Asean's joint declaration will go long way in pursuing goal of energy security, says Brunei Minister

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Sept 16 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): The Bandar Seri Begawan Joint Declaration of the 39th Asean Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) on Energy Security and Energy Transition will go a long way in pursuing Brunei's goal of energy security, while transitioning our diverse energy systems towards lower-emissions to achieve access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, said Minister of Energy Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Mat Suny Mohd Hussein.

He said this while officiating and chairing the 39th AMEM on Wednesday (Sept 15).

The virtual meeting was vice-chaired by Cambodian Minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem and attended by the Deputy Minister of Energy as head of delegation for Brunei Darussalam, Dato Seri Paduka Awang Matsatejo Sokiaw.

During the meeting, Brunei with the other Asean member countries agreed on the adaptation of the Bandar Seri Begawan Joint Declaration of the 39th ASEAN Ministers of Energy Meeting on Energy Security and Energy Transition as part of the country’s Asean Chairmanship five deliverables for 2021.

Among the objectives of the declaration is to shape the regional energy outlook even beyond 2025, in ensuring future energy security and accelerating the low-carbon energy transition towards dynamic and sustainable regional economic community.

This is crucial in ensuring the energy sector continues to make effective and meaningful contributions, particularly towards enhancing Asean’s preparedness and response to regional emergencies and disaster.

One of Brunei-led initiatives is the concept paper on AMEM – wide education and training exchanges on the role of natural gas in advancing a low – carbon energy transition.

The role of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is recognised as the key enabler in Asean’s transition towards a low-carbon energy economy and Brunei has a competitive market advantage in terms of supply reliability supported by its operational excellence.

Other Brunei-led initiatives include the concept paper on establishing Asean energy interaction programmes as well as conducting workshops on hydrogen economy and carbon capture, utilisation and storage. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

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