Renewable energy focus as Laos, Japan seek green growth opportunities
The country is keen to cooperate with a Japanese company to promote green growth and a wider range of renewable energy in Laos as part of efforts to decrease reliance on imports of fossil fuel and gas from abroad.
Ministries of Energy and Mines, Natural Resources and Environment, and Industry and Commerce in collaboration with Hitachi Zosen Corporation organised the daylong workshop in Vientiane yesterday.
Under the entitled ‘Energising the Future: Promoting Green Growth and Renewable Energy', the mission of this workshop was to examine the state of renewable energy development in Laos, and analyse key trends and development.
In addition, it also highlighted new government programmes and discussed new opportunities and challenges.
The workshop also showcased noteworthy projects and promising technologies for Laos allowing for the reduction of energy imp orts and electricity generation from cleaner renewable sources.
In his opening remarks, Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines Dr Sinava Souphanouvong said Laos has abundant resources of natural rivers that give Laos the potential to produce electricity and generate income for the nation.
“Nevertheless, we also prioritise on the promotion of (additional forms of) renewable energy to ensure the sustainability and security in energy development,” he said.
Dr Sinava also noted that the collaboration with Hitachi Zosen Corporation will help Laos to be successful in promoting renewable energy and environmentally friendly projects in Laos.
“Because the alternative energy innovation technology in Japan is globally acknowledged and successfully implemented in their country, we can exchange lesson learnt from alternative energy projects implemented in the two countries,” he added.
Meanwhile the Charges de' affairs of the Embassy of Japan in Laos Mr Kazunori Kawada also said the governments of Japan and Laos have recently agreed to the cooperation plan to sustainably develop Laos alongside the Lao government's development policy.
“The development of water resources and hydroelectricity is part of an effort to promote the green growth and renewable energy,” he said.
Mr Kawada added that this workshop will be a platform to exchange the knowledge learnt on renewable energy and discussed the possibility of adopting the Japanese innovative technology to be utilised in Laos.
In addition, Managing Director of Hitachi Zosen Corporation Mr Toshiyuki Shiraki said Laos is well-known for its abundance of water resources, providing the capacity of hydropower projects and contributing to the steady growth of socio[economic development in Laos.
“Alongside the growth of the Lao economy, energy security and development of environmental friendly energy projects are essential, and our company is also keen to cooperate with relevant Lao ministries to study energy friendly projects,” he said.
The workshop also covered several issues deemed relevant in relation to the government policy on renewable energy development toward the year 2020 to reduce carbon intensity and improve stability across the nation's power supply.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update March 24, 2017)