A challenging and historical year has passed, as people persevered and embraced the changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. ASEAN Climate Change and Energy Project (ACCEPT) is not an exception. We struggled to cope and adapt, optimizing online events, and collaborative efforts to advance our work on pursuing climate-friendly energy development in the region.
To kickstart our 2021 activities, please allow us to chronicle some of our 2020 year highlights. We could not have arrived at this point without your strong support, our esteemed stakeholders.
On March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. It not only presents challenges towards public health but also disrupts other sectors, including energy and climate change. Quickly addressing these challenges, ACCEPT conducted a survey in March to sense public perception concerning the impact of COVID-19 on energy and climate change in ASEAN.
Along with that, ACCEPT created the COVID-19 page on our website which is dedicated to assisting policymakers and the public on the impact of COVID-19 on energy and climate change in ASEAN.
On it, ACCEPT compiled related news and analysed it into a series of quarterly publications on COVID-19 impacts on Electricity, Renewables, and Oil & Gas, among other articles. Beyond that, ACCEPT actively promotes public awareness through online webinars and events, such as “Launching Talk-Renewable Energy Outlook and the Challenge on Investment in ASEAN during COVID-19 Pandemic“, “COVID-19 and the Energy Sector: Policy Perspectives“, and “Discoursing the Impact of COVID-19 in ASEAN Electricity Sector“.
As part of its mandate, ACCEPT works through the official inter-ministerial framework, culminating in the 38th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM), which was hosted virtually by Viet Nam on 19 November 2020 under the theme “Energy Transition Towards Sustainable Development”.
As noted in the ACCEPT reportage about the 38th AMEM, AMEM endorsed the inclusion of energy-climate nexus in the ASEAN energy cooperation blueprint for 2021-2025. The co-released 6th ASEAN Energy Outlook also noted ACCEPT contribution on various fronts.
Over the year 2020, ACCEPT has been busy on research activities on the energy-climate nexus, published as policy briefs, insights, and academic papers.
Realising the importance of collaboration, ACCEPT established a researchers’ network on energy and climate change, dubbed ARNECC. ACCEPT also invited researchers and experts to jointly develop research papers on energy and climate change in ASEAN. The latest round of such “Call for Interests” can be found on this page.
Also serving as a knowledge hub, ACCEPT collected interactive news related to energy and climate change in the AMS from various trusted media sources. Moreover, ACCEPT curated the list of renewable energy and energy efficiency targets, the main climate mitigation actions, from each AMS.
ACCEPT is designed with full recognition of the critical role of dissemination. As such, ACCEPT also published various popular articles to ease the public on digesting insightful information through Op-Eds and Blogs.
As an approach to improve the interactivity of dissemination and capacity building efforts, ACCEPT hosted various public and internal virtual events.
ACCEPT also utilised various mediums in its dissemination activities. One of them is through video. First, most of the public events are recorded and can be found on the ACCEPT website. Further, ACCEPT also initiated 60 seconds Climate Insight series: 24 August 2020 on 60 Seconds Climate Insight Q2, and 4 November 2020 on 60 Seconds Climate Insight Q3.
Despite the challenges we had in 2020, 2021 would be an exciting year, a year to focus on accelerating post-pandemic recovery.
Brunei Darussalam, a tiny but rich nation with vast oil and gas deposits, is assuming the chairmanship of the ten-members of ASEAN. Under the theme, “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper”, sustainable energy and climate change are among the focus of its Chairmanship.
Later this year, The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Synergising with these regional and global efforts, we thank you and we promise you a more impactful programme this year!