September 17, 2021
An ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM+3) and an East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM) were held on September 16. Both meetings were held online. 10 ASEAN countries, several other countries and international organizations participated. The outcomes of the meetings were compiled into respective Joint Ministerial Statements.
With energy demand in Asia growing, these meetings were inaugurated to ensure a stable energy supply and enhance measures for energy security and climate change in the region, by providing an opportunity for its countries' energy ministers to discuss policy harmonization and international cooperation.
The AMEM+3 this year brought together energy ministers and other officials from the 10 ASEAN member states and Japan, China, and the ROK. Representing Japan, Mr. Ejima Kiyoshi, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, attended as co-chair.
The EAS EMM also brought together energy ministers from Australia, India, New Zealand, Russia, and the United States, in addition to the 13 countries mentioned above. State Minister Ejima attended as the Japanese representative.
The key points in the respective meetings were as follows:
- The participants agreed that in order to ensure a stable and continuous supply of energy for economic growth, their 13 countries must each consider various options and utilise all technologies and fuels.
- They shared the view that oil and natural gas will continue to play a substantial role in ensuring energy security and supporting regional economic development.
- In addition, they agreed that there is not only one way to achieve a low-carbon economy, but several for each country.
- In the activity briefings, gratitude was expressed for Japan's continued support and contributions. Examples mentioned included its cooperation on Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) through AJEEP (the ASEAN-Japan Energy Efficiency Partnership),, and its knowledge sharing and research cooperation on essential technologies for the transition to a low-carbon society (e.g., CCT, CCUS, and carbon recycling),developing human resources for nuclear safety energy, and on oil stockpiling to enhance energy security.
- They also welcomed the second Government-Private Forum on Cleaner Energy Future Initiative for ASEAN (CEFIA) (held in February this year), with many expressing their hopes for even stronger public-private cooperation and further development of its activities.
2. EAS EMM
- The participants discussed the importance of promoting economic opportunities arising from green growth, sustainable development, energy transitions, and climate change countermeasures in line with global efforts toward implementing the Paris Agreement.
- In order to advance toward achieving affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all, they agreed that it was important to accelerate the development and deployment of innovative, scalable, and efficient technologies.
- They also all expressed their gratitude for the Asia Energy Transition Initiative (AETI), Japan's support toward realistic energy transitions in Asia.
- The first forum in June saw the successful launch of the Asia CCUS Network, a platform led by Japan and ERIA (the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia) for sharing knowledge and environmental developments toward using CCUS throughout the region. The participants all welcomed the launch, and expressed their hopes for human resource development and case studies in this field.
- They also all welcomed Japan's continued sharing of knowledge on hydrogen and decarbonization technologies in the transportation sector that are central in the effort toward achieving a low-carbon society.
- In addition, in an agenda item on the EAS Energy Minister’s Dialogue on EAS Energy Transition Plans and Policies towards Decarbonisation, they exchanged views on the regional cooperation and policies necessary to promote decarbonization, including green growth, transition financing, and developing innovative technology.
- Next year's AMEM+3 and EAS EMM will be chaired by Cambodia, which will be the chair of ASEAN.
State Minister Ejima (EAS EMM)
State Minister Ejima (AMEM+3)
1. Outline of the AMEM+3
- The AMEM+3 was inaugurated based on a proposal by then METI Minister Hiranuma at the 8th International Energy Forum (IEF) Ministerial Meeting held in Osaka in 2002. It has been held 17 times to date. The ASEAN chair for the year serves as the chair of each meeting, and Japan, China, and the ROK have participated in the meetings as co-chairs.
2. Outline of the EAS EMM
- The EAS EMM was inaugurated in accordance with the decision shown in the Cebu Declaration on East Asian Energy Security, which was based on a proposal by then Prime Minister Abe at the second East Asia Summit meeting held in the Philippines in 2007. It has been held 14 times to date. The ASEAN chair for the year serves as the chair of each meeting.
- There are 18 member countries in total: the 10 ASEAN member states, and Japan, China, the ROK, Australia, India, New Zealand, Russia, and the United States.
- Appendix 1-1: Joint Ministerial Statement of the 18th ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting (Original Text) (PDF:397KB)
- Appendix 2-1: Joint Ministerial Statement of the 15th East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (Original Text) (PDF:313KB)
Division in Charge
Overseas Energy Infrastructure Office, International Affairs Division, Commissioner's Secretariat, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy