REGULATION | Staff Reporter, Singapore

ASEAN energy centre, world coal body ink MOU for clean coal technologies

A new memorandum of understanding builds on its collaboration with the World Coal Association.

The ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and the World Coal Association (WCA) have signed a three-year memorandum of understanding under the new leadership of both organisations, to strengthen their commitment to clean coal technologies.

The signing builds on previous collaboration between the two parties, displaying their ongoing commitment to advocating for economic growth and utilising clean coal technologies in giving developing ASEAN countries access to reliable and affordable energy.

ACE is an intergovernmental organisation representing the 10 ASEAN member states’ interests in the sustainable energy sector, whilst the WCA speaks for responsible global industry players that want to create a sustainable future for coal.

“Last year, during the 37th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting, the ministers acknowledged the outlook of rising power generation from coal in the region and highlighted the efforts of ASEAN in promoting clean coal technologies (CCT),” Dr Nuki Agya Utama, executive director of ACE, said. “Coal is one of the important resources in the ASEAN, especially for baseload power generation, and there is a need for ASEAN to secure the financial support and promote policies to accelerate the deployment of CCT in the region.”

Coal and clean coal technology are part of the programme areas under the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy (APAEC), Dr Nuki added, noting that ASEAN is currently developing APAEC 2016-2025 Phase II:2021-2025, in which CCT is expected to be a game changer in advancing the region’s energy transition, resiliency, and sustainability.

Michelle Manook, chief executive of WCA also stressed that coal is a critical enabler in emerging economies for economic growth, particularly those across the ASEAN region.

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