ASEAN energy ministers pledge greater cooperation in energy security and sustainability

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A press conference took place in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday in connection with the ongoing 34th ASEAN Ministers of Energy Meeting (AMEM) and its related meetings.

The five-day meeting kicked off in the country’s capital city on Monday with the aim of enhancing cooperation in areas of energy security and sustainability and broadening collaboration with ASEAN’s dialogue partners and international organisations.

The meeting discussed strategies to achieve higher aspirational targets to improve energy efficiency and increase the uptake of renewable energy sources in line with the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) 2016-2020.

The meeting agreed on the aspirational target to increase the component to renewable energy to 23 per cent by 2025 in ASEAN energy mix and reduce
energy intensity by 20 per cent in 2020 based on the 2005 level. Energy and Electricity Deputy Minister Dr Tun Naing said the meeting reached an agreement to enhance connectivity for energy security and accessibility through the construction of more gas pipelines, promote the technologies for use of coal and clean coal, and implement civilian nuclear energy in 2016- 2017.

According to officials at the press conference, the 34th ASEAN Ministers of Energy Meeting (AMEM) has set a theme “Toward Greener Community with Cleaner Energy”. The ASEAN ministers for energy will meet in the Philippines for the 35th AMEM next year.