Energy efficiency

Your air conditioner is a lethal weapon

Around the world, scorching heat waves are breaking records, with France reaching a sweltering 45.9 degrees Celsius and Australia hitting 49.5 degrees in 2019. According to data provided by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), global average temperatures for June 2019 were the highest on record. Based on simulations conducted at the Centre for Climate Research Singapore, the country can expect to face soaring temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius, as early as 2045.

9 July 2019
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Making the region’s buildings energy efficient

Member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) intend to reduce regional energy intensity 20 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by 2025 compared with 2005 levels. According to the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), the region is on track to reach its goals as energy intensity levels have seen a downward trajectory between 1995 and 2014. Nevertheless, future projections like these still require concentrated efforts to ensure they are realised.

15 December 2018
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Towards an energy efficient ASEAN

In tandem with a renewable energy policy, energy efficiency will be key to building a reliable and sustainable energy system for the future of Southeast Asia. Energy efficiency refers to the reduced rate of energy consumption in order to produce the same amount of output.

9 December 2018
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Transitioning ASEAN to renewables

Recently, the United Nation’s (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report which warns that the world could face an imminent climate change crisis if there are no efforts made to reverse it. The IPCC report mentioned that unless emissions are halved within 12 years and virtually eliminated by 2050, temperature increases will likely exceed two degrees Celsius.Among the key steps that need to be taken to reduce global emissions is to transition to renewables.

13 October 2018
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The cost of cooling down

Southeast Asia’s electricity consumption has been rising at an annual rate of 7.5 percent from 155.3 terawatt hours (TWh) in 1990 to 821.1 TWh in 2013, according to a white paper by the ASEAN Centre for Energy in the Spring 2016 issue of Cornerstone Journal. About 60 percent of electricity usage in Southeast Asian cities is attributable to the use of air-conditioning alone.

23 September 2018
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Smart buildings for an energy-efficient Indonesia

Indonesia is one of the largest countries in the world in terms of both, land area and population. Over the past five years, Indonesia’s urban population has increased by 53.5 percent, more than half of the country’s total population, according to Statistics Indonesia.

15 September 2018
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Making Southeast Asia energy efficient

In tandem with a renewable energy policy, energy efficiency will be key to building a reliable and sustainable energy system for the future of Southeast Asia. Energy efficiency refers to the reduced rate of energy consumption in order to produce the same amount of output.

11 September 2018
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Making water-smart energy choices

Climate change undoubtedly poses a potent – even existential – threat to the planet. But the current approach to mitigating it, which reflects a single-minded focus on cutting carbon dioxide emissions, may end up doing serious harm, as it fails to account for the energy sector’s depletion of water resources – another major contributor to climate change.“Water is at the heart of both the causes and effects of climate change,” a National Research Council report declares.

22 April 2018
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Developments of the ASEAN Power Grid and Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline

An impressive period of sustained economic success has seen energy demand in Southeast Asia increase beyond twofold. These trends emerge against the backdrop of evolving global energy dynamics, in light of rapid urbanisation among ASEAN member states. This situation has created a challenging environment for policymakers in navigating bilateral and regional relationships, even though a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on ASEAN Energy Cooperation was ratified on the 24 June, 1986.

19 April 2018
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4th International Sustainable Energy Summit 2018 held in Kuching, Sarawak

The harnessing of renewable energy is seen as an integral component within the development plans of countries across the globe. Increasing carbon footprints, agricultural pollution, deforestation, as well as the release of excessive chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) into the atmosphere are among the issues that have necessitated a collective effort to protect the environment from further degradation and destruction. Such an initiative is the International Sustainable Energy Summit (ISES) 2018.

17 April 2018
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Increasing Southeast Asia’s energy efficiency

In tandem with a renewable energy policy, energy efficiency will be key to building a reliable and sustainable energy system for the future of Southeast Asia. Energy efficiency refers to the reduced rate of energy consumption in order to produce the same amount of output.

26 March 2018
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Quenching Southeast Asia’s insatiable thirst for energy

Situated strategically in the heart of Asia, the Southeast Asia region boasts an abundant and diversified supply of fossil fuels and renewable energy. In any country, having the ability to provide affordable, reliable and sustainable energy is crucial in improving living standards and unlocking the economic potential of any nation.

21 September 2017
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