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Southeast Asia's clean energy transition

This is a new initiative to chronicle the region's clean energy transition, highlighting the opportunities and challenges faced by government, business and society. A series supported by:

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Often touted as the missing piece in the renewables puzzle, green hydrogen is enjoying unprecedented political and business momentum, and experts say it will take off faster than previously thought.
For Jurong Port, its 9.65-megawatt solar facility is a source of pride. But what do industrial ports like Jurong Port stand to gain from a transition to clean energy, and what does this mean for other regional industrial areas?
If solar panels can withstand the waters of the typhoon-prone country, they should survive anywhere in the region, said an expert. Will regulators allow ongoing pilot projects to be scaled up?
Vietnam is rising as Southeast Asia’s new wind hero, with power capacity soon to dwarf that of all other Asean nations and the world’s biggest offshore wind farm to be built off its windy coast, but challenges remain.
The desire of corporate giants to become 100 per cent renewable is driving clean energy investment and fuelling the energy transition worldwide. As businesses set their sights on greening their operations in Southeast Asia, can the region meet businesses' clean energy needs?

From Around Southeast Asia

The London-headquartered bank's cancellation of its role as financial advisor for the 1,980-megawatt Vinh Tan 3 coal power plant in Vietnam marks the latest move by a major international lender to ease off on bankrolling the fossil fuel in Asia.
For Jurong Port, its 9.65-megawatt solar facility is a source of pride. But what do industrial ports like Jurong Port stand to gain from a transition to clean energy, and what does this mean for other regional industrial areas?
About 10 per cent of Southeast Asia lacks access to stable electricity, and many people live on remote islands. Emerging technologies could help bring power to far-flung locations and meet the region’s growing energy and waste management needs. But challenges abound.
If Southeast Asia is to wean itself off fossil fuels, it must phase out subsidies to allow clean energy to flourish, experts said at the Singapore International Energy Week. Meanwhile, will the oil and gas majors aid the transition by investing in renewables and new technology?
The bank's move away from the 1,200-megawatt Vung Ang 2 coal plant in Vietnam has been praised by environmentalists, who say that unlike rivals that have claimed to stop funding the single biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, OCBC is "walking the talk".

Further reading

Spotlight on Indonesia

Spotlight on Philippines

Spotlight on Vietnam

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