September 6, 2019
On September 5, 2019, an ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM+3) and an East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM) were held in Thailand. Discussion results of these meetings were compiled into respective Joint Ministerial Statements. Taking these opportunities, Japan held meetings and other events with energy ministers of Thailand and the Philippines.
1. AMEM + 3 and EAS EMM
These meetings were inaugurated to ensure a stable energy supply and enhance measures for energy security and addressing climate change in Asia, where energy demand has been growing, providing good opportunities for energy ministers of member countries to discuss approaches to policy harmonization and international cooperation.
The ASEAN+3 meeting brought together energy ministers and other officials from not only 10 ASEAN Member States but also from Japan, China and the ROK. As a representative of Japan, Mr. Yoshihiko Isozaki, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, participated in the meeting. The EAS EMM also brought together energy ministers from Australia, New Zealand, Russia and the United States, in addition to the ASEAN+3 participating countries.
Key points of the meetings are as follows.
Explaining the efforts for realizing a hydrogen-based society, mobility decarbonization and carbon recycling
At these meetings, participating ministers expressed their appreciation for Japan-led cooperation and efforts for realizing a hydrogen-based society and mobility decarbonization.
Moreover, participating ministers welcomed initiatives for reusing carbon dioxide, on the basis of recognizing it as a resource, and promoting investments in carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and carbon recycling, so as to strike a balance between energy access and countermeasures against global warming.
Explaining the initiative on distributed energy systems (DES)
In addition, concerning the initiative on distributed energy systems (DES) that Japan proposed at the EAS EMM held in Singapore in October 2015, an initiative aiming to disseminate gas co-generation, renewable energy and smart grids for the purpose of improving energy supply in Asia, participating ministers expressed their appreciation for Japan’s continuous efforts for this initiative.
Proposing the inauguration of the Cleaner Energy Future Initiative for ASEAN (CEFIA)
Furthermore, at these meetings, Japan proposed the inauguration of the Cleaner Energy Future Initiative for ASEAN (CEFIA), a new initiative, under the framework of the ASEAN+3, to be conducted from the viewpoint of developing an environment in which businesses are able to execute leadership in disseminating low-carbon technologies in respective countries in the ASEAN region and across ASEAN Member States. In response, participating ministers welcomed the proposal.
Sharing the importance of developing clean coal technologies (CCT) and utilization of natural gas in the region
At the meetings, participating ministers also shared recognition of: the importance of clean coal technologies (CCT) for the purpose of ensuring energy security and transitioning to low-carbon technologies in the region; and the need for cooperation toward the utilization of natural gas as well as mentioning the importance of finance and human resource development. Moreover, they welcomed the LNG value-chain training for human resource development, which will be conducted under cooperation between Japan and the United States. The United States explained Japan-US efforts under the Japan-United States Strategic Energy Partnership (JUSEP). Following this, participating countries, including Singapore and the Philippines, expressed their appreciation for Japan’s initiatives in Asia.
Three international conferences hosted by Japan in the fall of 2019
Participating ministers also welcomed three international conferences that Japan will host in late September 2019: the Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting, the International Conference on Carbon Recycling and the LNG Producer-Consumer Conference.
In addition to these conferences, Japan explained its cooperation projects for human resource development in the fields of energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy, oil stockpiling and nuclear safety. Participating countries expressed appreciation for Japan’s efforts.
- EAS EMM
2. Bilateral meetings with energy ministers and other officials
State Minister Isozaki held meetings each with: H.E. Mr. Sontirat Sontijirawong, Minister of Energy, Thailand, chair of the meetings, and H.E. Mr. Alfonso G. Cusi, Secretary of the Department of Energy, Philippines.
Japan and each country confirmed cooperation and collaboration efforts in Thailand or the Philippines in certain fields, including electricity, natural gas and energy efficiency and conservation.
- Meeting with Minister Sontirat, Thailand
- Meeting with Secretary Cusi, the Philippines
3. Attending the commendation ceremony of the ASEAN Energy Awards 2019
State Minister Isozaki attended the commendation ceremony of the ASEAN Energy Awards 2019, a program to recognize people that have contributed to improving efficiency, developing coal resource development technologies and other areas in the field of energy, and he offered a trophy to an awardee as an awarder of the ASEAN Energy Efficient Building Best Practice Award.
- State Minister Isozaki and Minister Sontirat, Thailand, together with the awardee
- Joint Ministerial Statement of the Sixteenth ASEAN+3 (China, Japan and Korea) Ministers on Energy Meeting (PDF:651KB)
- Joint Ministerial Statement of the 13th East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (PDF:307KB)
Division in Charge
Overseas Energy Infrastructure Office, International Affairs Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy