Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content


BNERI led ERIA’s Funded Project Kick-Off Meeting on the Development of Eco Town Model in ASEAN.


BNERI has recently secured a project funded by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) to develop an Eco Town Model in ASEAN. The full title of the project is "Development of Eco Town Model in ASEAN Region through the Adoption of Energy Efficient Building Technologies, Smart Grid and Transportation".

The project aims to promote the development of eco towns within the region by providing a basic principle that can assist the central and local government officials in planning effective low and energy efficiency policies and formulating an appropriate combination of low-energy measures whilst taking into account socio-economic conditions and city or town specific characteristics.


The study will look into three (3) main areas that will potentially achieve those aims mainly through a combination of individual analysis/modeling and through an integrated approach.


  • Building technologies,
  • Smart grid technologies and system, and
  • Vehicle technologies, fuel economy standard & policy and fuel savings analysis


The results and lessons learned will be develop into a guidebook or guidelines for planners who wish to implement low-energy urban design, building on from the studies as well as incorporating the practical methodologies for urban planning and design.


To initiate the project, a kick-off meeting was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 18 to 19 January 2016. It was attended by project team members from ERIA led by Dr Shigeru Kimura (Special Advisor to President on Energy Affairs), building experts from Malaysia (Mr Leong Siew Meng and Ir Lam Kim Seong), transportation expert from Japan (Mr Takayuki Kusajima, Toyota Motor Co.) and smart grid expert from Japan (Prof Yuichi Ikeda, Kyoto University).


The kick off meeting discussed the project scope and tasks for each subject matters i.e. building technologies, transportation and smart grids including the proposed contents of the final report. The project is expected to be completed by May/June 2016.


Project Lead: Majid Sapar, Senior Researcher (

Subject Lead (Building Technologies): Majid Sapar

Subject Lead (Transportation): Muhd Nabih Fakhri Bin Matussin

Subject Lead (Smart Grid): Dr Romeo Pacudan