprises of both Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency thus making the equation of Renewable Energy (RE) + Energy Efficiency (EE) = Sustainable Development (SD). The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) “Global Report Status 2015”, stated that the Renewable Energy share of global electricity production as of 2014 shows a positive growth from 19.1 % in 2013 to 22.8 %. In Malaysia, under the 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK11), the Government has also prioritised Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency to address the dual global agenda of mitigating global warming and energy security issues. The process of democratising electricity supply in several countries has embedded sustainable energy measures as alternative options for electricity consumers and users. While Germany takes the leading role in such process, Malaysia is on the cusp of democratising electricity supply. The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) mechanism administered by SEDA is one such measure, the commitment by the Government of Malaysia under the RMK11 to initiate net energy metering and Utility Scale Solar (USS) for solar photovoltaic technologies are amongst some of the encouraging measures undertaken.

This ISES platform aspired to spawn fresh ideas, innovations and lessons learnt amongst the leaders/technology pioneers from various nations so the learning curve on democratising electricity supply can be reduced. Admittedly there are many issues and challenges to address in order for a nation to truly democratise their electricity supply. I look forward to your participation at the 3rd ISES 2016. At this juncture, I thank the speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and media partners who have committed their resources in furtherance of the sustainable energy and Sustainable Development agenda in the country.

Sincerely and warmest regards,
Catherine Ridu
The Organising Chair