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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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While solar and wind help countries meet energy security and environmental objectives, their variable nature poses challenges to electricity grids that require utilities to rethink operations.
Carbon capture is seen as essential if energy-hungry Southeast Asia is to reach climate goals. But critics maintain that the technology remains unproven and may never deliver the vast emissions reductions needed.
Indonesia's potential to generate energy from the earth's crust could solve its power problems and fire its ailing economy. But the country needs to do more to lure investors.
Some Southeast Asian nations have displayed leadership in facilitating bottom-up renewable energy development. Now it is time for others to follow suit.
As Southeast Asian nations embark on their energy transition journey, there is huge potential for digital technologies to improve energy efficiency, prepare grids for higher shares of renewables, and cut power costs.

From Around Southeast Asia

With the COP26 climate change negotiations in November, almost all countries and industry sectors are not doing nearly enough to reduce emissions. Climate action by Thailand and Singapore has been classed as 'critically insufficient'.
Backed by Wellington-based investment company Infratil, Gurīn Energy will focus on greenfield renewable energy projects in Asia. The firm is helmed by former Sindicatum CEO Assaad Razzouk.
The former Thai Union executive will be helming MAS' newly formed sustainability function.
While solar and wind help countries meet energy security and environmental objectives, their variable nature poses challenges to electricity grids that require utilities to rethink operations.
More coal was burned for electricity this year than before the pandemic, pushing emissions from power production to a new high. Developing Asia accounts for most of the increase, but no single nation has lived up to green recovery promises.

Further reading

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Spotlight on Philippines

Spotlight on Vietnam

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