ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC), 2004-2009
Policy measure

The second phase of the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC), 2004-2009, aimed to ensure continuity in key ongoing energy cooperation projects and prepare the ASEAN region for emerging global developments (ASEAN, 2004).

Under this framework, the member countries of ASEAN, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, have agreed to improve energy efficiency.

The APAEC (2004-2009) highlights energy efficiency and conservation as one of its main focus areas – Program Area No. 4. Its objective is to strengthen cooperation in energy efficiency and conservation through institutional capacity building and increase private sector involvement, including enhancing public awareness as well as expanding markets for energy efficient products.


The activities of Program Area No. 4 have been identified as (ASEAN, 2004):

  • Continuation of information sharing and networking by developing a compendium of the following for circulation to member countries and the general public: EE&C Policies / Strategies / Programs, EE&C Products and Technologies, EE&C Pool of Experts and Institutions, EE&C Best Practices / Researches.

  • Continuation of ASEAN energy standards and labelling: review country S&L programmes and testing capacity; study international experiences through study tours and joint workshops; formulation of common technical bases; development of control mechanisms and implementation process; dialogues with stakeholders and promotion.

  • Expansion of private sector involvement: enhance dialogue with private sector, other countries and organizations outside ASEAN; conduct seminars and workshops jointly with EE&C industry and businesses; include EE&C discussion and exhibitions in AEBF; expand Energy Awards/competitions for industry sector and individual achievements.

  • Capacity building: establish energy audit procedures; implement energy audit training; implement / disseminate recommended improvements; develop system for energy database, benchmarking and guidelines; develop ASEAN energy management system/network; develop certification system for ASEAN energy managers including energy auditors; develop ASEAN energy management training for trainers; develop energy management guidelines; technology transfer and demonstrations.

  • Promotion of ESCO business: development of measurement & verification (M&V) protocol for ASEAN; development of energy performance contracting legal framework and standard form of contract; development of project management and institutional guideline; development of energy saving potential indexes (benchmarking); e-commerce development for energy services.

No identified challenges.

The ASEAN APAEC 2010-2015 (2009) summarizes the main achievements of the first round of cooperative efforts of APAEC 2004-2009:

  • “Implementation of 19 EE&C projects under the EAEF of ACE.

  • Launching of competition for energy management and yearly conduct of EE&C competition for buildings.

  • Conduct of capacity building activities, such as, energy auditing for engineers and technicians.

  • Development and application of energy management tools such as in-house database.

  • Technical Directory and handbooks.

  • Conduct of annual training for ASEAN EE&C specialists and practitioners in Japan.”


ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations), 2004. ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC). Adopted by The Twenty-Second ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (22nd AMEM) 9 June 2004 in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Available at:

ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations), 2009. 2010 ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation 2010-2015 Bringing Policies to Actions: Towards a Cleaner, More Efficient and Sustainable ASEAN Energy Community. Adopted by Energy Ministers in Mandalay, Myanmar on 29 July 2009. Available at: