ASEAN Center for Energy, World Coal Association

Strengthen joint commitments to clean coal in signing MOU

10:18 | 12/11/2020 Industry

The ASEAN Center for Energy (ACE) and the World Coal Association (WCA) have signed a three-year MOU under the new leadership of both organizations, in recognition of the strategic importance of the ASEAN region.

The signing builds on previous collaboration between the ACE and the WCA, demonstrating both parties’ ongoing commitment to advocating for economic growth and the enabling role of clean coal technologies in providing access to clean, reliable, and affordable energy for developing countries across the ASEAN region.

Last year, during the 37th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM), 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). Ministers also encouraged to further accelerate the deployment of CCT in the ASEAN region.

strengthen joint commitments to clean coal in signing mou

"Coal is one of the important resources in 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"- said Dr. Nuki Agya Utama, Executive Director, ACE

Michelle Manook, Chief Executive, WCA, said that it is critical that the global community is educated by leading organisations such as ACE, who are in the regions which are impacted the most by the lack of access to energy and the advantages that affordable, abundant and reliable energy delivers. Coal is a critical enabler in emerging economies for economic growth, particularly those across the ASEAN region, and many in our global community do not seek to understand this.

Under the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC), coal and clean coal technology is one of the program areas, which aims to address the growing energy demand and promote environmental sustainability. ASEAN is currently developing APAEC 2016-2025 Phase II: 2021-2025, where CCT is expected to play a major role to advance the region’s energy transition, resiliency, and sustainability.

ACE is an intergovernmental organization which represents the 10 ASEAN member states’ interests in the sustainable energy sector; the WCA represents responsible global industry players who are committed to shaping a sustainable future for coal.

Nguyen Huong