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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...

Why Is Renewable Energy Important?

Renewable energy has one of the most critical roles to play as the world feels the effects of climate change. It must replace fossil fuel infrastructure to reduce ongoing emissions and help countries build resilient energy grids.

India-Australia Free Trade Agreement’s True Impact on India’s Coal Imports

With the India-Australia bilateral trade agreement (IAFTA) coming into force, will coal from Australia really be 2.5% cheaper and entice India to up its imports?

The Impacts Of the Electricity Price Increase On Asian Countries

While the electricity price hikes across developing and developed Asian nations started in 2022, they are expected to extend into 2023. This risks impeding economic growth, fueling inflation and affecting the poorest the most. On the bright side, it is the perfect moment for a long-needed energy system overhaul.

Indonesia’s Coal Dependence and the New JETP

The launch of the JETP at the G20 summit in Bali last November offers new hope for Indonesia’s clean-energy transition. Under this deal, the G7 nations plus Denmark and Norway will mobilise USD 20 billion to support Indonesia’s decarbonisation efforts.

Big Oil Stalled Climate Action: What Now?

Big oil companies has known about climate change since at least the 1980s. Yet, it hasn't changed its business practices. Instead, it has worked to keep the knowledge secret and continued to promote fossil fuel use. Now, the world is suffering the consequences of long-term greenhouse gas production, and fossil fuel companies are generating record profits.

UAE Names Oil Chief as COP28 President: What to Expect

COP28 promises to be a historic conference where leaders can ensure that either the 1.5°C target will live to fight another day or become entirely out of reach. The dilemma will be decided at a conference chaired by an oil boss held in one of the leading oil-exporting countries. And while many analysts are sceptical, the UAE is uniquely positioned to use its influence to aid the energy transition.

Asia’s Lower LNG Demand in 2022 Highlights Challenges for Industry Growth

Asia has suffered a turbulent year in the global gas market. Unaffordable prices have stifled Asian demand, utility profits have waned, proposed import projects have stalled, and countries are grappling with a constant threat of fuel shortages and blackouts. Should prices remain volatile, importers may increasingly seek to minimise LNG consumption, hurting the LNG industry’s long-term growth prospects.

Facts About Gas Create A Divide In Its Future

Natural gas continues to be the centre of a global debate. Can it be a viable transition fuel? It is a flexible fuel that produces less carbon dioxide than coal and oil. However, it consists of methane and is not renewable. Understanding the facts about natural gas is critical in untangling this debate.

The Global Energy Crisis 2021-2023 and Political Upheaval: Could It Get Worse?

What started as a sharp post-pandemic rise in energy prices in mid-2020 has turned into a full-blown global energy crisis. How is this affecting the political stability of countries?

What Are Just Energy Transition Partnerships?

Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETPs) are a green financing mechanism that balance the transition to renewables and equitable change for local communities. While JETPs are a relatively new financing mechanism, they show the potential to make a significant impact in the next several decades. Uplifting local communities as part of the global energy transition will make lasting positive impacts.

Bangladesh Struggling with Pricey LNG

Bangladesh has placed much of its energy future on imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel its power sector. However, all bets for LNG are off now, given its high cost and supply issues. The best way forward for the South Asian nation is renewables development.

Vietnam’s Net-zero Plans Include One Major Problem: LNG

Vietnam has set a net-zero 2050 goal. The way forward includes a mix of renewable energy development and an eventual end to coal-fired power production. However, its plan to include liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a so-called "clean fuel" misses the mark.

Environmental Issues in Japan and Solutions

Japan is particularly susceptible to climate change impacts as an island nation that straddles climate regions. However, its emissions targets are relatively new, and there is little progress to show towards them. This is exacerbating several existing environmental impacts within the country.

Energy Crisis in the Philippines and Asia

With global LNG prices reaching unprecedented highs, several countries in Asia are now facing an energy price crisis. How is this affecting the people and how are governments responding?

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