The importance of renewable energy cooperation in ASEAN

Published onFebruary 15, 2018

The Paris climate accord that was signed by 195 countries in December 2012 revealed how important an issue climate change is and why it affects all of us. The Paris climate deal was an agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to form a global response to the growing threat of climate change. The effects of climate change have already been seen in the region…

…one of the many ways to combat climate change is by using renewable energy instead of being reliant on fossil fuels, natural gas or coal since most renewable energy sources produce very little or zero global warming emissions. In a joint statement released by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) last September, ASEAN has set a target of securing 23% of its primary energy from renewable sources by 2025. This target may seem ambitious but with better cooperation between ASEAN member states, it could become a possibility. The ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) released a study on regional renewable energy cooperation in ASEAN last month in hopes that it would help strengthen discourse on renewable energy cooperation within the region…

…regional cooperation is imperative if ASEAN wants to achieve their renewable energy target for 2025. One of the benefits of cooperation among ASEAN states with regards to renewable energy is that it would create space for dialogue and coordination. The EU has a similar framework, dubbed the “CA-RES” programme, which provides a forum for EU nations to exchange knowledge and to put into practice examples of the implementation of renewable energy policies.

Source: https://theaseanpost.com/article/importance-renewable-energy-cooperation-asean-0