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Climate Change

ASEAN countries start to shake off smokestack addiction

Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam count on EVs to propel shift

A solar farm in Kupang, Indonesia. Southeast Asian countries are stepping up efforts to shift to renewable energy sources.    © Reuters

JAKARTA/BANGKOK/LONDON -- Fossil fuel-reliant Southeast Asian nations have begun moving away from oil, coal and other polluting resources, swayed by a global push for decarbonization, with Indonesia's state-owned public utility promising a full exit from coal in four decades.

Indonesia's Perusahaan Listrik Negara has pledged to stop building new coal-fired plants and plans to switch existing coal capacity to renewables between 2025 and 2060.

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