Executive Summary - Accelerating Energy Efficiency Initiatives in Southeast Asia

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The growth observed in the global demand for energy in the past few decades is expected to continue into the future as the need for energy grows due to increases in demand, population, energy access and developmental needs. The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative aims to double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030, besides its targets of increasing energy access and promoting renewable energy. Improving energy efficiency (EE) can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emis-sions and substantially reduce investments in power generation. This report presents an assessment of energy efficiency opportunities in the Southeast Asia region with a particular focus on Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as summarizing the potential interventions that would further strengthen EE promotion in the region. The assessment was done through literature reviews, expert consultations, questionnaire surveys and incountry stakeholder consultation workshops.

REGIONAL OVERVIEW OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Many institutions and organisations, such as, UNIDO, the ASEAN Centre for Energy, GIZ, UNDP and the EU, are actively promoting energy efficiency in this region by implementing sector-specific pro-grammes. Many of these programmes have focused on improving energy efficiency in the industrial sector. Examples of interventions in the industry sector include the capacity building of energy man-agement systems, including training on ISO 50001, the development and promotion of high efficiency motors, the harmonization of standards for air-conditioners, and the sharing of knowledge and success stories. 

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