Issue 4 | OCTOBER 2012
30th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting and the ASEAN Energy Award 2012 Winners


Regional Energy Ministers met in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh for the 30th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) on 12 September 2012. The Singapore delegation was led by Mr S Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade & Industry.

Step Up Cooperation Within The Region

The Ministers agreed unanimously that stepping up cooperation in regional energy projects was vital to meet the growing demand for energy in Southeast Asia. In particular, the ASEAN Power Grid and the Trans ASEAN Gas Pipeline will be key to these energy integration efforts. To address the need for greater regional coordination, the Ministers agreed to implement measures towards enhancing the performance of the Jakarta-based ASEAN Centre for Energy. This includes the introduction of a professional Executive Director to lead the Centre.

Greater Collaboration with the United States

Welcoming the continued support of Japan, the US and the International Energy Agency to collaborate with ASEAN on energy issues such as clean energy technologies, energy efficiency and unconventional natural gas, the Ministers agreed that the unconventional gas boom in the US would significantly impact the global energy landscape. The Ministers also encouraged greater ASEAN collaboration with the US to learn more about shale gas developments and the US’ LNG export regulatory framework.

The Meeting also reaffirmed ASEAN’s commitment to develop a coordinated ASEAN approach on nuclear safety and agreed to contribute to the global undertakings to improve nuclear safety and security. This is in line with the standards of safety and security of the International Atomic Energy Agency and other relevant partners in the development of nuclear energy for peaceful use.

In view of the growing demand for energy and global climate change challenges, the Ministers also agreed that efforts for a greener and more energy-efficient ASEAN must be stepped up.

On the sidelines of the AMEM meeting, Minister Iswaran and his Cambodian counterpart, Minister of Industry, Mines and Energy Mr Suy Sem, agreed to further energy cooperation between the two countries. This will be done through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to be signed at the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2012, held from 22 to 25 October 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands. Among others, the MOU would further energy cooperation between Singapore and Cambodia through the facilitation of exchange of information and the provision of technical training in relevant areas.

The ASEAN Energy Awards were also presented as part of AMEM, and Singapore companies were well-represented with four of them receiving accolades for their energy efficiency initiatives. The Singapore winners were:

 
 
HarbourFront Centre
– 
Winner of the Retrofitted Category,
Energy Efficient Buildings
 
 
 
Tokio Marine Center
– 
1st Runner up for New and Existing
Category, Energy Efficient Buildings
 
 
Mapletree Business City
– 
2nd Runner up for New and Existing Buildings, Energy Efficient Buildings
 
 
 
Passive Displacement
Ventilation (PDV)
for the BCA Zero Energy Building
– 
Winner for the Special Submission
Category, Energy Efficient Building
 
The EMA would like to encourage more Singapore-based companies to participate in the Awards, as this would help to showcase our efforts and initiatives in promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and innovative technologies. This in turn could translate into business opportunities for companies to implement similar measures in other ASEAN countries.

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