An article by Elga Reyes.

Developing an energy architecture that delivers secure, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy supply is a challenging undertaking wrought with complex trade-offs, according to a new report released by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Accenture on December 11.

The 104-page document, called “The Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2014”, assesses the economic growth, environmental sustainability and energy security of 124 countries to determine effective energy systems for a sustainable future.

Thailand came in highest among the Asean countries at the 55th landing spot, with Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines next at 62 to 64, respectively.

These Southeast Asian countries were not able to grab any of the higher ranks since they mainly relied on fossil fuels for most of their energy systems. In fact, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia acquire less than 10 per cent of their total primary energy supply from renewable energy sources, including nuclear, said the report. This energy mix will be stretched to its limits as demand for energy continues to rise in the region.

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