Regional initiative provides interactive data-driven information hub to power Southeast Asia transformation
BANGKOK, THAILAND, September 29, 2022 – A data hub designed to enable dialogue and promote coordination in the power sector in Southeast Asia was launched today by the regional initiative Clean, Affordable, and Secure Energy for Southeast Asia (CASE) to help accelerate the region’s energy transition.
“We share so much in Southeast Asia such as storms, as the Philippines and Vietnam experienced days ago when supercharged Typhoon Noru hammered our respective countries. There is no reason why we should not also share data, insights, and analysis to help the region transition to modern energy services so we can move forward together,” said Renato Redentor Constantino, executive director of the Manila-based think tank Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), the expert organization of CASE in the Philippines.
The Southeast Asia Information Platform for the Energy Transition (SIPET) is a pioneering interactive knowledge and coordination platform designed to help overcome persistent communication and coordination challenges faced by thousands of clean energy stakeholders in the region.
“We designed SIPET as an open-source, transparent platform to encourage practitioners, experts, and advocates across Southeast Asia to coordinate and exchange information in a more seamless and inclusive manner. We hope to elevate the quality of dialogue in the region as we aim to speed up and scale up the transition to sustainable energy,” Constantino added.
The role of SIPET in accelerating the energy transition will prove critical, as energy demand is projected to grow by 80 percent in 2050. Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam represent nearly three-quarters of total power generation in the region. The ability of the region to meet its development goals will be impacted by the current and future energy strategies under consideration by Southeast Asia’s leaders.
Energy transition stakeholders in Asia identified common challenges in coordinating the shift to clean, sustainable energy, such as the lack of institutional capacity, a dearth of platforms for timely information and intelligence sharing, and persistent duplication of work because stakeholders are unaware of activities undertaken by other practitioners and advocates.
SIPET is meant to tackle these challenges by providing a suite of power sector resources, a project database and mapping tool, a knowledge-sharing hub, and a community forum for energy transition professionals.
- Power Sector Resources featured on SIPET include the Power Transition Progress Tool and a section on Power Sector Insights developed by CASE, and Power Plant Trackers developed by Global Energy Monitor.
- The Project Mapping Tool, developed by CASE in cooperation with the Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership (ETP), maps key stakeholders involved in energy transition projects in the region, helping the region’s experts,advocates and development partners to identify and secure opportunities that generate greater synergy and impact.
- The SIPET Knowledge Hub is a portal for sharing news, research results, publications, and upcoming events. The portal encourages practitioners to share relevant information and news, facilitating improved dialogue and coordination across Southeast Asia’s power sectors.
- The SIPET Community Forum provides a platform to bring together the region’s stakeholders, experts, and development partners to streamline information sharing and collaboration.
SIPET is designed to be modular to ensure the initiative evolves in response to expressed needs and opportunities. The features under development include:
- Power Sector Insights, which will draw on available quantitative and qualitative data to provide insights into key trends and developments in the region’s power sector. This section will be launched in January 2023.
- SIPET currently integrates Asia-based data from three trackers developed by our partner, Global Energy Monitor (GEM): Asia Gas Tracker, Global Coal Plant Tracker, and Global Oil and Gas Extraction Tracker. In the coming months, SIPET will add to this by integrating data from GEM’s Global Solar Plant Tracker and Global Wind Power Tracker.
“Through SIPET, we aim to facilitate the narrative in the power sector towards an evidence-based energy transition that robustly supports the region’s development strategies, and towards joint actions that secure a clean, affordable and secure energy future for Southeast Asia,” said Simon Rolland, Energy Project Director of GIZ.
Southeast Asia is a key region in the global effort to drive climate action and achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement. In this context, SIPET encourages stakeholders working on the energy transition in Southeast Asia to join and contribute to the platform to create an information ecosystem that serves the energy transition community and advance power transformation goals in the region.
For more information about SIPET, and to join as a member and contributor, visit https://sipet.org/.
The Clean, Affordable and Secure Energy for Southeast Asia (CASE) project, commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action of Germany (BMWK), aims to support Southeast Asian partner countries in the transition to a future energy system that provides reliable and affordable energy to the people while increasing political ambition to comply with the Paris Agreement. Through a comprehensive approach, including public, private and research organizations, CASE contributes to shifting the narrative of the energy sector in Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam towards an evidence-based energy transition.
In the Philippines, ICSC serves as the expert organization of CASE and the Department of Energy Renewable Energy Management Bureau (DOE-REMB) is its political partner. For more information, visit the CASE website, or contact Duangkamol Wongworachan at email@example.com.
AC Dimatatac, ICSC: firstname.lastname@example.org, +63 998 546 9788, +63 917 149 5649
Peter du Pont, Asia Clean Energy Partners: email@example.com, +66 81 700 2860
Marc Tagub, Asia Clean Energy Partners: firstname.lastname@example.org, +66 82 335 1550
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