- Very significantly reduce the Greater Mekong’s dependence on fossil fuel or future uranium imports,
- Ensure stable electricity prices for decades to come
- Increase job creation
- Increase positive cooperation in the region, and
- Reduce environmental and social impacts.
The five countries of the Greater Mekong – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam -- face a bold choice in the coming years: leapfrog and embrace the best clean, renewable technologies now or continue an overreliance on heavily polluting, high carbon fossil fuel power generation, non-sustainable hydropower projects or a dependence on risky and costly nuclear power.
Greater Mekong countries have a unique and timely opportunity to become leaders in clean, renewable electricity. Renewable energy sources such as sun, wind, water, geothermal, biomass, and ocean energy abound in the region and are increasingly becoming more affordable, more available and more efficient.
WWF and a host of partners in all five countries have developed a vision for renewable energy in the Greater Mekong Region that lays out a roadmap for a future run entirely on renewable energy by 2050.
Through a regional plan and then five specific country level plans, The authors of this vision set out sensible, cost effective solutions to some of the region’s most taxing energy problems. The goal is to spur a regional and global debate, as well as concrete actions, leading to an achievable, affordable renewable energy future in the Greater Mekong.