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PROJECT: Renewable Energy Vision

Renewable energy vision

By 2050 we can meet Myanmar’s energy demand using renewable resources such as sun, wind, water, geothermal, biomass and ocean energy.

About the project

Led by our Climate and Energy Programme team, the Renewable Energy Vision is the most ambitious and detailed analysis of its kind in the region. It demonstrates that by embracing the best available technologies, Myanmar can take a giant leap forward into a sustainable future that is better for everyone. With almost 70% of the country living without access to reliable and affordable electricity, electrification is high on Myanmar’s development agenda, but unless we choose to move away from polluting fossil fuels and large-scale hydropower, providing electricity to Myanmar’s growing population will have devastating consequences.

The Renewable Energy Vision demonstrates that by the year 2050 we can meet Myanmar’s energy demand using a diverse mix of renewable resources such as sun, wind, water, geothermal, biomass and ocean energy. This will \significantly reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, accelerate universal access to electricity, ensure stable electricity prices for decades to come, increase job creation, strengthen cooperation with Myanmar’s neighbours to optimise electricity consumption and production, and reduce damage to the environment and to society.

If we choose this sustainable path, we will mitigate the disastrous long-term impacts of fossil fuels and hydropower dams and mitigate an exponential growth in the country’s carbon emissions.

GOALS

"100% renewable power by 2050."
WWF’s research proves that by 2050 it is technically feasible to supply everyone in Myanmar with the electricity they need, with 100% of the energy coming from renewable sources. Hydropower from dams would not produce more than 14% of the total electricity, thereby keeping future hydro impacts in check.
"3.2 million jobs created."
In 2015 renewables were responsible for about 7.7 million jobs globally. They offer 3-4 times more job opportunities compared to fossil fuel technologies - in areas ranging from manufacturing, construction, operations and maintenance. This would bolster Myanmar’s development and support the country’s economic growth.
"75 million tons of carbon emissions per year avoided."
Climate change is already happening: Across the Greater Mekong Sub-region, temperatures are rising and have risen by 0.5 to 1.5ºC in the past 50 years. While rainy seasons may reduce over parts of the region, overall rainfall is expected to rise. This means more intense rain events will occur. To avoid even more devastating consequences, scientists and over 100 countries agree that we must keep global warming below 1.5°C. To do that, global greenhouse gas emissions need to be cut by at least 80 per cent globally by 2050 and even further beyond that date. The Sustainable Energy Scenario will avoid around 75 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year compared to the Business as Usual scenario, which utilises primarily coal and hydropower

Milestones

December 2016
Consulted to 10+ ministries, 20+ CSOs, 2 parliamentary committees, 1000+ audience
February 2017
Presented to State Counsellor
March 2017
Officially released in Earth Hour
February 2018
Submitted follow up report to the State Counselor
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