At the recent meeting of the newly-established Committee on Energy of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Unescap), the Department of Energy (DOE) pledged support for the UN’s energy thrust. This is aligned with the Philippine’s own agenda, such as ensuring energy security, promoting a low carbon future, achieving total electrification and improving energy efficience.
Energy Undersecretary Jesus Cristino Posadas told the meeting at the United Nations Conference Center (UNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand that the Philippines also backed the restructuring of the commission, including the establishment of an energy committee.
He underscored the importance of regional energy cooperation and interconnectivity to achieve the sustainable development goal of providing affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy for the power-consuming public.
On the subject of power infrastructure connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region, Posadas clarified that “we do not refer only to the physical power transmission network or the gas or oil pipeline, but also the information and communications network, both its software and hardware.”
“This is an enabler of the development of electricity spot markets and smart communications technology which makes possible the two-way flow of electricity,” he added.
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