Target: Secretary General of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) H.E. Le Luong Minh
Goal: Deploy clean, renewable energy in Southeast Asia to combat climate change and global pollution
Because of its rapidly growing industries, Southeast Asia is consuming increasingly large volumes of fossil fuels. Going forward, the countries of Southeast Asia have a lot of untapped potential to create sustainable and renewable energy. Since the area is progressing towards the forefront of the world’s economy, these countries can utilize their growing power to make themselves sustainable, and eventually many other parts of the world will follow.
Over the last forty or so years, countries in Southeast Asia have developed quickly. Many economies jumped from agriculture-based to manufacturing-based, which is excellent news for reducing poverty and government corruption in those countries. Many of the countries, like Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia, are becoming key players in international relations. However, the downside is that all this development is creating increased demand for fossil fuels.
Many countries belonging to ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, are currently producing ethanol and biodiesel, but are lacking the investment to provide the energy in most of the country. ASEAN needs to take action to make the group of countries, and specifically their renewable energy sectors, more desirable to foreign investors. The other challenge is in creating an infrastructure to support these renewable energy sources, perhaps via a Private Public Partnership with a foreign company. Together, the domestic technology and foreign funds can create a sustainable and economically viable Southeast Asia.
Sign the petition below to urge ASEAN nations to invest in renewable energy.
Dear Secretary General of the ASEAN H.E. Le Luong Minh,
The recent economic development in Southeast Asia, while great in most aspects, is detrimental to the environment. As both service and manufacturing sectors increase, so does the demand for oil. It is in the region’s best interest to continue its economic development, but also be aware of the environmental impacts of development and work to fix that.
While many of the ASEAN member countries have introduced medium- and long-term energy goals, they will not be realized until the countries are able to jump certain hurdles. The main hurdle is the lack of finances to develop these renewable energy sectors. The second is to create infrastructure to support that energy. The region has the technology, but lacks the means to spread it.
What ASEAN needs to do is entice foreign investment into the region, specifically in the renewable energy sector. The countries need to let the world know that Southeast Asia is open for business, and that the region is going to develop in a sustainable way. By allowing the renewable energy sector to flourish, Southeast Asia can become a major world power going forward.
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