ADB & Japan’s METI to Promote Clean Energy in Southeast Asia

ADB and Japan’s METI have signed a MOC to enhance their joint efforts to promote clean energy in Southeast Asia.

Clean Energy in Asia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) to enhance their joint efforts to promote clean energy in Southeast Asia. The cooperation will focus on the areas of renewable energy, energy conservation and efficiency, and other technologies that will facilitate the transition to low-carbon energy.

Signed by ADB Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development Bambang Susantono and METI Vice-Minister for International Affairs Shigehiro Tanaka, the MOC will strengthen cooperation between the two organizations under the Cleaner Energy Future Initiative for ASEAN (CEFIA).

“Southeast Asia has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years, making it critical to ensure sustainable development in the region,” said Susantono. “Japan is a very important partner for ADB and through this MOC, we will further strengthen our cooperation and commitment to help accelerate the ongoing energy transition and drive climate action within the ASEAN region.”

Under the MOC, ADB and METI will conduct consultations and advise on the development and implementation of CEFIA’s flagship projects. The two organizations will also develop policy research and capacity building activities, as well as share data analysis, knowledge, and experiences in the energy sector. 

CEFIA, established in 2019, facilitates the collaboration of the public and private sectors in accelerating the deployment of sustainable energy and low-carbon technology in the region. The MOC was signed at the 2nd CEFIA Forum held online and hosted by the Ministry of Energy of the Government of Thailand, in cooperation with METI and supported by the ASEAN Centre for Energy.

ADB has invested more than USD 25 billion in clean energy through sovereign and nonsovereign initiatives from 2008 to 2020. The bank’s clean energy investments in the ASEAN region amounted to USD 440 million in 2020, accounting for 22 percent of its overall portfolio. Under its Strategy 2030, it aims to provide USD 80 billion in cumulative climate financing from its own resources by 2030 and for at least 75 percent of its country operations to feature climate adaptation and mitigation measures.

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