ASEAN energy ministers call for increased EE toward regional energy intensity reduction targets

  • ASEAN energy ministers call for increased EE toward regional energy intensity reduction targets

SINGAPORE, 29 October 2018 -- The 36th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) was held in this city state earlier today. Mr. Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore, officiated and chaired the meeting. Dr. Siri Jirapongphan, Minister for Energy of Thailand was the Vice Chair. The Philippines was represented by H.E. Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi of the Department of Energy. 

Among the several statements made during the 36th AMEM was the highlighted need to work together to achieve ASEAN's energy intensity reduction targets through increased efforts in energy efficiency and green buildings code enforcement.

An excerpt from the Joint Statement of the energy ministers on energy intensity reduction was released by the Singapore government earlier today:

“The Ministers welcomed the good progress towards realising ASEAN’s energy intensity reduction targets of 20% by 2020 and 30% by 2030, noting that ASEAN had achieved a 21.9% reduction in energy intensity compared with 2005 levels in 2016.  The Ministers lauded the achievement as a milestone, having exceeded ASEAN’s 2020 target. They looked forward to sustaining this positive momentum with increased energy efficiency (EE) efforts in buildings, home appliances, as well as in new areas such as transportation.”  

“In particular, the Ministers noted that energy demand in the buildings sector is expected to grow significantly over the next decade and highlighted the potential for energy savings with the implementation of cost-effective EE measures.   In this regard, the Ministers welcomed the progress towards the development of green building codes for ASEAN and endorsed the key recommendations of the study conducted by the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) under the ASEAN-German Energy Programme (AGEP).  The recommendations include (i) developing a comprehensive roadmap on regional green building codes, (ii) improving coordination between public and private stakeholders, (iii) incorporating EE measures in the initial stages of building design, and (iv) including green building codes and EE measures training to address the lack of skilled manpower in the buildings sector.  As the next step, the Ministers looked forward to the convening of a training programme for policy makers to raise awareness on green building codes in 2019.”

“The Ministers acknowledged the efforts in building a conducive environment for wider energy efficiency and conservation (EE&C)