Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Energy and Climate Change in ASEAN

Last Updated: 1 July 2020

Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, the cases of the coronavirus illness have surpassed millions, spreading rapidly to more than 200 countries and territories around the world. Countries in Southeast Asia region are not inevitable from this crisis. As of now, all 10 ASEAN Member States have been experiencing the growing confirmed case. It does not only present challenges towards public health but also disrupts other sectors, including energy and climate change.

Based on our recent survey, COVID-19 is affecting fossil fuels the most, but renewable energy is also considered to be hit. A positive temporary effect on the climate must be used to mainstream the information about climate change mitigation into the society, to involve in a more sustainable economy and environmental-friendly activities in the daily lives.

Here, we provide various updated information and analysis on the energy and climate change in ASEAN in related to COVID-19.

Related Analysis

ASEAN: Toward Residential Energy Efficiency

2020 is incredibly tough for ASEAN energy development as Covid-19 brings unprecedented challenges to the sector. With the five years left…

COVID-19 and Climate Sharing Session

ACCEPT initiated an In-House Sharing Session, discussing five different topics under a common theme regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and climate crisis via online…

ACEF 2020

The Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) of the Asia Development Bank (ADB) is one of Asia’s leading clean energy events and is held each June. ACEF connects…

Building Resilience to Pandemic With Residential Energy Efficiency and Conservation

It has been half a year since COVID‑19 was first reported in December 2019, followed by the World Health…

COVID-19 vs Electricity Sector

As COVID-19 already spread all around the world, global economic activities have been slowed down. Various people’s mobility…

oilgas

Plunge in demand, supply glut, and plummeting price—even touching minus point—have made oil and gas market gloomy especially in ASEAN countries….

renewables

Renewable energy sector is also inevitably hit by this pandemic, remarkably under the disrupted supply chain and logistic which cause inevitable postponed….

electricity

Falling electricity demand is a dire impact of COVID-19 as the quarantine practice, which urges power utilities to cope. Left hanging between…

thumb

The survey was conducted from 17 to 31 March, with A total number of 401 respondents from 25…

2020: Tough Year for Climate Change, Amid the Need for Climate Resiliency

The world is stunned by the emergence of fast-spreading Coronavirus Disease…

Survey Result

COVID-19 is affecting fossil fuels the most, but renewable energy is…

Clearer Jakarta Skies May Not Last Long

Calls to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 have gotten stronger since the World Health Organization declared…

Energy and Climate Policy Tracker on COVID-19

ASEAN | Brunei Darussalam | Cambodia | Indonesia | Lao PDR | Malaysia | Myanmar | Philippines | Singapore | Thailand | Vietnam

ASEAN

Related News

 

Brunei Darussalam

Related News

 

Cambodia

Key Policy Responses

The authorities have issued a reduction of electricity tariffs for five months starting from June, specifically for manufacturing, agriculture, commercial, and service firms. The bill is expected to be reduced by 25 percent, as a government’s effort to sustain the business operations in those four key sectors.

Related News

 

Indonesia

Key Policy Responses

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Indonesia took another step back toward a clean energy economy due to fossil fuel subsidies and hampered clean power plant projects such as geothermal. Indonesia introduces a domestic coal price of $20 below market price in January and set a subsidised fuel quota at 26.87 million kiloliters (mL) as a government position to protect the people’s purchasing power and ensure the business community.

Related News

 

Lao PDR

Key Policy Responses

The authorities issued the Relief and Public Sector Expenditure Measures to Reduce the Impact from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Relief measures are primarily concerned with tax relief such as salary tax exemption, Deferment of payments for affected businesses, Profit tax exemption for micro-enterprises, etc. Meanwhile Public Sector Expenditures maintain large-scale investment project through the reduction of administrative expenses.

Related News

 

Malaysia

Key Policy Responses

In response to COVID-19 outbreak, the government deferred the implementation of the national B20 program due to lower crude palm oil (CPO) demand and focus response to resources

Related News

 

Myanmar

Key Policy Responses

The authorities scheduled to resume two of five emergency power projects by May, should be up and running by September. In addition, the government will be extending the deadline for the monthly power tariff in Yangon as part of measures to avoid unnecessary mass gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Related News

 

Philippines

Key Policy Responses

The authorities will provide free electricity for March and April to support low-income households during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also cancel penalties, interest, and fees for late payment. The collapse of world oil prices did not shake the Philippines because they were not oil exporters.

Related News

 

Singapore

Key Policy Responses

The authorities consider that the crisis due to COVID-19 is an opportunity to accelerate the transition of energy towards safe and sustainable energy. They plan to continue to develop low-carbon energy and continue to decarbonize in their energy systems.

Related News

 

Thailand

Key Policy Responses

Even with this COVID-19 pandemic going around the world, Thailand still aims to become a regional LNG hub and keeps factories running by cutting electricity charges. Not only for factories, but they also cutting electricity charges for 22 million houses.

Related News

 

Vietnam

Key Policy Responses

The authorities have announced that there will be no price increases until the end of Q2 while promoting renewables by approving regulation towards cheaper green energy, even during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Related News

Stay updated!