ERIA Attends the 36th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting and Associated Meetings
President of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Prof Hidetoshi Nishimura, and a high-level delegation of ERIA’s energy experts attended the 36th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) and Associated Meetings in Singapore on 29 October 2018.
Prof Nishimura was accompanied by Prof Jun Arima, Senior Policy Fellow for Energy and Environment; Mr Shigeru Kimura, Special Advisor on Energy Affairs; Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Senior Energy Economist; Dr Yanfei Li, Energy Economist; and Mr Shigeki Kamiyama, Director General for Research and Policy Design Administration.
Prof Nishimura presented ERIA's energy research activities at the 12th East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM) that was held as part of the 36th AMEM. Starting from 2017, ERIA has been conducting its various studies on energy policy based on the Mid-Term Energy Policy Research Roadmap.
‘Total number of energy research projects in the Roadmap is 26 each year. Among them, energy research projects related to Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy is dominant, followed by the Energy Security and the capacity building activities. Some of them are and will be launched with attendance of Ministers of Cambodia, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Thailand,’ said Prof Nishimura.
He went on to highlight four research projects that ERIA has been working on. First, projects related to ASEAN Power Generation and Transmission System Planning Institution (AGTP) and ASEAN Transmission System Operator Institution (ATSO). Second, issues around natural gas market. Third, delivery of small and medium size LNG to islands in Philippines. Fourth, hydrogen potential study in the EAS region.
Moreover, he announced ERIA’s plan to hold the 2nd East Asia Energy Forum and ERIA Energy Research Institutes Network (ERIN) Meeting in New Delhi in March 2019. Last year, ERIA held the 1st East Asia Energy Forum in Bohol, the Philippines, in cooperation with the Philippines Department of Energy.
The high-level delegation from ERIA held several bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the 36th AMEM with the delegations from Myanmar, Thailand, and the United States of America to discuss ERIA’s recent projects and explore the possibilities for further cooperation.
In the Joint Ministerial Statement of the 12th EAS EMM, there were two paragraphs that mentioned ERIA.
10. The Ministers noted the LNG Producer Consumer Conference on 22 October 2018 in Nagoya, Japan and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)’s contributions towards policy analysis, research studies, roundtables and technical workshops conducted on natural gas and LNG markets.
- Implementation of the EAS policy research roadmap. The Ministers welcomed the implementation of the EAS Mid-Term Energy Policy Research Roadmap following the adoption of the roadmap at the 11th EAS EMM in September 2017. The studies conducted by ERIA under the roadmap supported the work of the three (3) EAS ECTF work streams, including EAS energy outlook and savings potential, DES application, next generation biofuels and analysis of geothermal energy potential in response to the particular needs of EAS countries for economic analysis.
During the EAS EMM, delegations from Japan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, and Myanmar expressed their appreciation for ERIA’s research projects on energy. ERIA has conducted various research projects in collaboration with the Energy Ministry in several ASEAN countries, which has resulted in many publications, the notable ones include Cambodia National Energy Statistics 2016 and Lao PDR National Energy Statistics 2018.