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Accelerating energy transition at the ASEAN Energy Business Forum (AEBF) 2022

14 September 2022

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 14 Sep 2022

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 14 September 2022 – ASEAN Energy Ministers from all ten Member States and global energy leaders convened at the ASEAN Energy Business Forum (AEBF), a platform for ASEAN policymakers to showcase energy framework aspirations and discuss strategic partnerships to realise energy transition goals.

Organised by the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and hosted by the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Kingdom of Cambodia, AEBF 2022 was held as a two-day conference and exhibition from 14 – 15 September with the theme “Accelerating Energy Transition: Economic Recovery and Sustainable Growth”. It was held in hybrid form, in conjunction with the 40th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM).

“AEBF is the highest platform for energy ministers and energy companies to gain first-hand insight on policy initiatives, regional investment opportunities and regulatory environments,” said Dr. Nuki Agya Utama, Executive Director of ACE in his welcome address.

In his keynote address, Datu Haji Sharbini Suhaili, CEO of Sarawak Energy shared the vision of Sarawak Energy to achieve sustainable growth and prosperity for Sarawak by meeting the region’s need for reliable, renewable and affordable energy. Currently, Sarawak Energy is focusing on balancing energy development through driving socioeconomic transformation.

Dr Worawat Nakawiro, PV & ESS Specialist at Huawei Asia Pacific Smart PV Business also delivered an address, stating that, “Carbon neutrality commitments are triggering a global energy revolution and accelerating the decarbonisation of industries.”

The first day of the AEBF conference focused on the topics of ASEAN’s energy transition roadmap, decarbonisation pathways, and the roles of gas/LNG and renewables. Key decision makers delivered their presentations and spoke in different panel sessions.

Other than keynote presentations and panels, strategic partnerships were also announced at the conference. ACE announced its partnership with the Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University, creating opportunities for faculty member and student exchange, joint research and other activities.

At the end of day one, there was a roundtable session on the study and implementation of the ASEAN Power Grid. The session was organised by the Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership (ETP), ACE and Clean, Affordable and Secure Energy for Southeast Asia Programme (CASE). These partnerships will be helpful in enhancing industry collaboration and accelerating energy transition in ASEAN.

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