ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) is an intergovernmental organisation within ASEAN structure that represents the 10 ASEAN Member States’ (AMS) interests in the energy sector. With their growing population and economic growth, AMS are expected to be a new global epicentrum of energy market in the future. This trend pushes energy security as one of the highest priorities in energy development in the region.
At the same time, by the end of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), the ASEAN decision-makers have expressed their contributions to address the challenges ahead on how to decarbonize energy sector, while still maintaining the economic growth in the region. Several ASEAN governments have committed to support energy-related initiatives to achieve energy sustainability.
On the other hand, the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) Phase II: 2021-2025, a regional blueprint on energy cooperation, has a theme and sub-theme in which embracing energy transition is one of the key elements to achieve regional energy security and environmental sustainability.
Therefore, the concerns on energy security and sustainability call for collaborative planning and action between energy and climate change policymakers, scholars, and businesses, to find common ground and ensure success in both areas. Energy and climate experts sometimes work in their own chambers and have limited interaction with each other. To bridge the chamber and pave the way forward, the short-run target of energy security and the long-run target of sustainability should be reconciled within the framework of the energy transition. During the energy transition, a mixture of fossil fuels and renewable energy that maximizes economic growth and minimizes emissions might be preferable. The optimal road map to decarbonization and shift to low carbon energy should also be developed.
Dr Andy Tirta
Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT)