ASEAN-Norway Clean and Sustainable Energy Partnership 2019

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in cooperation with the ASEAN Centre for Energy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, the Ministry of Energy of Thailand, Multiconsult ASA, Norway Connect and the Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce is arranging the ASEAN-Norway Clean and Sustainable Energy Partnership 2019 on 4 October 2019 at Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao hotel in Bangkok.

Purpose of the seminar

Norway wishes to contribute positively to the energy sector in Thailand and ASEAN through raising awareness of Norwegian technology and expertise, particularly in the clean and sustainable energy sector. The seminar is built upon the Norwegian initiatives in 2016 and 2017 and targets Thai and ASEAN decision makers, the ASEAN and Norwegian energy related business sector, academics, researchers and media. Discussion and recommendations from the seminar can also contribute to future cooperation between Norway and the ASEAN Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue (ACSDSD) that will be launched in November 2019 in Bangkok.

Format of the seminar

The seminar will discuss the prospects for a more climate-friendly energy supply to ensure sustainable growth in the region for the future.

The first part of the seminar will address ASEAN’s energy cooperation and Thailand’s role as the ASEAN Power Connector. It will also touch upon Thailand’s Alternative Energy Development Plan and the challenges in meeting rising demand for energy from the implementation of the national economic and industrial development policies such as Thailand 4.0 and the development of an Eastern Economic Corridor in Thailand. This session will discuss ASEAN’s policy development for energy cooperation, a more climate-friendly energy consumption, and how the energy market should be seen in a regional context against the backdrop of global energy challenges, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The second part of the seminar will focus on the current clean and sustainable energy solutions as well as how Norway can play a supporting role in clean and sustainable energy development in ASEAN. Examples will be given by both Norwegian and regional technical experts and Norwegian businesses. Issues that could be discussed include national and regional grids and other infrastructure technology, the possibility of creating a regional energy market, renewable energy solutions and upscaling, as well as the comparative advantages of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in energy safety and the environment in the regional energy mix.

The latter part of the seminar will focus on opportunities and challenges of clean and sustainable energy as a secure and efficient regional energy source. Panellists will discuss how effective regional cooperation as well as support by all relevant stakeholders, technology and know-how can safeguard ASEAN’s energy future.

A report of the findings from the seminar as well as recommendations for policy makers in ASEAN will be provided after the seminar.

 

Further Information

For further information, please contact Paranee Jansawake at Paranee.Jansawake@mfa.no