EAS EMM member states must safeguard energy security, accelerate energy transition

East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM) member states must continue to strive towards ensuring energy security and accelerating energy transition in the region, said minister of energy.

In his opening remarks at the virtual 15th EAS EMM, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mat Suny Haji Md Hussein said that it can be achieved by responding effectively to current and future challenges and opportunities through the spirit of solidarity, compassion and collective responsibility.

During the one-day meeting which was one of the associated meetings of the 39th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting, the minister also lauded the establishment of the EAS EMM as a significant milestone in the evolving energy architecture of this region.

“It has played a major role in ushering a new wave of multilateralism among ASEAN and its Dialogue Partners, paving the way for the promotion and enhancement of practical cooperation among our energy institutions and organisations,” said the minister who was also the meeting chair.

He further said that cooperation on the three EAS Energy Cooperation Task Force – Energy Efficiency and Conservation; Biofuels for Transport and Other Purposes; and Renewable and Alternative Power Generation, should remain a central task.

“The promotion of innovative energy technologies and low carbon society needs to be scaled-up, and the Leaders’ commitment in the principles of peace, stability and prosperity should be upheld,” he added.

The EAS EMM mechanism has paved the way for increased understanding among nations, within all levels, establishing wider areas of cooperation and enhancing linkages within our various energy establishments and institutions.

During the session, Brunei was represented by Deputy Minister of Energy Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo Sokiaw, as the head of delegation.

The event also saw the virtual participation of ministers and senior officials responsible for energy from the EAS participating countries.

The meeting also discussed report on the implementation of EAS Energy Cooperation Programme, highlighting the progress and accomplishments of energy cooperation in 2020/2021 and the work plans led by the ASEAN Member States and their dialogue partners towards practical cooperation, which is the core thrust of the EAS EMM platform, with the establishment of Work Streams on Energy Efficiency and Conservation; Biofuel for Transport and Other Purposes; and Renewable and Alternate Power Generation.

The meeting continued with EAS EMM Ministerial Dialogue with International Energy Organisations including International Energy Agency (IEA) and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

The meeting then concluded with the adoption of the Joint Ministerial Statement for the 15th EAS EMM, marking the end of the 39th AMEM meeting for 2021. – Analisa Amu

This article was first published on 18 September 2021 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 159


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