Opinion Pieces

Australia’s CCS Expansion Poses More Risks

Australia is encouraging oil and gas companies to create CCS ventures; they are also paying them to do so with the issue of Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) backed by the Australian government. The addition of CCS will lead to a net increase in GHG emissions, putting the world at risk of failing to meet CO2 reduction targets consistent with the Paris Climate Agreement’s aim of keeping the rise in global average temperatures to 1.5°C.

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.

Why K-pop Fans Are Taking on the World of Luxury Fashion

The issue of climate commitments in the luxury fashion industry is complex, as there are significant gaps in data available - with many luxury brands not disclosing their global supply chains, making it impossible to see the full scale of the issue. Luxury fashion houses have the power, social capital and assets to make meaningful climate commitments. For change to occur in the world of luxury fashion, it will have to start from the top.

Tata Power: Pioneering India’s Sustainable Energy Future

As one of the world's fastest-growing economies, India must take a leading role in embracing clean energy solutions to ensure a healthier future for its citizens and the planet. India’s energy transition requires mobilising significant financing from global capital providers, and Tata Power offers cues into how to do that effectively.

Taking to the Streets of Jakarta, K-pop Fans Call Out Hyundai’s Greenwashing

KPop4Planet launched the "Hyundai, Drop Coal" campaign to call for Hyundai to live by its commitment to achieving net zero by 2045.

Proposed Expansion of Gas Power in Asia Poses Climate and Economic Risks [Op-Ed]

Over 60% of global gas-fired capacity in development is based in Asia, with over half of this capacity concentrated in East and Southeast Asia. Rising costs saw around 81GW of previously planned capacity was cancelled between 2022-2023. There is still time to halt or limit the gas expansion in Asia, as around 70% of the gas-fired capacity is still in the announcement and pre-construction stages.

Africans Want Renewables, Not Fossil Fuel Funding from G7

With Japan’s leader touring Africa, pressure is growing on G7 nations to support clean energy development on the continent rather than oil and gas.

Indonesia Dances Around Taxonomies to Mobilise Capital for Its Coal Phaseout Programmes

Since Indonesia signed the US$20 billion Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) agreements late last year, the government has mobilised multiple workstreams to create policy structures to support the critical first stage of early coal retirement. However, more than mere tweaks to criteria for supporting early coal retirement may be required.

What Does an Ambitious Clean Energy Target Mean for Bangladesh?

Bangladesh’s existing power system can incorporate a significant amount of renewable energy, the country needs to invest steadily in clean energy to reach the 40% generation capacity goal. The economic competitiveness of renewable energy also makes it a favourable choice in the future. 

Contracting Debacles Underscore Long-term LNG Risks in the Philippines

Economic sustainability of LNG remains in doubt amid power deal issues and global price volatility says Sam Reynolds of IEEFA.

On a Quest to Make Music Streaming Greener, Kpop Fan Activists Gets One Major Company to Change Its Tune

Kpop4Planet, a fan-driven, grassroots climate group, targeted South Korea’s music streaming giants during their “Streaming, Heating, Melting” campaign to demand that companies move towards renewable energy sources.

SK E&S, K-Sure and Kexim Face Rising and Unquantified Risks With Their Backing of the Barossa Gas Project Off Northern Australia

The Export-Import Bank of Korea (Kexim) and the Korea Trade Insurance Corp (K-Sure) are risking Korean public money by financing SK E&S’ investment in the Barossa gas project off the coast of Northern Australia. The Korean government agencies funding and insuring the Barossa gas project face significant and mounting risks on two fronts – native title and climate-related risks.

Japan’s ‘Green Transformation’ Would Derail the Energy Transition in Asia

Japan stopped exporting dirty coal technologies last year following pressure from campaigners. However, its new Green Transformation strategy relies on the continued use of fossil fuel-based technologies, and the country plans to prolong fossil fuels across Southeast Asia by promoting carbon capture, gas and the co-firing of ammonia at coal power plants.

The Growing Burden of Climate, Water and Energy Crises on Women

women still find themselves in disproportionately disadvantaged positions compared to their male counterparts, particularly in rural Bangladesh and India. As countries strive for equal opportunities and to make the world a better place, they must accelerate efforts for clean solutions.

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