In October 2015, ASEAN set a region-wide renewable energy target of achieving 23% of the total primary energy supply by 2025, representing a significant increase from the 2015 level of around 10%. The target was stipulated in the Phase I: 2016-2020 of the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) 2016-2025, which was adopted by ASEAN Member States through the Joint Ministerial Statement from the 33rd ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM).
Realising this renewable energy target in a cost-effective manner, has called for a further study with a stronger focus on the renewable energy component, including the potential deployment of renewable energy technologies at different cost and the improved understanding of renewables in ASEAN’s future energy mix. This study would build on the existing energy outlook studies that focus on the region’s expected energy use developments, take account of the 4th ASEAN Energy Outlook (AEO4) of the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), launched officially during the Special Senior Official Ministry of Energy (SOME) Meeting in Kuala Lumpur on 26-27 January 2016.
In this context, the ACE and IRENA agreed to conduct a joint study to develop “Renewable Energy Roadmap Outlook for ASEAN – a REmap 2030 analysis” by applying IRENA’s REmap analytical methodology and tools at a regional level. The results from this study would be presented at the 34th AMEM in September 2016 in Myanmar, and subject to the availability resources, it is intended to turn this into a biannually event, providing updates on information and status of the region.
The Renewable Energy Support Programme for ASEAN, ASEAN RESP, is a jointly implemented project by ACE and GIZ, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and it enables regional exchange within ASEAN Member States supporting the preparation of the upcoming Renewable Energy Outlook for ASEAN – a REmap 2030 analysis