Renewable energy – leading solution to climate change mitigation in ASEAN

09/04/2024 09:14
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KPL (KPL/VNA) – Investing in renewable energy sources is as a palliative measure for ASEAN to mitigate climate change, according to Vice President of Infrastructure Solutions at Malaysian-based Vertiv Chee Hoe Ling.

(KPL/VNA) – Investing in renewable energy sources is as a palliative measure for ASEAN to mitigate climate change, according to Vice President of Infrastructure Solutions at Malaysian-based Vertiv Chee Hoe Ling.

In Southeast Asia, for instance, energy demand has increased an average of roughly 3% a year for the past two decades – with fossil fuels meeting a sizeable portion of this, he said.

The International Energy Agency noted that coal, natural gas, and oil are the largest contributors to the region’s energy mix, adding that fossil fuel imports are key to powering the region.

The same IEA report found that the region is undergoing a steady worsening in its energy trade balance, as fossil fuel demand outpaces local production. It is, therefore, important if the region could make the transition to renewable and sustainable energy faster from an economic perspective as well as an environmental one. Furthermore, this would also be in line with governments’ aspirations across Southeast Asia to realise long-term plans for a more secure and sustainable future.

He said that due to the rising demand for digitalised services, the region has seen an unprecedented boom in the market for data centres, citing global management consulting firm Kearney’s study which said the region’s data centre colocation market is projected to grow by 16.5% from 2019 to 2026 with a value of 6.5 billion USD.

Unfortunately, data centres come with massive carbon footprints due to the tremendous amounts of electricity consumed, water utilised, and carbon emissions generated.

They must prioritise technology, energy and water efficiency, and sustainability in their operations, he said, adding key to sustainable development of the centres is to pen strategic plans to branch out digital infrastructure.

He stressed that the push for renewable energy and sustainable practices in both energy and data centre sectors is crucial to efforts for a brighter future without dampening economic growth, adding Southeast Asian countries could make contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and shaping up a sustainable environment in the future.

 

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