As per Minister Suy Sem on 16th September, Cambodia is committed to integrating more sustainable power into the new Ministry of the Mines and Energy grand plan in order to reduce the carbon impact of the kingdom’s socio-economic development. During a session on Cambodia’s Policy Plan, Challenges, and Transitional Energy Efforts towards Carbon Reduction,” the minister made a comment through a videoconference at the 15th East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting.

The ASEAN Secretariat and Bruneian energy ministry collaborated on the event. Sem informed the audience that Cambodia would continue to use clean energy to the greatest extent possible to alleviate some of the negative effects of climate change while also ensuring energy supply security, accessibility, affordability, and reliability.

“To accomplish this, we will incorporate more renewable energy advancement initiatives into the power development plan (PDP), create a utility-scale BESS (battery energy storage system) to cater more VRE (variable renewable energy) developments, and implement policies and action strategies for energy efficiency,” he stated. However, he did agree that the Kingdom will have to rely on fossil fuels to a certain extent in the near future, which he said would be acknowledged in the new PDP.

“However, because the fossil fuels we will use is going to be used more cleanly, the implementation of the ‘clean fossil fuel technologies,’ like CCT (clean coal technologies) and CCUS (carbon capture, utilization, and storage), is essential to us for the shift to decarbonization,” he says.

He stated that Cambodia would continue to promote investment in cutting-edge technologies such as batteries, energy storage and hydrogen, as well as the Internet of Energy (IoE). He explained that these advancements would be used to improve and automate Cambodia’s electricity system, making it cleaner, more efficient, and cheaper, as well as reducing waste and ensuring a decent level of reliability.

He also urged the meeting’s attendees to speed up the uptake of renewables, clean fuels, and other green technologies, as well as digitalization of their countries’ energy systems and networks. The Kingdom, for its part, is “committed to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions that are in the country, notably in the electricity generation,” he stated.

“In the future years, we expect more renewable energy production sources as well as energy-efficiency projects to help us achieve this goal. “Of course, this means more chances for government and private investors to collaborate and mobilize more investment and financing to bring about such a transformation,” he added.

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