15 July , 2019

GWEC to ramp up activities in South East Asia with new Task Force


GWEC launched its new South East Asia Task Force, a key tool to promote wind energy in the emerging markets in the region, at Vietnam Wind Power 2019 in Hanoi. The group will act to engage governments and stakeholders,produce research and policy papers and much more in order to assist in the growth of wind and other renewable energy sectors in the region.

Chaired by Mark Hutchinson (Vice President, Head of Power and Renewables Consulting, Wood Mackenzie), the Task Force will bring together leading industry players and provide a much needed platform in South East Asia to accelerate wind and renewables development  by applying a holistic approach to unlock the renewable energy potential in the region. Over the next two years, the Task Force will focus its efforts on Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia to begin its activities, while monitoring the growth potential of other markets.

Attending the first Task Force meeting included leading companies and organisations such as: DNV GL-Energy, Vestas, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, GE Renewable Energy, UPC Renewables, The Blue Circle, The Wind Energy Holding, Mainstream Renewable Power, Hero Future Energies, Wood Mackenzie, Poyry, Vriens & Partners, Landmark Public Affairs, GIZ, European Climate Foundation, Vietnam Business Forum, Marshall Funds, Macquarie, Baker McKenzie, USAID and Megajoule.

The Task Force’s future work will be organized around four pillars: policy, association capacity building in the region, communications and events:

  • Policy work: The policy work will be primarily focused on advising governments on regulatory frameworks and auction systems that should be developed to in each country’s context tofacilitate more investments into South East Asia in wind and other renewables.
  • Communications: Research to measure and highlight the economic and social benefits of wind power in comparison to the economic, social and environmental cost of fossil energy in the region will be at the core of communications work of the Task Force This research and subsequent reports will be used to feed into a high level media campaign to pull the curtain back on the traditional ‘dirty’ energy sector in South East Asia and reveal the undeniable benefits of integrating more renewables into the power system.  
  • Capacity Building: Capacity building will focus on empowering national associations in the priority countries, and in some cases this will entail the establishment of new national associations if there are none that yet exist in the market.. Other capacity building activities will also be implemented to spread best practices and transfer knowledge from mature markets to these emerging markets;
  • Events: The Task Force also aims at creating appropriate forums and events to promote the growth of wind power in the region. From seminars and technical workshops to conferences and exhibitions, these events will bring together relevant stakeholders to facilitate the other activities and messages of the Task Force.

Altogether, the South East Asia Task Force will be a crucial tool in opening up new wind markets in the region. Although this coal-dependent region has a long way to go to realise a renewable energy system, we are confident that the work of this Task Force and our members that this region holds a bright future.

If you are interested in learning more about the South East Asia Task Force, get in touch with Liming Qiao at liming.qiao@gwec.net.

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