Rethinking future of energy

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 16 Jun 2020

Prof Mohamed Ibrahim notes that warnings of an imminent global recession are ringing louder than before.

IT GOES without saying that every industry has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, including the energy sector.

The more important conversation, however, may lie in seeking a sustainable future for the industry.

Addressing this as a core focus is the ongoing Talk Series 2020 between Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) and Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia (AJCUI) with the theme Navigating to the New Normal: Rethinking the Role of Energy towards Global Sustainability.

The free webinar series is aimed at gathering stakeholders such as industry players, policymakers from both countries, academics and higher institution students to discuss the current global developments in the global and regional economy and sustainability practices for the energy sector.

During a recent virtual press conference on the series, UTP vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib said warnings of an imminent global recession were ringing louder than before, with experts saying the worst was yet to come.

He asked these questions: “Does the world still have a future? Is it still relevant to talk about sustainability; even Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)? How then does the energy sector play its role amid this situation?”

“Will there be a new normal for the energy sector in the coming future? How do energy industries and governments cope with this situation? These issues need special attention and AJCUI and UTP are at the front line to provide a scrutinised view to these issues.”

“This webinar comes at the right time when the world is looking for some insightful views to cope with the current crises and future challenges.

“The serial topics of the webinar are not only important to update our knowledge and awareness, but also to inform public sector policies as well as private corporate decisions.

“We also acknowledge that the speakers are those with competence, experience and professionalism in their fields, ” added AJCUI rector Dr Agustinus Prasetyantoko.

The Talk Series 2020 is divided into three seasons, with its first season — inclusive of five interactive talks — that kicked off on

June 9 with an opening discussion on overall global and regional economic issues, followed by energy sector dynamics, future sustainability practices, energy business operation, and government policy responses.

The second and third seasons are scheduled for September and December, respectively.

To be delivered on the Microsoft Teams Meeting Apps platform, the series is part of a close collaboration between UTP and ACJUI.

This was sparked from an initial matching grant partnership and the May 20 memorandum of understanding signed between the two universities to strengthen partnership and cooperation by contributing their resources to enhance international education and understanding.

On the collaboration, Prasetyantoko said it was always good to collaborate with institutions and colleagues with expertise, experience and competence like UTP.

“We are honoured to have the opportunity to work with the university and we hope our collaboration can be intensified and extended.

“We are now moving along the right track of collaboration to the goal we have set. We do appreciate all initiators working behind this collaboration, especially the Faculty of Economics and Business of AJCUI with its special think tank group on sustainability studies, the SDG Analytics, ” said Prasetyantoko.

The series will be followed by further activities in research, teaching and student exchange programmes, with arrangements for research cooperation currently being finalised.

To register for the UTP-ACJUI Talk Series 2020, visit

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