Since 2007, the IEA and Thailand have co-operated on a number of successful joint projects on diverse energy topics including energy security, emergency preparedness, power generation, biofuels and technology. In October 2013, the IEA and the Ministry of Energy jointly launched the first World Energy Outlook Special Report on Southeast Asia.
In 2014, the IEA and the Thai Ministry of Energy formalised the partnership by signing a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Energy Cooperation, highlighting a set of joint achievements by the Ministry and the IEA over the previous seven years, and confirming the mutual interest to continue working together to meet energy security and sustainable development objectives. In addition to energy security and emergency response preparation, the MOU emphasizes co-operation on energy statistics and energy policies, among other matters. Thailand and the IEA are also working closely on power sector issues, including renewable energy development.
Since 2008, Thailand has also contributed to IEA activities, focusing on energy technologies. Under the auspices of the IEA International Low-Carbon Energy Technology Platform, Thailand and the IEA have organised several joint workshops focusing on biofuels and bioenergy. In addition, entities from Thailand have joined three IEA Implementing Agreements focusing on renewables (Photovoltaic Power Systems), coal-fired power generation (the Clean Coal Centre), and transport (Advanced Motor Fuels).