By: Heng Pheakdey
China is the largest foreign investor in Cambodia's energy sector where its multi-million-dollar investment is transforming the country's energy sector, helping to reduce reliance on foreign energy, increase the electrification rate and potentially reduce energy costs. However, Chinese-funded energy projects, particularly hydropower dams, have encountered widespread suspicion and harsh criticism for failing to meet international standards and for imposing social and environmental damage. Combining site visits, in-depth interviews and comprehensive desk research, this paper examines Cambodia's energy challenges and critically analyses China's controversial role in the energy sector using a sustainable development framework. The paper provides significant insight into the link between energy and sustainable development, and directly contributes to the formation of a sustainable energy policy for Cambodia. To read the full paper, click here.