Join us at SAREF 3.0 from 6 to 7 September 2023 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, Sarawak.

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SAREF is a biennial conference that represents a 10-year thought leadership campaign, bringing leaders and subject matter experts in the energy and sustainability sectors which includes c-suites, policy makers, academicians, civil societies and the media together to discuss about renewable energy and actionable solutions to build a more sustainable energy future for Southeast Asia.

Sarawak Energy organised the first conference in 2019 to advocate for the campaign. Anchored on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) with a focus on Goal No. 7, 13, 17, 11, 5 and 8, each subsequent SAREF conference provides the opportunity to review commitments made previously.


Over the years, Southeast Asia’s demand for energy has increased rapidly and is expected to rise about 80% by 2040 (International Energy Agency). Improving access to clean, renewable, reliable and affordable energy, in line with UNSDG No. 7, is fundamental to Southeast Asia's development.

Global movements on a low-carbon and sustainable energy future have been growing with stakeholders from various industries committing to drive actionable solutions to reach net zero targets by 2050. Southeast Asia countries have set respective net zero targets and are working towards it through individual national determined contributions.

Achieving these goals depends heavily on a just and inclusive energy transition that centers on the people and sustainable communities. At the regional level, this is done through renewable energy development and regional interconnections.

SAREF 3.0 will further deliberate the conversation surrounding these topics, including effective ESG strategies, resource and knowledge sharing, workforce readiness as well as provide a platform to foster partnerships for goals.


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SAREF 2.0 (2021)

SAREF 2.0 was organised in partnership with UN Global Compact Network Malaysia and Brunei (UNGCMYB) by integrating it within the GO ESG ASEAN 2021 Summit as a parallel session.

It featured insightful and purposeful dialogues about renewable energy sector’s role and build out for a sustainable shared energy future, covering three panel sessions with discussion on:

  • Energy Poverty Eradication
  • Expanding Sarawak’s Renewable Energy Footprint
  • Transitioning to Low Carbon Energy Systems, eventually reaching net zero carbon emission targets by 2050

Speakers included energy industry experts and leaders Datu Haji Sharbini Suhaili, Group CEO of Sarawak Energy; Ivan Tan, Chairman of Shell Malaysia; Wong Kim Yin, Group President and CEO of Sembcorp Industries; Ibrahim Ariffin, Director of Strategic Planning for Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia and Roger Gill, President of London-based International Hydropower Association.

Click here to catch the recording of SAREF 2.0: Renewable Energy Leaders Forum.

SAREF 1.0 (2019)

Launched by the Premier of Sarawak, The Right Honourable Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg, the two-day forum attracted an audience of around 1,000 from 12 countries.

Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh also delivered a special keynote address in her capacity as a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador then.

Topics of discussion included:

  • Sustainability and Renewable Energy
  • Renewable Energy Certificate
  • Renewable Hydropower-Catalyst for Growth in Southeast Asia (SEA)
  • Sustainability and Financing
  • Circular Economy
  • Driving Sustainability
  • Preparing the Workforce for 2030

International speakers who participated in the forum included Faroze Nadar, Executive Director of United Nations Global Compact; Takafumi Kadono, Senior Energy Specialist of World Bank Group; Eddie Rich, London-based CEO of International Hydropower Association; Tom Szaky, US-based CEO of Terracycle; and Quan Nan, Chief Representative of ASEAN Global Energy Interconnection.

Check out our event highlights below: