Climate of Change: The Struggle for Renewable Energy in Southeast Asia

Climate of Change: The Struggle for Renewable Energy in Southeast Asia

These windmills in Bangui generates electricity for Ilocos Norte, The Philippines — Image Credits

Climate of Change: The Struggle for Renewable Energy in Southeast Asia

at Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin, November 8, 2017

ASEAN turns 50. The results of its policies and the situation of the Southeast Asian community is at best mixed. Despite impressive economic growth rates, the struggle for social-ecological justice has not resulted in any major achievements so far. Facing a number of ecological crises, especially climate change and sea level rise, the member states are under pressure to act immediately. Yet, the will to act is curbed when plans for building new coal-fired power plants arise: Indonesia plans to have 117 new plants by 2025.

Despite this grim picture, there are alternatives that could improve the ecological and social climate in Southeast Asia. Three guests from the region share their experiences in promoting renewable energy and banning coal and large hydropower projects from the political agenda.


  • Nguy Thi Khanh, GreenID, Vietnam
  • Suphakit Nuntavorakarn, Healthy Public Policy Foundation, Thailand
  • Kyi Phyo, Mekong Energy and Ecology Network, Myanmar

Moderation: Richard Fuchs, Journalist

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