Bottom row: Mr. Vakulchuk (NUPI), Ambassador Hong Lam Le(Viet Nam), Ambassador Todung Mulya Lubis (Indonesia), Ambassador Enrico Fos (Philippines), Ambassador Maw Maw (Myanmar), Chargé d' Affaires, a.i. Monsak Jangariyawong (Thailand), Professor Øverland (NUPI). Top row: Minister and Consul Raul Dado (Philippines), First Secretary Muhammad Iqbal (Indonesia), Ms. Elisabeth Olsen (NUPI), Ms. Kristine Schi Nordvold (NUPI), Third Secretary Christiansen Cabahug (Philippines), First Secretary Wint Yee Toe (Myanmar), Counsellor and DCM Luong Giang Nguyen (Vietnam)
7 April 2022 - The ASEAN Committee in Oslo (ACO) had an open discussion with researchers from the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) on renewable energy opportunities and challenges in the ASEAN region.
The ACO, which is presently chaired by the Philippines, is composed of the five resident ASEAN Embassies in Norway - Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam. NUPI is the leading research center on international issues in areas of particular relevance to Norwegian foreign policy. NUPI was represented by Mr. Indra Øverland, Research Professor and Head of Research Group on Climate and Energy, and Mr. Roman Vakulchuk, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Center for Energy Research.
In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Enrico Fos stressed the importance of a discussion on renewable energy, especially in light of the global shift to green economy as a response to the adverse effects of climate change faced by the world. Ambassador Fos mentioned that the ASEAN region is vulnerable to the environmental effects brought about by climate change, with the Philippines itself facing an average of 20 major typhoons each year.
During the open forum, the ACO Ambassadors discussed with Mr. Øverland and Mr. Vakulchuk the renewable energy prospects and barriers in the ASEAN region. Both sides agreed that there should be continued research on renewable energy in the ASEAN, especially with the ASEAN countries´ commitment to pursuing energy security and energy transition in the region. End
Ambassador Fos welcomes members of the ASEAN Committee in Oslo (ACO) and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
Mr. Indra Øverland and Mr. Roman Vakulchuk present their research on opportunities and barriers to renewable energy in the ASEAN