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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.

Wind Energy in Malaysia – Potential for Growth

Malaysia has limited capacity for wind energy due to geographic and climate factors. As a result, the country's renewable energy programs primarily focus on solar and hydropower. However, wind energy can be useful in select regions with higher than average wind energy capacity.

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.

Solar Energy in Malaysia: A Bright Future or Dim Prospect?

Malaysia's renewable energy targets heavily rely on expanding its solar energy capacity. Meanwhile, the country is ideally located for large-scale solar adoption. However, government policies still need improvement, and significantly more investment is required to facilitate this transition.

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.

A Bumpy Road Ahead for Malaysia’s Net-zero 2050 Ambitions

With diminishing oil and gas resources, costly fossil fuel subsidies and rising sea levels and temperatures, the pressure is on for Malaysia to pursue its net-zero 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.

Natural Gas Rules in the Philippines Ignore High Costs and Economic Consequences [Op-Ed]

The Philippines' Department of Energy’s draft proposes electric utilities procure an unspecified share of gas and LNG power. While some gas may be needed to operate its existing fleet, an expansion of LNG is not aligned with energy security and affordability goals.

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.

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