16 July 2021
The world’s second largest gas producer is heavily marketing the fossil fuel as a clean alternative to coal to meet Southeast Asia’s growing energy needs — just as the significance of natural gas as a bridge fuel is called into question.
Russia is promoting natural gas as an “eco-friendly” energy source for Southeast Asia.
In a webinar held on Thursday (15 July) by the Moscow-headquartered Russia-ASEAN Business Council and the Russian Energy Agency, speakers representing Russia said that the fossil fuel was the cleanest and cheapest way for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to shift to away from polluting coal and diesel to a low-carbon economy.
In the virtual dialogue titled ‘Promoting use of natural gas as ecological friendly fuel in ASEAN’ the director general of the Russia Energy Agency, Alexey Kulapin, said natural gas has been called upon as “the world’s transition fuel” and is a “cost efficient, low-carbon” solution for the regional bloc to meet its energy demands, which are expected to rebound as the region recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.