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Effective energy efficiency policy implementation targeting “new Modern Energy CONsumers” in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (MECON)


Principal Investigator: Gabrial Anandarajah
Duration of the project: June 2013-May 2015
Amount of the grant: £556k

Project partners:
Dr. Milou Beerepoot, Joint graduate School of Energy and Environment (JGSEE), Thailand
Dr. Pham Hoang luong, Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), Vietnam
Dr. Sok Kunthy, Royal University of Agriculture (RUA), Cambodia
Mr. Aung Thet Paing, Myanmar Engineering Society (MES), Myanmar
Dr. Khamphone Nanthavong, National University Of Laos (NUOL), Laos

Energy efficiency improvements offer multiple benefits, such as reduced household energy expenditure and improved productivity, thus contributing to economic growth. MECON aims to improve our understanding of the opportunities and barriers to increasing EE amongst new modern energy consumers in the GMS. The research will establish a robust evidence base on energy use, EE technologies and policies in the region and will focus on the energy resources and technologies that are used by new modern energy consumers, including household electricity use for lighting, heating, cooling, and appliances, as well as fuels for cooking and personal transport, such as motorbikes. The research will contribute to knowledge on the design and implementation of EE policy by looking at the opportunities and barriers from technological, socio-economic and institutional perspectives. In so doing, MECON will contribute to higher income levels for new modern energy consumers, since reduced household expenditures on energy through enhanced EE will enable these consumers to focus on other needs.


Gabrial Anandarajah

Julia Tomei


Several research reports will be published in addition to journal papers and conference presentations.


The development and potential widespread adoption of energy efficiency strategies targeted at “new modern energy consumers” presents significant opportunities for the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS); however, there are also significant challenges that must be overcome if this potential is to be realised. This project will provide a robust evidence base for decision-makers, in government, the private sector and NGOs - to realise enhanced energy efficiency by new modern energy consumers and will thereby help this target group to free up funds for other priorities.

GMS governments will gain new insights into realising energy efficiency targeted at new modern energy consumers by addressing the opportunities and challenges in a holistic manner, incorporating technological, socio-economic and institutional conditions.

New modern energy consumers will benefit from insights gained by GMS policy makers, leading to energy efficiency policies that are specifically aimed at this target group.

Our strategy for maximising the impact from research. We will engage stakeholders throughout the project, through participation in the stakeholder consultations in each of the GMS countries and the stakeholder consultation workshops in each of the GMS countries. This will enable two-way communication and learning, so that stakeholders learn about our findings and work, while we identify stakeholder priorities and needs.


Joint graduate School of Energy and Environment (JGSEE)

Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST)

Royal University of Agriculture (RUA)

Myanmar Engineering Society (MES)

National University Of Laos (NUOL)