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The 42nd ASEAN Summit in 2023 in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, was held on 10-11 May 2023. The results of the 42nd ASEAN Summit have resulted in several agreements regarding various issues discussed and conveyed by President Joko Widodo. The 2023 ASEAN Summit agreement points related to the energy sector is :


Electric Vehicle Ecosystem Development

The 2023 ASEAN Summit agreed on the use of electric vehicles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate the energy transition, decarbonize the land transportation sector in the Southeast Asia region, achieve Net Zero Emissions, and increase energy security in each ASEAN member country. Representatives of ASEAN countries have the same commitment to developing a regional electric vehicle ecosystem by involving all ASEAN members. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is working to boost the electric vehicle industry and make ASEAN a global production hub.




The 56th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) was held on 11-12 July 2023 in Jakarta, Republic of


Indonesia. The Meeting was chaired by Indonesia under the theme “ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth.” We reaffirmed ASEAN’s commitment to strengthen ASEAN as an organization that is robust and agile, and equipped with strengthened capacity and institutional effectiveness to address today’s challenges and to remain credible and relevant for its people, the region, and the world while continuing to serve as the region'sepi center of growth and prosperity. POINT 37: We noted with appreciation the work of the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC), Lead Implementing Bodies and relevant ASEAN Sectoral Bodies, as well as the MPAC 2025 National Coordinators, National Focal Points and relevant national agencies in advancing the implementation of MPAC 2025 and the AOIP. In this regard, we welcomed the launch of the ASEAN 8 Sustainable Urbanisation Report in December2022 as well as the endorsement of the Framework on ASEAN Supply Chain Efficiency and Resilience and the Report on Supply Chain Analysis on 10 Specific Product Groups in March 2023. We therefore looked forward to the follow-on development of the implementation plan for the Framework and the additional supply chain analysis covering food security and energy resilience. We also expressed our appreciation to our Dialogue Partners and other external partners for their continued support to the MPAC 2025 as well as the growing interest in developing stronger cooperation on connectivity through the Connecting the Connectivities Initiative. POINT 63 We expressed our commitment to support the timely realization of Indonesia's Priority Economic Deliverables (PEDs) under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) pillar, which is anchored on the three strategic thrusts of (i) Recovery and Rebuilding, (ii) Digital Economy, and (iii) Sustainability. These PEDs aim to address the immediate challenges in ensuring the region’s postCOVID-19 pandemic recovery and rebuilding, and further the momentum for ASEAN as an epicenter of growth through inclusive digital economy integration, sustainable economic development, strengthening financial stability, energy security, and food security, as well as accelerating the implementation of the AOIP. POINT 65: We emphasized the importance of accelerating energy transition and enhancing interconnectivity to achieve sustainable energy security, while ensuring energy resilience and accessibility, through among others, initiatives such as the Lao PDR-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore Power Integration Project (LTMS-PIP), and the implementation of the ASEAN Power Grid (APG) and Trans ASEAN Gas Pipeline (TAGP).We looked forward to the adoption of Joint Declaration on Sustainable Energy Security Through Interconnectivity and the initiation of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines Power Integration Project (BIMP-PIP) at the 41st ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting and its Associated Meetings (AMEM-41) in August 2023 in Bali, Indonesia.

The 41st AMEMIN INDONESIA 2023

The 41st AMEM this year was attended by 11 ASEAN member countries where Timor Leste acted as observer, 8 state dialogue partners and a number of international organizations that support ASEAN energy cooperation. The ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) aims to establish intensive cooperation in developing energy resource potential in the ASEAN region, attracting private sector participation and investment in the ASEAN energy sector.


The 41st AMEM will be held on 22 August – 26 August 2023 in Bali, Indonesia. This event has the target of encouraging further development of cross-border energy infrastructure projects among AMS countries to achieve sustainable energy security through interconnectivity. The event will also reaffirm ASEAN's commitment to reducing carbon emissions and accelerating a just and inclusive energy transition in the region.


Previously, the Senior Officials Meeting on Energy ASEAN (The 41st ASEAN SOME) was held at the ASEAN Secretariat Jakarta on 19-23 June 2023. In this event, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources invited all ASEAN countries to collaborate together in accelerating the energy transition toward sustainable energy. cleaner.


TOPIC 1

MOU SIGNING: ASEANCOLLABORATION TO STRENGTHEN ENERGY SECURITY

Southeast Asia remains an economic growth region that requires collaboration. This collaboration was marked by the signing of an MoU witnessed by the Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM)and other ASEAN Energy Ministers.


This collaboration is an implementation of the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) Phase II 2021–2025. One of these cooperatives is ASEAN Power Grid (APG). "The signing of this MoU reaffirms our joint commitment to increasing the interconnectivity of electric power transmission. "Apart from that, the signing of the MoU also shows that the ASEAN Power Grid continues to be the main priority for energy cooperation under APAEC," explained Head of Communications, Public Information Services and Cooperation Bureau of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Agung Pribadi,in Bali on Friday (25/8/2023) . The area of cooperation in the signed APG is the Indonesia-Malaysia Cross-Border Electricity Interconnection. Currently, the ASEAN Interconnection Masterplan Study (AIMS) III identifies 18 potential interconnections with a cumulative capacity of 33 gigawatts in 2040. Agung added that two MoUs had already been signed. The first is the MoU between the ASEAN Center for Energy (ACE), PT PLN (Persero), and Bahan Nasional Berhad (TNB) regarding cooperation in working on the potential for interconnection between Sumatra Island and the Peninsula. "This will be the first underwater cross-border interconnection in the region," he explained. There was also the signing of an MoU between ACE, PT PLN (Persero), and Sabah Electricity Sdn Bdn (SESB) in the provinces of Kalimantan and Sabah. This collaboration creates interconnectivity for sustainable energy security in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines (BIMP). In the future, cooperation between power generation companies can be increased not only between BIMP but also all ASEAN member countries. "The cooperation signed today will certainly strengthen and increase our efforts to achieve sustainable energy security and accelerate the energy transition," concluded Agung. Apart from signing the MoU, a number of agreements were also made between strategic partners to emphasize ACE's commitment to encouraging positive change in the energy sector in Southeast Asia.

TOPIC 2 ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE INTERCONNECTIVITY, THE KEY TO STRENGTHENING ENERGY SECURITY IN THE SOUTHEASTASIA REGION

ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE INTERCONNECTIVITY, THE KEY TO STRENGTHENING ENERGYSECURITY IN THE SOUTHEAST ASIA REGION Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), Dadan Kusdiana, stated that energy infrastructure interconnectivity is a key strategy for strengthening energy security in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region and the transition towards new, renewable energy. through efficient distribution of resources. Dadan conveyed this at the 2023 ASEAN Energy Business Forum (AEBF) press conference in Nusa Dua, Bali on Thursday (24/8). "Developing interconnectivity in the ASEAN region, especially through the ASEAN Power Grid (APG) and Trans ASEAN Gas Pipelines (TAGP), is important to optimize energy potential, including renewable energy and natural gas as a balancing energy system," said Dadan. . Dadan further explained that the goals of ASEAN cooperation to increase renewable energy by 23%, increase the installed capacity of renewable energy by 35%, and reduce energy intensity by 32% by 2025 can be increased through progressive development of interconnectivity. "Collaboration between stakeholders is needed to achieve ASEAN interconnectivity growth, as well as overcome climate change,resource scarcity and technological development," said Dadan. In line with Dadan, Andy Tirta, Manager of Corporate Affairs, ACE, and Chairman of AEBF 2023, stated that the AEBF event had invited various parties to support the chairmanship of Indonesia and the ASEAN energy sector,including the government, academics, private industry players. , researchers, and international organizations.


AEBF 2023 is one of a number of initiatives of the 41st ASEAN Energy Ministers' Meeting (AMEM-41). Carrying the theme "Accelerating Energy Connectivity to Achieve Sustainable Growth of ASEAN", this event will be held on 24-26 August 2023 in Nusa Dua, Bali.


AMEM-41 CALLS FOR THE IMPORTANCE OF ENERGY SUSTAINABILITY, SECURITY AND INTERCONNECTIVITY

AMEM-41 CALLS FOR THE IMPORTANCE OF ENERGY SUSTAINABILITY, SECURITY AND INTERCONNECTIVITY


Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Arifin Tasrif stated that during Indonesia's Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2023, Indonesia will concentrate and encourage at least three energy-related initiatives.


First and foremost, the importance of ASEAN as a growth region must be emphasized. ASEAN's role as the Epicenter of Growth is characterized by economic growth of 4.6 percent in 2023, as predicted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and an increase in average annual energy demand of 3 percent, as projected by the International Energy Agency (IEA ). ).


"In the most ambitious future scenario, two-thirds of the increase in energy needs can be met by renewable energy," said Arifin at the Joint Opening of the 41st ASEAN Energy Ministers' Meeting (AMEM-41) and the ASEAN Business Energy Forum (AEBF) in Bali Nusa Two Convention Centers(BNDCC), Bandung, Thursday(24/8).


Then, in the ASEAN energy sector, the Chairmanship highlighted the main goal of achieving sustainable energy security through interconnectivity. “ASEAN's energy tagline rests on three energy pillars :sustainability, security and interconnectivity. "These pillars represent our mainchallengesinacceleratingenergyconnectivitytoachievesustainableASEANgrowth,"headded.


To realize this, according to Arifin, ASEAN will increase interconnectivity through the Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline (TAGP) and ASEAN Power Grid (APG), as well as commitments between other parties. "These platforms will support the path towards sustainable energy and energy security ,so that safe and sustainable ASEAN growth can be achieved," said Arifin.


On this occasion, Arifin also mentioned that ASEAN welcomed the arrival of Timor Leste as a new member. Through meeting sand related programs, "It is hoped that Timor Leste can learn about the progress and implementation of energy cooperation in ASEAN," he said.


At the end of his speech, Arifin hoped that AMEM-41 and AEBF could contribute to investment and cooperation in the three pillars of ASEAN Energy - Sustainability, Security and Interconnectivity. "Our success in these two important events is an effort to fulfill the second phase of the ASEAN Plan for Energy Cooperation and the Net Zero Emissions (NZE) targets of each country," he said.


The ASEAN Energy Ministers' Meeting (AMEM-41) will take place in Bali on 24-25 August 2023. The ASEAN Energy Ministers' Meeting aims to establish intensive cooperation in developing energy resource potential in the ASEAN region, thereby attracting the interest of the private sector. participation and investment in the ASEAN energy sector.