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Panel at ASEAN Energy Business Forum 2018

Photo courtesy of the event organiser

On 29 October 2018, Dr Liu Yang and Dr Victor Nian from the Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore, were invited to participate in ASEAN Energy Business Forum (AEBF) 2018, held in conjunction with ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Dr Victor Nian chaired the session titled “Low Carbon Initiatives to Develop Sustainable Energy in ASEAN”. Dr Liu Yang spoke as a panellist. 

AEBF is the only official ASEAN conference and exhibition on energy that brings high-level regional and international policymakers and key business players. AEBF 2018 was hosted by ASEAN Chair, Singapore, represented by the Energy Market Authority of Singapore and opened along with the 36th AMEM. This year’s AEBF’s features the theme - “Interconnecting Energy for an Integrated and Competitive ASEAN”.  

Dr Liu Yang shared the knowledge and experience in energy efficiency standardisation and labelling schemes in ASEAN. He suggested that harmonisation of energy efficiency standards across ASEAN countries needs to be sustained by an action plan, including establishing an ASEAN-wide products database, integrating test standards, unifying energy efficiency thresholds with the creation of an ad hoc task force. He pointed out that ASEAN’s current energy policies fall short of the 23 percent renewable target by 2025 but keep on track to achieving its energy intensity reduction target of 20 percent in 2020 based on 2005 level. ASEAN must perceive policies related to energy efficiency and renewables as complementary tools to increase the synergy within the policy mix, as even with existing renewables capacity, controlling the region’s energy demand growth will simply increase the share of renewables in the energy mix and help phase out fossil-fuel sources.

(Posted on 30 October 2018)