Towards a Green and Inclusive Sector in the Great Mekong Subregion

12 Feb 2024

Authors: WWF
Authoring Organisation: WWF
Posted At: 01-2024

The power sector and electricity market in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)1 is developing rapidly and, driven by the fast-growing economies of the subregion, will likely sustain its growth over the coming decades. Energy demand in the GMS is expected to rise more than threefold, from 486 TWh in 2021 to 1,645 TWh by 2050. This presents both challenges and opportunities. Electricity is a key component in national and regional development, as well as in achieving the decarbonization commitments articulated in nationally determined contributions. How the sector evolves in the GMS will significantly affect energy security, sectoral decarbonization, and its impact on nature and people. This report postulates that a smartly-designed regional power grid for the GMS can facilitate the transition to 100 percent renewable electricity without sacrificing nature, people, or rivers.

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