Thursday
April 9
2020

Southeast Asia’s Renewable Energy Transition Likely to Take Hit From COVID-19: Experts

By Jack Board

Regional aspirations for a swift transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy are likely to be dashed by the economic and market crises triggered by the global COVID-19 outbreak, experts say.

Southeast Asian nations already struggling to meet climate change targets will find those goals further from reach, with the unprecedented health emergency becoming the principal priority and a major economic burden.

Nuclear energy exploration – being considered by several nations in recent times, including Indonesia and the Philippines – is now also expected to be shelved indefinitely.

Photo courtesy of Neale Bryan.

Source: Channel News Asia (link opens in a new window)

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Coronavirus, Energy
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climate change, coronavirus, emerging markets, energy access, energy sector, global development, renewable energy