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Flood Risk In Asia

Without urgent and deep emissions cuts, scientists warn that Asia will experience a substantial increase in projected rainfall and flood risk. However, these projections aren’t just a distant scenario but a harsh reality for many Asians today.

Indonesia to Experience a Green Jobs Boom, But Policy Changes Integral

Indonesia has ambitious plans for its green technology sector. However, to capitalise on the opportunities ahead, the country needs to make the industry more welcoming and lure its youth and experienced workforce to pursue green jobs.

Addressing Captive Coal Power Crucial to the Decarbonisation of Indonesia

According to a joint report by CREA and Global Energy Monitor, future emissions from Indonesia’s captive coal plants are a major threat that must be considered within the planned use of the USD 20 billion Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) funding.

The Impact on Japan as President Biden Halts LNG Exports From New Plants

While President Biden’s decision doesn’t threaten energy security and short-term deliveries, it is yet another nail in the coffin of the theory that natural gas is the reliable “bridge fuel” the world needs.

Climate Change Litigation in Australia: Companies Could Get Three-year Pass

Climate change litigation has taken centre stage again in Australia. The country's Treasury is considering a new proposal limiting climate-related litigation against companies for three years. However, is this the best way forward? The country remains one of the worst polluters on the planet.

Future of Renewable Energy in the World: Massive Growth Expected

IEA notes that almost all new clean energy capacity added in 2023 had lower generation costs than new coal and gas plants, and 75% of new solar and wind plants offered cheaper power than existing fossil fuel facilities.

Indonesia Energy Transition Outlook 2024: In Light of the JETP

Whoever holds power after Indonesia’s February elections has a chance to alter the country's future. Projects, like increased coal and gas capacity and expensive, untested technologies, should remain on paper, while solar and wind must become the priority.

Azerbaijan to Host COP29 in 2024: What to Expect

The initial signs are that COP29 might be yet another conference where fossil fuel producers act in concert to stall global progress. However, Azerbaijan has the unique opportunity to do what no previous conference host has: increase financing for the most vulnerable ones to the needed levels, accelerate the phaseout of coal and urge for more ambitious emissions reduction targets.

Renewable Energy Growth and Plunging Costs Make the COP28 Target Possible

While the world remains off track in reducing fossil fuel emissions and limiting temperature rise to 1.5°C, the momentum behind renewable energy technologies is aiding the shift towards a cleaner and more sustainable energy system. 

How COP28 Failed to Deliver on the Climate Crisis

Despite all the efforts to paint COP28's final text as a success, the result of the conference is a vague and non-binding agreement allowing the fossil fuel lobby to continue doing business as usual. All that while frontline communities stand at risk due to the climate crisis.

COP28 Loss and Damage Fund: A Historical Win or a Distraction From the Real Problem?

Climate-vulnerable nations experienced the hottest year on record in 2023. While they were looking towards COP28 with hope, despite all the efforts to brand the Loss and Damage Fund as a success, the unclear funding distribution and insufficient pledges are disappointing.

COP28 Outcomes: A Detailed Analysis And Future Implications

COP28 has ended with several major milestone commitments, yet many experts remain wary. Questions about accountability and financing remain.

Japanese Automakers’ EV Plans Under the Spotlight

Toyota Chairman Akio Toyoda has used a dip in global EV sales to justify his anti-EV stance. However, there's more behind the scenes. The legendary car maker has fallen behind its global EV rivals and is challenged by environmental groups for negatively influencing Paris-aligned climate policy.

COP28 Targets Tripling Global Renewable Energy Capacity

COP28 is underway, and the target to triple renewable energy capacity by 2030 is the main headline. For the plans not to end up as another empty promise, global leaders should work to establish the needed regulations, investments, mechanisms for equal distribution and adequate progress monitoring processes.

Trade Day at COP28: Climate Action with a Business Mindset

Trade plays an integral role in global decarbonisation. COP28 is the first COP to make trade a focal point of the conference, with a day focused on its discussion. The public and private sectors had several high-level discussions and made critical initial commitments.

COP28 Climate Finance Day Nets USD 12.5 Billion in Pledges

Day five of the COP28 summit in Dubai started shaky, as reports broke over summit president Sultan Al Jaber’s earlier anti-fossil fuel phaseout comments. However, by the end of the day, significant progress had been made regarding climate change funding, setting the pace with at least 40 different financial pledges.

Japan Puts the G7 Climate Leadership at Risk

The fight against climate change started in Kyoto in 1997, with Japan at the helm. 25 years later, instead of leading it, Japan is stalling, and time is slipping away. This is having consequences for the world and the rest of the G7.

Southeast Asia Prefers Renewables, But Misplaced Fears of High Costs Delay Adoption

Southeast Asia has immense clean energy potential, and experts estimate that capitalising on it will unlock massive gains. With renewables being the cheapest source of new power in countries comprising two-thirds of the global population and responsible for 90% of electricity generation, switching to renewables will help Southeast Asian countries ease the burden of fossil fuel subsidies on their economies.

Wind Energy in Japan: Prospects, Benefits and Future

While Japan’s government increasingly considers wind energy a viable option, the progress is still sluggish. Accelerating it requires addressing various administrative burdens and introducing more ambitious policies.

COP28 Goals: Targeting a Climate-resilient Future

COP28 revolves around the themes of invigorating climate adaptation and finance, making the summit inclusive and supporting communities at the forefront of climate change impacts. COP28's goals support these ideas with targets for emissions reductions, developing stronger climate commitments, meeting previous obligations and placing agriculture at the centre of climate action. Meeting these goals will be a major milestone in the world's response to climate change.

IEA: Urgent and Joint Action Needed To Keep the 1.5°C Target Alive 

The IEA's latest report is clear: global leaders either take urgent and collective action now or miss the 1.5°C target.

COP28 Agenda: Blueprint for Inclusive Global Climate Action

COP28 will focus on the first Paris Agreement Global Stocktake and will use the moment to realign national commitments towards limiting warming to 1.5°C. The meeting's agenda primarily aims to reduce emissions, increase renewable energy capacity, develop the financial system to support this goal and make climate action inclusive to all stakeholders.

COP28 President and the UAE’s Lacklustre History on Climate Action

The United Arab Emirates is hosting COP28. The country's economy heavily depends on fossil fuels, and its choice for COP28 president has a long history in the industry. Will this impact the conference?

Taxation in Japan Jeopardises its Solar Sector

Japan has been grappling with how to decrease its disproportionate carbon emissions relative to its population of only 123 million people. Part of that solution includes developing solar power. However, there's a growing movement in more than 200 Japanese municipalities to levy prohibitive taxes on new solar power projects.

Battery Energy Storage Systems Development – ASEAN Members Fall Behind

Battery energy storage systems (BESS) are becoming an integral part of the global push to develop renewable energy sources to rein in carbon emissions from fossil fuel-based power projects. However, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc is falling behind in technology implementation due to a lack of awareness and policy initiatives.

COP28 UAE – Goals and Commitments

This year's COP meeting will be held in the United Arab Emirates. The COP28 president has announced major goals for the summit, focusing on speeding up the global energy transition and making this year's COP the most inclusive yet.

Breakthrough Agenda 2023: Cooperation Key to Advancing Clean Technologies

The clean energy transition is advancing but not at a pace adequate for a net-zero scenario. The Breakthrough Agenda Report 2023 recommends governments strengthen collaboration and ease regulatory burdens to accelerate clean technology deployment.

The Philippines’ Choice: Going Clean or Going With SMC

The Philippines has immense clean energy potential and has already witnessed the benefits of tapping into it. Whether the government continues in this direction will reveal if its priorities lay with the corporations or the public interest.

UN Climate Ambition Summit Sets Upcoming COP28 Agenda

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has pulled off an effective stroke of climate change diplomacy, upping the ante on major polluting countries and calling for more contributions and funds to poorer countries impacted unfairly by climate change. He also pressed for a coal-fired power generation phaseout and is already setting the climate agenda two months before the COP28 Summit in Dubai, UAE.

ASEAN Countries Need to Prioritise Renewable Energy Not Ammonia, Hydrogen and CCS

While Japan argues that its GX strategy can help countries accelerate their energy transition and ensure a reliable power supply, experts accuse the government of trying to export its fossil fuel lobby's interests. Southeast Asian countries shouldn’t be the ones paying the price.

The Environmental Issues Surrounding San Miguel Corporation Are Deterring Investors

In one way or another, SMC is a part of the daily life of many Filipinos and its actions have serious implications. Financiers and investors should be wary of this.

G20 Summit 2023 in India: Leaders Fail on Fossil Fuel Phase-out and Emissions Cuts

While the proposed tripling of renewable energy capacity is a positive step, the lack of any mention of fossil fuel phase-out or concrete emission reduction targets is disappointing. Yet, both are indispensable for achieving the Paris Agreement targets.

Japan’s Energy Policy Is Turning It Into the World’s Climate Villain 

Japan is quickly becoming the odd one at the table of the G7 regarding climate policies. Scientists, analysts and environmental and societal groups see it as the culprit of climate change inaction. It is time for Japanese governmental and corporate leadership to change that perception.

The LNG Plans For Samsung’s New Megaproject Threaten Its Reputation

Today, Samsung is far from being a climate leader - neither in terms of current progress nor when it comes to pledges. However, the company has all the means to become one. Advocating for more renewables and less fossil fuels in South Korea's climate policies is a crucial first step.

Southeast Asia’s New Gas Projects Hit Record High, Report Shows

Southeast Asia is ramping up investment in new natural gas fields. However, this new gas emits even more CO2 emissions when used for the region's power sector. Renewables offer both a cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternative.

Japan’s Carbon Capture Investments in Australia Pose Significant Financial Risk

Japan continues to fund carbon capture projects in Australia despite lacklustre results and high costs resulting in mounting financial losses.

Climate Change in South Korea: Floods, Heat and Looking Away

South Korea's strategy to address climate change's impacts is reactive, not proactive, while its newly adopted policies and upcoming plans continue to undermine renewables.

Heatwaves in 2023: A Glimpse Into the Future of Climate Change

The G20 Summit, the UN Climate Ambition Summit and COP28 are just some of the opportunities to seal the fate of fossil fuels.

The G20 Energy Transitions Working Group: A Wasted Opportunity For Progress

The G20 ETWG became the latest conference that failed to produce meaningful fossil fuel phaseout progress.

Shell Pushes LNG Agenda and Backtracks on Sustainability

Oil and gas major Shell has decided to place profits over sustainability, backpedalling from previous commitments to rein in its carbon emissions. Governments must find ways to regulate these fossil fuel-producing giants.

Renewable Energy Investing Needs in 2023

The clean energy transition needs private capital that works in concert with favourable policies, regulations, decarbonisation goals and green capital market development.

COP28: Qatari and US LNG Uptick To Throw Climate Goals Into Chaos

COP28 Dubai could be jeopardised by massive new LNG investment by Qatar and the US as the world attempts to move away from fossil fuels.

Bangladesh’s Energy Needs and a Fair and Just Energy Transition

The switch towards renewable energy will not be the main threat to Bangladeshis' jobs and well-being. It's climate change.

The Biggest Renewable Energy Market Jump in 2023 and 2024

The IEA's June 2023 Renewable Energy Market Update forecasts an unprecedented wind and solar power boom globally.

Solar Energy Investment is Expected to Overtake Oil Production For the First Time

While investments in fossil fuels are slowing down, the IEA's World Energy Investment Report 2023 says they remain way above the levels needed to reach net-zero by 2050.

Vietnam Has Approved the PDP8: What Comes Next?

The approval of the PDP8 is finally here. While not without its potential flaws, the plan allows Vietnam to start leaping towards its net-zero by 2050 target – a moment that energy investors have long been waiting for.

MHI Greenwashing Tactics Demand Closer Scrutiny

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is pushing its net-zero emissions by 2040 pledge at full force. But, its strategy includes relying on gas-fired power projects, questionable carbon capture technology and profiting as a major carbon credit broker. These tactics demand closer media scrutiny and overall environmental monitoring.

European Green Deal: What Asia Can Learn

Following the shining example of EU member states and designing policies similar to the European Green Deal can help developing Asia build a more resilient, sustainable and cost-efficient energy system.

Taiwan’s LNG Development Overpowers Its Renewables Ambitions

The Taiwanese government has earmarked some USD 32 billion for renewables, hydrogen and carbon capture and storage (CCS) investments to move the country’s energy development in the right direction. However, it also continues a major liquefied natural gas (LNG) build-out as part of its long-term energy mix strategy, putting the country in an energy supply and climate mitigation quandary.

G7 Gas Move a Likely Nod to US and Japanese Interests

The G7 just concluded its meeting in Hiroshima. The group made several decisions impacting the global energy sector, including further reliance on coal-fired power projects and a problematic call to continue gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) investment. These decisions come in light of long-term US and Japanese gas interests and development.

Natural Gas Forecast 2023: Demand in Asia to Bounce Back

While natural gas prices are expected to remain low, they would still be above their historical averages. As a result, Asian countries' imports would still be costly, even in an ideal world without any market volatility.

Thailand’s LNG Development Is Not The Way Forward For Its Energy Sector

Thailand is one of the few Asian countries ramping up LNG procurement as prices for the fuel dip. This comes as it needs gas to drive a post-COVID economic recovery. However, lower prices are only part of the story. The other part is that Thailand is a natural gas-based economy.

The G7’s Responsibility to Help Bangladesh and Other Climate-affected Countries

At the approaching 2023 G7 meeting, the world expects global leaders to address the elephant in the room: fossil fuel phase-out. The G7 must set an example and develop a unified vision to help address climate change – an issue heavily impacting developing nations.

Renewable Energy Projects in the Philippines: 100% Foreign Ownership Authorised

The Philippines' drive to ramp up its renewable energy sector is a step in the right direction. However, it needs even more renewable energy development and investment. The government must also make a net zero by 2050 pledge to catch up to its regional neighbours.

The Renewable Energy Policy in Vietnam Risks Deterring Investors

Maintaining a healthy ongoing dialogue with clean energy investors and project developers is critical if Vietnam is to get back on track and continue stunning the world with its renewable energy progress.

Energy Security in Bangladesh is Threatened by Fossil Fuels 

The fossil fuel dependence of Bangladesh has significantly impacted its economy. The country should no longer bear the exorbitant power costs and unreliable supply, especially when better, cleaner and cheaper options exist.

Japan’s Ammonia Plans Threaten the Carbon Emissions Reduction of Southeast Asia

Aside from a few positive outcomes, the G7 ministerial meeting ended disappointingly due to a final communique with vague wording and weak commitments. This sets the stage for Japan to continue doing business as usual.

How the Unreliability and Unpredictability of Fossil Fuels Hurt Bangladesh

Bangladesh has suffered enough from fossil fuel import dependence and has experienced first-hand how the dirtiest fuels affect the climate. However, thanks to its clean energy potential, the country holds the keys to an independent and sustainable future.

G7 Summit 2023: What to Expect

Japan is hosting the G7 summit for 2023 in Hiroshima. It will be a pivotal meeting for climate action as Japan continues to fall out of step with fellow G7 nations. Will Japan use its presidency to continue this trend or make changes?

The Electricity Sector in Bangladesh: What Comes Next?

Transitioning the power sector in Bangladesh towards renewable energy would unlock massive benefits for the country, its economy and society.

New WMO Report: The Extreme Weather Events Impacting the World

The new report showed that climate change's impacts are being felt across the globe with no signs of slowing down.

Taiwan’s Tech Giant TSMC’s Net Zero Pathway Falls Short

Giant chipmaker TSMC is facing a backlash over its enormous fossil fuel usage and carbon emissions, even as much of the global tech sector cleans up its carbon footprint.

Japan’s ‘Green Transformation’ (GX) Is Stacked With Fossil Fuel-based Technology

Japan is promoting its green energy transformation, but it's a false narrative since it still includes liquefied natural gas (LNG), coal and fossil fuel-based technology. Japan must also quickly set forth a formal coal reduction and elimination plan before it hosts the next G7 meeting in May.

Fossil Fuel Imports Risk Japan’s Energy Security

Japan has low domestic fossil fuel production yet relies on fossil fuels for most of its energy. High dependence on foreign imports is creating energy security concerns. However, Japan remains seemingly uncommitted to completely phasing out fossil fuels, lagging behind other G7 nations.

G7 Ministers’ Meeting 2023: What Is the Desired Outcome?

The G7 Climate and Energy Ministerial Meeting is shaping up to be a roadshow for Japan's questionable technologies. If the world is to stand a chance in limiting climate change to 1.5°C, the G7 reject the proposals, speed up coal phase-out and limit gas investments.

Malaysia’s Energy Transition: Challenges and Opportunities

Malaysia has great potential for clean energy alternatives like solar and hydropower. On paper, its energy transition is already mapped out. The question is whether it will follow this path or lock itself into a future of fossil fuel energy dependence.

Cost and Viability Plague Carbon Capture and Storage in the Power Sector

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is being pushed as a decarbonisation pathway for the power sector. However, all commercial-scale CCS projects paired with thermal power plants have underperformed, and costs are prohibitively high. Alternatively, wind and solar are both proven, cost-efficient technologies. Investors and decision-makers need to refocus their efforts on transitioning away from fossil fuels.

Wind Energy in Vietnam – Opportunities and Potential

Vietnam has already established itself as one of the world's most notable clean energy success stories. However, to retain that crown, the country needs to incentivise foreign financiers.

Japan-Vietnam Energy Relations: Opportunities and Risks

Vietnam needs a partner that will prioritise its decarbonisation and access to affordable and ready-to-be deployed solutions to make the most of its clean energy potential. It doesn't need to be pushed towards distracting technologies with questionable decarbonisation credentials. The approach that Japan will take in its cooperation remains to be seen.

The Future of Earth is at Risk: Thanks to Climate Change

The last IPCC report for the next few years gives a sobering assessment that the world is running out of time to tame the climate crisis. However, it also notes that the solutions are there for the taking.

The IEA’s Global Methane Tracker 2023: Methane Emissions Reduction No Longer Complicated or Expensive

The IEA's latest report, which includes valuable recommendations and an actionable roadmap for curbing methane emissions. It proves that the oil and gas industry and governments now have all the means to start working on methane emissions reduction.

The Future of Natural Gas In Asia

A recent ERIA-backed workshop calls for more natural gas usage in Asia until at least 2050. However, energy economics, long-term economic stability and climate mitigation dynamics throw doubt on those conclusions.

Asia’s Role in the Russia-Ukraine War: One Year Later

A little over a year after the start of the war in Ukraine, CREA's data reveals that countries continue actively buying Russian fossil fuels, with Asian nations among the leading contributors to Russia's state budget.

Energy Transition Technologies: Deficiencies of the Japan-led Guidelines

Recent guidelines on transition technologies for Asia, influenced by Japanese energy policies, promote CCUS and ammonia co-firing in the power sector. As a result, they risk derailing the decarbonisation efforts of SEA countries and the financing institutions investing in transition technologies.

China’s Fossil Fuel Addiction and the Green Transition

China's renewables development leads the world by a more than a two-to-one ratio, but its fossil fuel usage still accounts for more than 50% of its power production needs, creating the world’s highest GHG emissions.

Greenwashing Ads: Fossil Fuel Giants Dominate Social Media

Social media platforms are proving the perfect environment for the oil and gas industry to run greenwashing campaigns. Without swift and adequate action, tech companies risk becoming complicit partners in delaying and derailing necessary climate action.

Driving Change: The Story of Electric Vehicles in Indonesia

The EV transition is taking the world by storm. While emerging markets remain the last bastion of legacy automakers, they will soon also embrace the transport industry's electrification. And Indonesia promises to be among the best examples of the EV revolution.

Japan’s Hydrogen Plans: A Closer Look

Japan is basing much of its 2050 net-zero goals on hydrogen development without clearly defining what it considers "clean hydrogen". As such, its hydrogen plans mostly rely on blue hydrogen, which still involves burning fossil fuels.

Global LNG Outlook 2023: Is There a Future for LNG?

Global LNG markets will remain volatile for the rest of the decade, negatively impacting Southeast Asia. The region's carbon emissions-intensive gas-to-power build-out exacerbates the problem. With a myriad of problems from LNG and gas-to-power usage, energy economics dictate that renewables development is the best path for Southeast Asia.

Japanese Technology Expansion: Southeast Asia Pays the Price

This year's G7 meeting, which Japan will chair, remains an important moment for its international credibility in the battle against the climate crisis.

Companies’ Climate Pledges: A New Report Unveils the Reality

While no company is perfect, there are clear leaders that others should strive to follow. In the end, decarbonisation should be a common goal that can only succeed through collective efforts. And there is no sector better positioned to lead the global efforts in addressing climate change than the tech industry.

Go Clean ICBC: Fossil Fuels Continue to Dominate the Investments of Chinese Banks

China and its state and privately owned banks' continued support for coal projects are the main lifeline for the dirtiest fuel. However, with global decarbonisation efforts underway, supporting projects like these can also bear massive financial and reputational risks.

Bangladesh Grapples With Adani Over One-sided Power Deal

Bangladesh finds itself in an expensive coal-fired power plant deal with Adani. Not only is the deal not in the best interests of Bangladesh, it needs to be replaced by cleaner and cheaper renewables development.

South Korea’s Energy Mix and Its 10th Basic Energy Plan

South Korea's decarbonisation progress so far makes hitting its 2030 and 2050 targets unrealistic. In its current form, the 10th Basic Energy Plan that will come into force this year is unlikely to change that. The country needs more ambitious renewable energy targets, a sentiment also echoed by South Korea's biggest businesses.

Clean Energy Technologies 2023: Opportunities and Risks of the New Energy Economy

The clean energy revolution is well and truly underway and, China alone won't be able to satisfy the demand for renewable energy technologies. At the same time, investors are hungry for investments. By shaping carefully crafted industrial strategies and welcoming regulatory policies, Asian countries can position themselves for sustainable growth while decarbonising their economies.

The Global Cooksafe Coalition and the Mission to Accelerate the Switch From Gas to Sustainable Cooking

Cooking with gas is associated with health, climate and financial concerns. The mission of the Global Cooksafe Coalition is to help households worldwide overcome them by transitioning to electric and induction cooking.

Climate Change In South Asia and the Reality of Loss and Damage

Climate change has taken a hefty toll on South Asia in 2022. While the sub-continent has always been prone to extreme weather events, the past year was especially dramatic.

Gas Demand Destruction to Give Way to More Renewable Energy Development

The cost of the LNG used for power production and the industrial sector could be devising in its own downfall due to gas demand destruction.

The Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy For Asian Countries

At a time of soaring inflation, exorbitant fossil fuel prices, unreliable power supplies and a never-ending energy crisis, Asian countries should start considering the economic benefits of renewable energy.

COP27 Egypt and the Outlook For Natural Gas in Asia

COP27 has shown that while gas won't be going away soon, its faith is already determined. And Asian countries should be aware of that.

High Energy Prices Wreak Havoc on Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi and Pakistani Economies

Before Russia’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan had set their hopes on LNG to diversify their respective power generation mixes away from an overreliance on coal. However, record high LNG prices in the Asia-Pacific region, for both spot procurement and LNG indexed to crude oil, have wreaked havoc on these countries.

Global Inflation 2022: The Culprit – Fossil Fuel Prices

Aside from taking a toll on the climate and the environment, fossil fuels are also bearing massive financial and economic risks, including stranded infrastructure, cascading inflation and unstable energy supplies.

Climate Negotiations Agenda at COP27 2022

Leaders at COP27 should look at climate change as a way to foster geopolitical stability and unite the disjointed world powers to overcome the energy, food and climate crises.

COP27 Priorities: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Mitigation is critical to minimise the risk of climate change's worst impacts, but failing to fund adaptation will take a toll on the most vulnerable. Both aspects should be priorities for COP27.

Climate Change Impacts Are Worsening in 2022 and COP27 and G20 Leaders Need to Respond

A new study reveals the massive proportion of climate disasters all across the world, proving that no country is safe from climate change's impacts. Climate financing for mitigation, adaptation and loss and damage should be central to the COP27 and G20 meeting agendas later this year.

Climate Change in Japan: The Role of Japanese Companies

Japanese companies can be a real driving force in the country’s decarbonisation journey. The government, on the other hand, has to set more ambitious targets. Only by working together can the state and the private sector accelerate Japan's net-zero transition.

The Transition to Clean Cooking: How to Replace Gas?

While gas has long been considered a clean cooking fuel, research shows that it can impact health. This, paired with the high gas prices, the global net-zero journey is making countries around the world look for alternatives. Induction and electric stoves can be the solution. And the renewable energy transition is starting to prove it.

Using Gas for Cooking in Asia: History, Drawbacks And Future

In the search for cheaper and cleaner cooking alternatives, countries across the world are replacing gas stoves with induction and electric appliances. While low and middle-income countries in Asia might find this shift challenging at first, the path forward is clear – dirty and expensive fuels will make way for cleaner and cheaper alternatives.

The Cost of Sustainability for Asia is Lower than the Benefits

As one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change, Asia has virtually nothing to lose from the looming energy transition. While investments are needed, the cost of sustainability is negligible compared to what the continent stands to gain.

The Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy for Asia: Crunching the Numbers

The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy in Asia will unleash massive economic benefits, including expanding the job market, ensuring steady GDP gains and hedging the unpredictable fossil fuel prices.

The Economic Cost of Climate Inaction for Asia

Climate inaction will not only cause environmental damage, but it will also lead to loss of livelihoods, as well as migration and direct economic costs. Countries have long been brushing the problem under the carpet. However, its consequences are now proving to be devastating, especially to the most vulnerable.

How to Avoid Greenwashing: A Guide for Sustainable Businesses and Marketing Leaders

Today, the public uses a microscope to look for the significant gaps between a firm's words and actions. And if these gaps are found, the reputational damage is often hard to recover from, since markets have long memories. However, business leaders hold their future in their own hands.

Financial Greenwashing: What is it and How Does It Happen?

Financial greenwashing threatens to derail the global decarbonisation journey by abusing investors' trust and channelling funds into instruments and projects with suboptimal impact against climate change.

The Latest PDP8 Vietnam Draft – Focus on Renewable Energy and a Drastic CO2 Emissions Reduction

The latest draft of the Vietnam PDP8 sends the positive signal that the country is no longer looking in the direction of fossil fuels. Instead, it is further diversifying its low-carbon power sources, planning for notable clean energy growth and a massive CO2 emission reduction.

China’s Coal Imports Drop and the Imminent Effect on Coal Exporters

China's latest decision to reduce coal imports has shocked countries like Australia. Yet, aside from the challenges there are opportunities.

The Japan Net-Zero Commitments: Ambitious and Honest or Unrealistic and Hypocritical

Japan should be at the forefront of the clean energy transition. While the country has made multiple pledges, its actions and meaningful results are still lacking.

Global Economic Recovery after COVID-19 Pandemic – What 2022 Holds for the Energy Market

We sit with experts and stakeholders from all parts of the energy market to discuss what 2021 taught us, how will the global economic recovery continue in 2022 and which will be the decisive factors for the energy market and climate finance in Asia going forward.

Pathway to Zero Emissions for Hard-To-Decarbonise Industries

Decarbonisation of hard-to-abate sectors will be among the most essential tools to empower the world's emission reduction targets. While the progress had so far been stalling and challenges remain, the opportunities for a rapid transformation of hard-to-decarbonise sectors are there for the taking.

Asia’s Role in Defining the Pace of Renewable Energy Transition

The talk about the renewable energy transition often revolves only around the need for new clean energy capacity to replace the existing global fossil fuel fleet. If the world is to maximize the results of its net-zero aspirations, the scope of the renewable energy transition dialogue and action should widen to also include critical aspects like the need for better policies, equal electricity access, reskilling, and more.

The Boom of Green Investments in Asia and the Reasons for the Investors’ Interest

As the next renewable energy powerhouse, Asia is a primary point of interest for many...

Will Indonesia’s New Government Support the Energy Transition?

Energy Insights speaks with Afu Utami on the Indonesian presidential election and the new government's energy policy and voters thoughts.

Indonesia’s Untapped Geothermal Energy Potential

Indonesia has the world's largest geothermal energy reserves. However, only a fraction of this energy is developed due to financial risks and environmental concerns. The Indonesian government is aiming to significantly scale up the country's geothermal energy capacity in the coming decade.

Wind Energy In Indonesia: Slow Growth, Promising Future

Indonesia has a significant potential for wind energy, yet the country only has two utility-scale wind farms running. This is primarily the result of high initial investment costs and a need for more supportive regulation for development. These policies must improve to help the country capitalise on its wind energy potential and meet its decarbonisation goals.

Solar Energy In Indonesia: Potential and Outlook

Indonesia has significant potential for solar energy. However, it has remained largely untapped. The country's 2030 and 2060 decarbonisation goals heavily rely on the industry's rapid expansion.

Climate Change in Indonesia: A Nation’s Response and Challenges

Climate change is a major concern for Indonesia. Its extensive coastline, tropical climate and low human development index scores are major risk factors. In response, the country has started implementing long-term climate goals and looking for international assistance in funding its programs.

The Difference Between Renewable And Non-renewable Sources of Energy

Renewable energy sources are gaining momentum in the global energy landscape and are expected to make up most of the new energy additions in the coming decades. Understanding how renewables differ from non-renewables is crucial to understanding this necessary transition.

Disadvantages of Non-renewable Energy Sources: A Global Challenge

The vast majority of the world's energy comes from fossil fuels. However, these non-renewable energy sources have disadvantages, ranging from economic volatility to direct environmental impacts. Renewables are an alternative that can overcome many of these challenges.

LNG’s Carbon Quandary is a Call for Reassessment in the Energy Transition [Op-Ed]

At COP28, the pivotal language to steer away from fossil fuels and achieve net zero by 2050 is a historic step on the right path. However, the communique also features a step backwards in acknowledging a role for transitional fuels in facilitating the energy transition and ensuring energy security. This calls for a reassessment of public and private sector policies to align with global net-zero objectives.

Top Wind Energy Companies in India 2024

India is aiming to triple its wind energy capacity by 2030. This will require significant growth within the wind sector and supportive government policies. The sector is on track to grow at an 8% compound annual growth rate over the next decade.

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