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ASEAN+3 Forum Tackles Energy Security

PASAY CITY, Philippines – Senior energy officials from member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as from China, Japan and Korea concluded the 14th Energy Security Forum (ESF) with a consensus to conduct regular sharing of relevant energy developments to ensure energy security, particularly on coal, oil and nuclear energy resources.
The 14th ESF is part of the three-day ASEAN+3 (China Japan and Korea) Forum hosted by the Philippine Department of Energy held from 23-25 May 2017 at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City.
The ESF focused on the latest energy trends in the region, including energy consumption, power generation and energy self-sufficiency.
The meeting also reviewed the technical preparations of the energy outlook of the ASEAN+3 member-economies highlighting on the modeling framework and major assumptions for Total Primary Energy Supply (TPES), Final Energy Consumption (FEC) and Power Generation Mix, including Fossil Fuels Demand and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Emissions.
Each ASEAN Member-State shared their best practices on oil security and provided updates regarding their oil stockpiling status and directions.
Japan Oil Gas and Metals National Corp. (JOGMEC) also gave a status report regarding its oil stockpiling capacity building program, while Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) expounded on their oil stockpiling outreach policy.
In the discussion on coal energy resource security.
China, Japan & Korea briefed the participants on clean coal technology development, specifically focusing on the High Efficiency and Low Emission (HELE) coal power generation technology.
The ASEAN Member-States furthermore discussed a plan for a possible engagement with the China General Nuclear Power Group (CGNPC) regarding the sharing of experiences in “Nuclear Front-end Planning”.
The Institute of Energy Economics Japan (IEEJ) presented a paper, “Challenges of Nuclear Development: Safety Guidelines Procedure and Policy Updates” to address the looming scenarios in developing and utilizing nuclear energy.
DOE Undersecretary Jesus Cristino P. Posadas headed the Philippine delegation together with Energy Policy and Planning Bureau Asst. Director Carmencita Bariso.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.