International Energy Agency to open first regional office in Singapore

International Energy Agency to open first regional office in Singapore

The IEA is an intergovernmental organisation that provides analysis, data, policy recommendations and solutions to help countries in their transition to sustainable energy. Singapore joined the IEA as an association country in 2016.

Dr Tan said: “The IEA Regional Cooperation Centre in Singapore will deepen our partnership with the IEA.

“The centre will be the first energy-focused international organisation in Singapore and will be a strategic asset for the IEA in the Asia Pacific.

“It will energise the region’s decarbonisation journey, while continuing to provide advice on energy security and resilience.”

Chief executive of EMA Ngiam Shih Chun said the centre will further strengthen EMA’s ability to work with the IEA to support the region’s energy transition pathways.

“EMA and IEA have worked closely over many years to enhance the region’s capacity on key energy initiatives such as energy efficiency, infrastructure financing and cross-border power interconnections through the Singapore-IEA Regional Training Hub and the Singapore-IEA Forum at the annual Singapore International Energy Week,” added Mr Ngiam.

IEA’s executive director Fatih Birol noted that the new office will allow it to “significantly increase (its) engagement with Southeast Asia and beyond”, adding that the region is “one of the most dynamic and fastest growing regions in the world”.

“Through the centre, we stand ready to accompany all of the countries in the region as they strive to provide affordable, reliable and modern energy for all their citizens,” added Dr Birol.