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Asia’s Net-zero Transition Outlook 2050: Opportunities and Challenges

Accelerating the net-zero transition across Asia would ensure improved energy security and various economic gains, including cheaper energy, reduced fossil fuel subsidies, green jobs, reduced climate change costs and more. 

Hydropower Reliance Is Risky for Asia

Scientists and experts warn that hydropower over-reliance can expose Asian countries to economic, environmental, social and energy security risks. However, hydropower can unlock various gains in a solar and wind-led energy transition.

What Are Carbon Credits and How Do They Work?

Carbon credits are an essential tool for decarbonisation. They allow governments to cap sector-wide emissions and incentivise private investment in green technologies. Careful management of credits is crucial for their long-term positive impact.

2024 India General Elections – Opportunity to Advance Sustainable and Resilient Agri-food Transition [Op-Ed]

Dr Roopam Shukla, Assistant Professor at the Centre of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation and Management at the Indian Institute of Technology, shares his opinion on the opportunities of India's 2024 general elections, which present a pivotal moment for local leaders and policymakers to elevate the discourse on how sustainable and resilient farming practices are essential for the future of India’s agriculture sector.

Revisiting the Narrative of Indonesia’s Energy Transition in the Prabowo-Gibran Era [Op-Ed]

The official announcement of Prabowo Subianto-Gibran Rakabuming Raka as Indonesia's President and Vice President for 2024-2029 will shape the country's energy transition policy future. Central to this is gauging their alignment with national climate goals and strategising how the administration will tackle energy transition hurdles over the next five years.

Environmental Pollution in Japan – Impacts and Future

Pollution is a global issue that all countries are working to tackle, and Japan is no different. Japan has a long history of pollution-related health impacts and subsequent regulatory reforms. However, ongoing pollution is still a significant concern that needs to be addressed.

Japanese Banks Pour Billions Into Fossil Fuel Industry

Analysts warn that the continued fossil fuel support from the Japanese financial industry, showcased by the actions of various banks, insurance companies, asset owners and asset managers, is enabled by loose policies or loopholes. Fixing them is critical for addressing the climate crisis.

India’s 2024 Election and the Role of Renewable Energy – Podcast

We speak with Sunil Dahiya, at the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) about renewable energy and the Indian election 2024.

Carbon Capture vs Renewable Energy

The economic and decarbonisation deficiencies, combined with the health and environmental risks, cement CCUS's role as a complementary technology, mainly in hard-to-abate sectors, not a wildcard to perpetuate fossil fuel use.

Fossil Fuels Dominate Japan Energy Sources

Japan sources the overwhelming majority of its energy and electricity from fossil fuels. However, the country's domestic fossil fuel reserves are minimal. As a result, Japan imports most of its energy, placing its energy security in a precarious position.

India’s Water Crisis Ahead of 1.5 Degree Warming World: A Portent of Disaster to Come [Op-Ed]

Addressing the ramifications of the crisis and the necessity for a comprehensive strategy for India’s water resource management is crucial for a scorching summer ahead. Can political parties make this an election agenda?

The Environmental and Climate Impacts of False Solutions on Japan

Japan is the leading proponent of the mass adoption of ammonia co-firing and CCS technologies for power generation domestically and across Asia. However, scientists warn that such steps will not only fail to reduce emissions but could also result in adverse impacts, including air pollution, water contamination and ecosystem degradation.

Solar Energy in Japan: Room For Growth

Solar energy is Japan's most used renewable energy source, yet it still makes up a small portion of its total energy mix. This will need to dramatically increase for Japan to stay aligned with its renewable energy and decarbonisation goals.

Energy Economics Show Renewable Energy Generation Is Less Capex Intensive Than Fossil Fuels

Renewable energy for the power sector keeps getting cheaper to build and operate. However, much of the Asia-Pacific region is still building out natural gas infrastructure. The region needs to pivot if it wants to reach its net-zero goals.

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