1. The Ninth East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM) was held on 8th October 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water of Malaysia. The Meeting was attended by the Ministers and Senior Officials responsible for energy from the EAS Participating Countries, namely the ASEAN Member States, Australia, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, the Russian Federation and the United States. The Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community was also in attendance.
2. Recognising that the bulk of global energy demand originates from EAS participating countries (about 60%), the Ministers reaffirmed the importance of continued efforts towards energy security, and improved energy access and affordability in the EAS region. The Ministers emphasised the need for EAS participating countries to step up efforts towards improving energy efficiency, promoting alternative/renewable energy and clean technologies, and developing high quality energy infrastructure.
3. The Ministers affirmed the continuing role of clean energy, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean technology applications, to meet the rising energy demand of the EAS region and to respond to global calls for greenhouse gas reduction. The Ministers acknowledged the challenges inherent to renewable energy development in an environment of declining oil prices and a slowing global economy but reaffirmed the need to advance the utilisation of clean energy and clean energy technologies through capacity building, increased deployment and robust technology cooperation and other policies as appropriate to participating countries’ national circumstances.
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