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ASEAN, Germany committed to strengthening partnership for sustainable energy

ASEAN, Germany committed to strengthening partnership for sustainable energy

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 16:18 GMT+7
ASEAN, Germany committed to strengthening partnership for sustainable energy
This supplied photo shows Dr. Guido Hildner, German Ambassador to Vietnam.

The executive director of the ASEAN Center for Energy (ACE), Dr. Nuki Agya Utama, and Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc have launched the 6th ASEAN Energy Outlook (AEO6), the region's primary official source of energy information, analysis, and projections, the German Embassy in Hanoi said in a press release on Thursday.

Covering national, regional, and global perspectives, this publication highlights deep and cohesive insights into the energy landscape and supply and consumption trends.

It also underlines impacts on socioeconomic development and the environment as well as efforts to enhance energy connectivity and market integration in the region to achieve energy security, accessibility, affordability, and sustainability for all.

"The 6th ASEAN energy outlook will provide us with an overview of the current energy landscape with some possible scenarios for policymakers and other stakeholders,” Dr. Utama was quoted as saying in the press release.

“It also contains energy perspectives by 2040 and its pathways for the region to be more resilient, to enable energy affordability and sustainability.

“It presents comparative scenarios versus baseline, current energy planning, more implementation on RE and EE targets, as well as the implementation of SDG7.”

"The access to energy, its security, and affordability and at the same time the need for clean energy are key to the sustainable economic development of the ASEAN region,” said Dr. Guido Hildner, German Ambassador to Vietnam.

“Secure and sustainable energy is a German priority both in our bilateral and in our regional partnerships with ASEAN and its member states."

ASEAN and Germany have been together for more than a decade to advocate sustainable energy across Southeast Asia.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of Germany, has been supporting the development of the ASEAN Energy Outlooks in cooperation with all ASEAN Member States (AMS) representatives since 2015.

Notwithstanding this year's challenge from the COVID-19 pandemic, ASEAN and Germany confirm the pivotal importance of strong cooperation and collaborative efforts, not only to meet the energy needs of its growing economy and population from now until 2040 but also to achieve its aspirational regional target as well as a global commitment under SDG7.

"Our key regional cooperation in the energy field is ASEAN-German Energy Program, where we support ACE, the leading ASEAN institution on energy, acting as a knowledge hub, think-tank, and catalyst for member states,” said Sergey Makarov, the GIZ ASEAN-German Energy Program's principal advisor and ASEAN cluster coordinator.

“As ACE's longstanding partner supporting the development of the last three editions of AEO since 2015, GIZ is delighted to launch the AEO6 this week.

“We want to thank ACE and look forward to continuing the long and fruitful partnership for many more years.”

The finalization and launch of AEO6 have been made possible with the support of the ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).

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