Energy efficiency trends throughout ASEAN | ASEAN Centre for Energy | Sanjayan Velautham


Several countries in Asia have seen a significant increase in energy demand for buildings in mitigating climate change and energy use. To improve substantial energy efficiency across the buildings sector, careful strategies and effective initiatives from organizations are needed to reduce these challenges.

Ir. Dr. Sanjayan Velautham, the Executive Director of the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), expresses his insights exclusively with AsiaGreenBuildings on three key topics; plans brought by ASEAN Centre for Energy for energy efficiency in a built environment, energy trends throughout ASEAN in the green buildings industry and the future ASEAN energy market.


What does ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) plan for ASEAN’s energy efficiency in a built environment?

We will implement outcome-based strategies and action plans through the ener­­gy efficiency and conservation (EE&C) programme area, namely: i) Harmonization and Promotion of Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling on various kinds of energy-related products; ii) Enhancing private sector participation including Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) for EE&C promotion.; iii) Developing green building codes which support the use of high energy efficient products; iv) Enhance the participation of financial institutions in EE&C development.

A number of initiatives have been started in that framework, through the ASEAN-Japan Energy Efficiency Programme (AJEEP) and the ASEAN SHINE – Lighting (a cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme), among others.

For example, under AJEEP, the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) conducts energy audit in several buildings in the ASEAN Member States (AMS).

What are the current energy trends throughout ASEAN which affects the practice of green building?

ASEAN has renewed its focus on sustainability by perusing green building initiatives to ensure the continued efforts on energy security and environment protection. In 2011, ASEAN started the discussion to introduce a new award for Green Buildings (GB).

The awardees for Green Building were selected based on the following criteria: Energy Efficiency (30%), Renewable Energy (10%), Water Efficiency (10%), Environmental Sustainability (20%), Indoor Environment Quality (20%), Operation and Maintenance & other green features and innovation (10%).

How would the energy market look like in ASEAN in the next 5 years?

ASEAN is expected to require more than 2.4 times of its current annual energy demand in order to maintain economic growth as targeted. Yet, if the implementation of policies which specifically target higher efficiency standards in the transformation sector (i.e. thermal efficiency in the electricity sector) and demand-side management as well as deployments of renewable energy are successful, it will lead to substantially lower primary energy demand. Within ASEAN, hydropower and geothermal are two major sources of renewable energy.



About ASEAN Centre for Energy

The ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), established on January 1, 1999 as an inter-governmental organization, is guided by a Governing Council composed of the Senior Officials on Energy of the ASEAN Member States (AMS).  Established by Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, ACE is hosted by Indonesia.  As host country, Indonesia provides headquarter facilities and other amenities at the ACE building in the compound of the Directorate-General for Electricity and Energy Development of the Indonesia Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Jakarta.
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