ASEAN’s energy ministers have vowed to strengthen collaboration in energy security and sustainable exploitation, and expand cooperation with the bloc’s partners and international organisations.
The commitment was made at the 34th ASEAN Ministers of Energy Meeting (AMEM) which wrapped up in Myanmar on September 22.
During the four-day meeting themed “Toward Greener Community with Cleaner Energy”, the ministers discussed strategies to increase the efficiency of energy use and raise public awareness of clean energies in accordance with the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation 2016-2020.
|Delegates to 34th ASEAN Ministers of Energy Meeting (Photo: pattayamail.com)
The meeting agreed on targets to increase the use of renewable energy to 23 percent by 2025 in ASEAN’s total energy use and reduce energy intensity by 20 percent in 2020 based on 2005 levels.
Myanmar’s Energy and Electricity Deputy Minister Tun Naing said they also agreed to enhance connectivity for energy security and accessibility through the construction of more gas pipelines, promote technologies for clean coal, and implement civilian nuclear energy in 2016-2017.
The 35th AMEM will be held in the Philippines in 2017.VNA