In November 2005, an Intergovernmental Collaborative Mechanism on Energy Cooperation in North-East Asia (ICM-ECNEA) was established by the first session of the Senior Officials Committee on Energy Cooperation in North-East Asia hosted by the Ministry of Fuel and Energy of Mongolia with the Vision “By 2020, improved energy security in North-East Asia through energy cooperation in a sustainable manner”.
To achieve this vision the following objectives were identified for ECNEA:
• To increase the supply of energy in the North-East Asian subregion, lessening its dependence on energy imports from outside the subregion;
• To optimize the economy and efficiency of the supply and use of energy;
• To minimize the environmental impact of energy production and consumption through an improved energy mix and greater energy efficiency
Under this Mechanism, two working groups were established to plan and implement specific activities and research:
Working Group on Energy Policy and Planning (since 2005) works to facilitate coordination of the energy security policies and legislation among countries of North-East Asia (by 2020) as well as the integration of the energy security into national sustainable development strategies in line with global trends.
Working Group on Coal (since 2009) works to promote subregional cooperation on production and utilization of coal in an environmentally sustainable manner and to facilitate the cross-border trade of coal resources, coal products and electricity generated from coal and the exchange of clean coal technologies in North-East Asia.
In 2010, the Five-Year Strategy to implement Intergovernmental Collaborative Mechanism on ECNEA was adopted by the SOC to guide the implementation of the Mechanism over the period of 2010-2014.