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Oil and Gas Sector: The Prospects of a Transition Fuel

The oil and gas sector has a critical role to play in the energy transition. They are the most well-positioned to develop and deploy large scale renewable energy infrastructure. Asian financiers, like the ADB and AIIB, have stated that they will support this transition by no longer funding coal and oil projects. Yet, they will continue to fund natural gas, as many see it as a transition fuel while renewable energy capacity increases.

Amazon Deforestation: The Cut The Fashion Industry Doesn’t Want You To See

Leather from the Amazon deforestation doesn’t look good on anyone, and brands have nowhere to hide.

The Greenpeace Report and the Mission to Decarbonise Asia’s Tech Industry

In the wake of the "Race to Green" report by Greenpeace, we examine why is the tech industry in Asia lagging behind its global peers in terms of climate action and commitments. The problem is notable not only on the corporate level, but also for the whole region.

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 Role of Coal in China’s Path to Net-Zero Emissions

China has publicly made their target to be net-zero emissions by 2060. In support of this goal, they have made significant strides in increasing their renewable energy capacity. Yet, at the same time, coal consumption has continued to rise. Without reducing coal consumption, achieving a net-zero economy is nearly impossible.

Case Study: Tsingshan Industrial Parks in Indonesia Post-China’s Coal Pledge

In light of the no-coal-power-overseas pledge by China’s President Xi Jinping and Indonesia’s commitment to no new coal power in the recent COP26, the industrial parks fueled by captive coal power in Indonesia, developed by China, face challenges and their future is dotted with question marks.

Natural Gas Outlook and Key Trends in Southeast Asia

Natural gas use in Southeast Asia will increase significantly over the next several decades. This is being fueled by governments and lenders alike. While this is a viable immediate alternative to coal and oil, it is not a long-term solution. Southeast Asian countries must continue working towards developing a robust renewable energy system.

Oil Majors Spend More on Spin, Less on “Green Hydrogen”

Several oil companies have stated goals to reduce their emissions. Often a key piece of this plan focuses on increasing natural gas production and investing in hydrogen energy. Unfortunately, there are many types of hydrogen energy and only one type is sustainable - green hydrogen. Currently, green hydrogen only accounts for a fraction of total hydrogen production.

The Spotlight on the Asia-Pacific’s Energy Transitioning to Net-Zero Emissions

Clean energy executive, analyst, and author Joseph Jacobelli argues that the Asia Pacific region has unique features when it comes to the electricity transition to Net Zero Emissions (NTZ). He thinks that the shift from polluting fossil fuels to green and sustainable energy sources will be the biggest in the world, that capital spending will eclipse all other regions, and that some power markets will lead while others will lag.

Solar Homes: The ‘Mini Power Stations’ Popping Up Across India

The prospect of solar was first discussed in 1961-66 signifying India’s consciousness for reducing carbon footprint. Since then a total of 60 cities have been selected across the country for solarisation with the primary objective of decreasing the projected demand of conventional energy and motivating local governments to adopt renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures.

Oil and Gas in India: What is the Way Forward?

Oil and gas play a major part of India's energy mix. Unfortunately, India remains focused on the sector, and is making substantial investment towards natural gas in the coming decades. This move remains at odds with global emissions targets and puts India at risk of missing the economic benefits of renewable energy development.

COP26: How Lack of Climate Finance Derails Coal Phase-out Agenda

The chaos around the last-minute change in the coal declaration by India, China and South Africa at COP26 has certainly made it harder to reach the 1.5-degree target. At the Glasgow UN climate summit, nations pledged to phase-out coal, reduce methane, end deforestation and support the energy transition, etc. With the USD 100 billion pledge of climate finance still not being fulfilled, small and developing countries called for climate justice. Many nations now plan to revisit their commitment by the end of 2022.

COP26: The Glasgow Climate Pact Has Been Adopted

China, India, EU, US undermine global fossil-fuel phaseout pledge, as rich nations refuse climate crisis support for poorest.

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