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Through ASEAN Energy Business Forum, ACE Supports ASEAN’s Energy Sector and Indonesia’s Chairmanship in Accelerating Energy Connectivity

05 July 2023

Jakarta, 5 July 2023 – The ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia are delighted to announce the upcoming ASEAN Energy Business Forum 2023 (AEBF). The event, held under the theme “Accelerating Energy Connectivity to Achieve ASEAN’s Sustainable Growth,” will take place from 24-26 August 2023 in Bali, Indonesia. AEBF aims to bring together stakeholders from across the ASEAN region to discuss and work on accelerating energy connection for ASEAN’s energy sector growth.

Jisman P. Hutajulu, Director General of Electricity at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and Senior Official on Energy (SOE) Leader of Indonesia, stated, “Indonesia recognises the importance of regional cooperation in achieving a sustainable energy future. The ASEAN Energy Business Forum 2023 provides an invaluable platform for stakeholders to come together and discuss key topics such as electric vehicles, sustainable fuel, and energy security. As we navigate the energy transition, we look forward to exchanging ideas and best practices with fellow ASEAN countries and beyond, while showcasing Indonesia’s efforts and potential in the energy sector. Being held together with the ASEAN Energy Business Forum, the Green Transport Rally will showcase electric vehicles available in Indonesia which highlights Indonesia’s initiative in embracing green transportation options.”

Dr Nuki Agya Utama, Executive Director of ACE, emphasised ACE’s full commitment to supporting Indonesia’s chairmanship, particularly in the energy sector. He stated, “ACE is fully committed to supporting Indonesia’s ASEAN chairmanship, and the ASEAN Energy Business Forum 2023 seamlessly aligns with its theme. This forum provides a vital platform to address critical energy issues and foster collaboration among stakeholders, significantly contributing to the growth and development of ASEAN. By facilitating productive dialogues, knowledge exchange, and partnership-building, the AEBF actively supports Indonesia’s efforts to showcase ASEAN’s energy potential and drive regional energy cooperation.”

Complementing the AEBF is the Green Transport Rally (GTR), which directly supports the theme of “ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth.” Dr Nuki explained the GTR drives awareness of sustainable mobility options, which are essential for ASEAN’s growth and development. He said, “By incorporating the GTR into the AEBF, ACE actively contributes to the region’s focus on sustainable transportation and highlights innovative solutions that can support ASEAN’s ambitious growth trajectory.”

Additionally, the AEBF is held in conjunction with the 41st ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) and the 3rd ASEAN International Conference on Energy and Environment (AICEE), amplifying its impact and significance. This convergence of conferences provides a comprehensive platform for meaningful dialogue, relationship-building, and cooperative efforts, strengthening ASEAN’s position as a dynamic and influential region in the global energy landscape.

Through the AEBF and the GTR, ACE actively supports Indonesia’s chairmanship and contributes to the advancement of ASEAN’s growth agenda. By fostering collaboration, promoting sustainable practices, and showcasing innovative solutions, ACE aims to unlock ASEAN’s immense energy potential, drive inclusive economic growth, and ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for the region as the undeniable epicentre of growth.

AEBF also hosts the prestigious Awarding Ceremony of ASEAN Energy Awards and Gala Dinner, which recognises and appreciates industry players for their contributions to the development of the energy sector. The award ceremony will be attended by 10 ASEAN Energy Ministers and will be enlivened by traditional Balinese dances and well-known entertainers in Indonesia.

Another exciting event is the ASEAN Green Transport Rally (ASEAN GTR) 2023, which will raise awareness on positive environmental and energy efficiency impacts of electric vehicles, including plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEV), hybrid EVs (HEV), full battery powered EVs, ICE with biofuel usage, and fuel cell vehicles.

Registration for AEBF is now open at https://www.asean-aebf.com/. The event welcomes all stakeholders, including government leaders, industry actors, academics, associations, and the media, to engage in dialogues that benefit the ASEAN energy sector.

About ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)

Established on 1 January 1999, the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) is an intergovernmental organisation within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) structure that represents the 10 ASEAN Member States’ (AMS) interests in the energy sector. ACE supports the operations of Energy Subsector Networks (SSN) and Specialised Energy Bodies (SEB) under the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC), a blueprint for better collaboration towards upgrading energy. The Centre is guided by a Governing Council composed of Senior Officials on Energy from each AMS and a representative from the ASEAN Secretariat as an ex-officio member.

On 26 May 2015, ACE Governing Council endorsed the business plan of an Enhanced ACE; a high-performing institution and a regional centre of excellence which builds a coherent, coordinated, focused and robust energy policy agenda and strategy for ASEAN. The three key roles of the Enhanced ACE:

  • As an ASEAN energy think tank to assist the AMS by identifying and surfacing innovative solutions for ASEAN’s energy challenges on policies, legal & regulatory frameworks and technologies.
  • As a catalyst to unify and strengthen ASEAN energy cooperation and integration by implementing relevant capacity building programmes and projects to assist the AMS develop their energy sector.
  • As the ASEAN energy data centre and knowledge hub to provide a knowledge repository for the AMS.

Keeping the region’s improvement, sustainable and harmless to the ecosystem is a fundamental concern of the ASEAN energy sector.

Hosted by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Indonesia, ACE’s office is located in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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