Coal in the energy mix of ASEAN countries

1st Jun 2017

The World Coal Association (WCA) continues with its focus on coal in key economies with a new fact sheet on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)[1] region.

Affordable, reliable and sustainable energy plays a central role in improving living standards and unlocking economic potential.

Over the past 25 years, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy demand in Southeast Asia has increased by over 150%. This huge demand for energy presents challenges and opportunities for Southeast Asia as the region’s governments seek to deliver an energy mix that balances social, economic and environmental imperatives. 

Since 2010, there has been a transition in regional economies toward coal-fuelled power generation. This rising use of coal necessitates a low emission technology pathway which balances energy security, economic development and environmental sustainability. 

In order to support the transition toward low emission coal technology, Southeast Asia will require financial and technological support to accelerate deployment.

[1] ASEAN countries are: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.