The EU works closely with countries in Southeast Asia to develop renewable energy and energy efficiency common projects to support a clean and just energy transition in both regions. This includes potential cooperation on developing a successful hydrogen market and electricity interconnection in Southeast-Asia.
Through their engagement on common energy issues, both regions aim at increasing their energy security while further accelerating the deployment of renewables, particularly in the Southeast Asian energy market.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an intergovernmental organisation aimed primarily at promoting economic growth and regional stability among its members. The 10 member countries are: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Taken together, its 10 member countries have a population of more than 650 million and cover a geographical area of 4.5 million km2.
The EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have been partners since 1977, with the shared values and principles of a rules-based international order, effective and sustainable multilateralism, as well as free and fair trade. Energy cooperation dates back almost equally as long with several projects and exchanges.
At the Commemorative Summit celebrating 45 years of EU-ASEAN relations on 14 December 2022, the EU and ASEAN opened a new chapter in their longstanding relationship by formally establishing an EU-ASEAN Energy Dialogue. This follows on from the EU-ASEAN Strategic Partnership that was concluded in 2020. The ASEAN-EU Energy Dialogue aims to serve as a platform for policy dialogue, including the promotion of business and industry exchanges, and to inform cooperation programmes in the energy sector. The outcomes of discussions under this dialogue may further inform the development and implementation of energy projects and initiatives under existing and future cooperation programmes between ASEAN and the EU.