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Han Phoumin

Energy economist

Han Phoumin is energy economist, Economic Research Institute for Asean and East Asia (ERIA).

Han Phoumin
25 Jun 2020

Hydrogen: A game-changer for Asean

For the past two decades, hydrogen has rarely been mentioned by proponents of renewable energy although it is frequently used in the ammonia production, petrochemical and oil refining industries.

25 Jun 2020 9
Hydrogen: A game-changer for Asean
13 Jun 2020

Post-virus shift can boost renewables

Residents in many of Asean's most polluted cities have been delighted to observe significant decreases in pollution levels as a result of Covid-19 lockdown measures that have disrupted the economy, and thus many pollution-causing activities.

13 Jun 2020 3
Post-virus shift can boost renewables
26 Jun 2017

Cambodia's sun shines

The country's effort to connect rural households with electricity through solar home systems can provide a good business model for other nations.

26 Jun 2017
Cambodia's sun shines
13 May 2017

We need to reform fossil fuel subsidies

Energy has been heavily subsidised across the globe. Energy subsidies, however, have exerted an extensive economic burden on many countries, particularly on developing economies. Removing the subsidies can bring about economic, social and environmental benefits in the long term, but rising costs of living in the short term. Therefore, policies that safeguard the poor and those depending on energy for living will be needed.

13 May 2017 1
We need to reform fossil fuel subsidies
10 Apr 2017

Energy for all

With 134 million Asean citizens still without electricity, the answer could lie in off-grid Distributed Energy Systems using renewable sources.

10 Apr 2017 1
Energy for all