New target needed on Asean energy

Published onNovember 8, 2018

Thailand’s Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan has asked the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) to conduct a study to revise the target for energy use under Asean Ministers on Energy Meetings (AMEM) after Asean countries reached the exisiting target sooner than planned in 2021. Siri said that a committee will study the new target for reduction of the energy intensity as committed at 20 per cent within 2021. All 10 Asean countries have reached the committed target earlier, lowering the energy intensity by 21.9 per cent in 2016, compared to the base year in 2005. The committee will take one year for the study from now and the results will be proposed to the 37th AMEM, to be hosted by Thailand. Next year, Thailand will be well-prepared to host AMEM and Asean Plus Three (China, South Korea and Japan) meeting with the United States and India.