The Brunei National Energy Research Institute (BNERI); the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), and the Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences (CAMES) under Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), in collaboration with the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) hosted a seminar entitled "'The Role of Hydrogen in ASEAN's Energy Transition" on 20th February 2020 at the Empire Hotel. Supported by the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications; the Ministry of Energy and ASEAN Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI), the event was opened by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny Haji Md Hussein, Minister of Energy.
Also in attendance were Yang Mulia Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw, Deputy Minister of Energy; Yang Mulia Awang Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya, Permanent Secretary (Energy); Yang Mulia Pengiran Haji Jamra Weira bin Pengiran Haji Petra, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Energy and Power); Mr. Hiroshi Abe, Deputy Chief of Mission from the Embassy of Japan in Brunei; Mr. Raymond Chow, Deputy High Commissioner of Singapore to Brunei Darussalam. Participants of the event have also included stakeholders from ASEAN, as well as corporate representatives from Japan.
The seminar aims to formulate a proposal that would jumpstart large-scale hydrogen-based technologies in the region. The seminar discussed the three primary objectives in relation to the development of hydrogen technology in the region. During the seminar, the participants reviewed ASEAN Member States' policies and challenges on the role of hydrogen in the transition towards low-carbon energy system, hydrogen demonstration projects implemented by ASEAN Member States as well as to document current challenges and key lessons learned from these pilot projects. As a part of the discussion, the seminar also deliberated on the possible activities that can be supported at the ASEAN level to promote investments and deployment of hydrogen fuel and technologies.
As the world is facing an ever-rising global temperatures, combined with Southeast Asia's inherent vulnerability to its exacerbating effects, demands new and efficient ways to meet energy needs in the region in order to ensure its sustainable future. Declining hydrogen production costs and strengthening climate change policies, supported by increased international cooperation, has renewed interest in the viability of hydrogen fuels. In response to this, ASEAN Member States (AMS) have individually committed to participate in the Paris Agreement, an international effort to pin global warming below the 2-degree Celsius threshold above pre-industrial levels. As an effort to meet this overarching objective, many AMS' have undergone their own hydrogen-based energy production initiatives.
In his opening speech, the Minister of Energy touched on the regional and international concerted efforts needed to drive further breakthroughs in hydrogen technology. The viability of hydrogen as a reliable, clean energy for the region will largely depend on affordability, infrastructure and access. The Ministry of Energy is actively exploring alternative energy developments, such as hydrogen energy, as part of efforts to diversify the nation's energy mix for long-term energy security.
Brunei Darussalam's first pilot hydrogenation plant operated by AHEAD in Sungai Liang Industrial Park began operations in November 2019 and has since been exporting hydrogen to Kawasaki, Japan to test hydrogen energy transportation through conventional shipping methods as part of a global hydrogen supply chain demonstration project.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny Haji Md Hussein, Minister of Energy delivers his opening remarks.
Dr. Romeo Pacudan, Chief Executive Officer of BNERI presents token of appreciation to Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny Haji Md Hussein, Minister of Energy.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny Haji Md Hussein, Minister of Energy delivers in a group photo with the organizers.