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ASEAN Races to 15/2015 with SMEs July 25, 2012

So, I have to make some revision here, as finally, I am back on board. My latest article is up now in the “The world’s best thinkers on energy & climate”. I wrote about the goal of ASEAN to reach 15% energy mix from renewable energy by 2015 and how the Small and Medium Enterprises could be the key for the successful of this goal.

Now, renewable energy is the priority for development for ASEAN member states. With abundant renewable energy resources as one region, they are currently implementing a vision of renewable energy into progressive actions by engaging more renewable activities and enhancing greater regional collaboration. They are also working to identify areas where clean and renewable energy can emerge and deploy to mitigate the adverse impact of the climate change as well. At the national level, each country has tried to come up with its own renewable energy policy. Expecting by 2015, 15% target is achieved.

But to what partners should the countries look for here?

For the region where Small and Medium Enterprises or SMEs account for over 90% of all enterprises in every Member State and employ more than half the workforce in most Member States (APEC Policy Support Unit in June 2010 published a report entitled SME Market Access and Internationalization: Medium-term KPIs for the SMEWG Strategic Plan), SMEs is the answer. (Although there’s a never ending debate about the definition of SMEs in various countries).

Read it full here: Will ASEAN realise its 2015 renewable energy goals?

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