ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY

1. ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY COOPERATION



1.1      Work toward further mainstreaming sustainable development, and promoting balanced, inclusive, and sustainable approaches:



1.1.1   Seek to  develop  activities  linked  to the  implementation of  regionally  relevant outcomes, building on existing ASEAN programs, other relevant regional activities of the United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20);



1.2       Increase the policy dialogue and communication and forge greater collaboration through mechanisms, including  the  EAS Environment  MinistersMeeting  and EAS Energy Ministers' Meeting;


1.3       Recognize the  Cebu Declaration  on  East Asian Energy Security  and  the  Singapore

Declaration on Climate Change,Energy and the Environment;



1.4        Support the implementation ofthe activities,action plans, and research studies on energy cooperation  being carried out under the ASEAN framework  and between  ASEAN and Dialogue Partners,including:


1.4.1   ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) 2016-2025 Phase 1: 2016-

2020;



1.4.2   EAS Energy Cooperation Task Force (EAS ECTF) work plan;



1.4.3   East Asia Low Carbon-Growth Partnership Initiatives;



1.4.4   Research Studies  consistent  with  the  EAS Mid-Term Energy Policy  Research

Roadmap;



1.4.5     Research Studies by the  Economic Research Institute for  ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) for  EAS Energy Cooperation  following to EAS Mid  Term Energy Policy Research Roadmap,but not limited to:



(i) Sharing EAS energy supply/demand outlook;

EAS energy outlooks for the medium-to-long-term


(ii) Enhancement of security of energy supply;

Study on social benefit brought by high standard emission regulations in

ASEAN


Enhancing energy supply chain resilience


Study on sustainable development of natural gas market in the EAS region

Assessing the potential small-scale LNG distribution and pipeline


(iii) Climate change mitigation and environment protection;

Promotion of energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission mitigation in the transport  sector

Assessment of electricity storage technology for Solar/PV


(iv) Building basic information and knowledge;

Capacity building training on preparation of energy statistics for Lao PDR and

Myanmar





1.5 Conduct  joint  research and development   {R&D) and investment   on  renewable  and alternative energy, which may include, as appropriate:


1.5.1    Encouraging the active role of the Biofuels for Transport and Other Purposes Work

Stream and the Renewable and Alternative Power Generation Work Stream;



1.5.2    Continuing to support the EAS Clean Energy  Forum;



1.5.3    Encourage interested  EAS participating countries to consider supporting, where applicable and on a voluntary  basis, the work of the International Solar Alliance, among others;


1.6 Stimulate discourse analyzing the barriers to renewable energy policies and of investment in renewable energy:


1.6.1  Promote dialogue on reform of fuel subsidies which encourage wasteful consumption, while recognizing the importance of providing those in need with essential energy services;


1.6.2    Encourage  renewable   energy   investments   and  balanced  financing   in  the renewable energy sector;


1.7 Promote   the   deployment    of   advanced   technologies   on   energy   efficiency   and conservation:


1.7.1  Encourage the active role of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Work Stream and support the research study on smart and eco-friendly cities by ERIA;



1.8 Enhance  research  and  cooperation   on  sustainable  urban  development  and  smart solutions as well as raise the environmental awareness of the general public:



1.8.1 Encourage support  for  programs  on sustainable  and smart  cities, and continue holding the High-Level Seminar on Environmentally Sustainable Cities {HLS-ESC);


1.9 Bring to  a higher level the work on EAS cooperation  in climate change adaptation  and mitigation:


1.9.1    Continue cooperation  through the East Asia Low Carbon Growth  Partnership in order to build awareness of climate change mitigation;



1.9.2    Continue to hold the EAS Seminar on Climate Change Adaptation Capacity Building bearing in mind that adaptation and mitigation are both important in addressing the short and long-term effects of climate change in the EAS region;





1.9.3 Encourage  cooperation with  the  Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) under the  auspices of the Global Adaptation Network (GAN);


1.9.4 Encourage the establishment of the Ea st Asia Center for Climate Change Research and International Cooperation;


1.9.5 Promote dialogue  and cooperation in the field  of advanced  energy technologies, including carbon  capture and storage, energy  storage, and energy  efficiency and clean and renewable energy technologies in electrical power generation and transport;


1.9.6 Continue  to promote the  usage of  renewable energy  resources,  such as wind, solar,geothermal,hydro,biomass, and ocean energy;


1.10     Encouragsupport to the  ASEAN Centre  for  Biodiversity (ACB), a regional organization and center  of excellence  dedicated  to the  promotion of regional collaboration on biodiversity conservation;


1.11   Continue   to promote the   conservation, protection  and  preservation of  the  marine environment through responsible and sustainable use of marine resources, building on initiatives of various ASEAN-Ied mechanisms;