Opinion Pieces

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?

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.

Can Asia and the Pacific Get on Track to Net Zero?

The window of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees is closing fast. Is Asia able to get back on track and inspire the globe?

A Push For Loss and Damage Finance at COP27

Loss and damage severely threaten the human rights of affected people, communities and future generations in vulnerable countries. Loss and damage is a climate justice issue. It is causing unprecedented human suffering around the world. This is a strong enough reason for developed countries to act, and COP27 will be the best stage to bring this to the forefront.

Top Concerns of Young Filipinos and How LNG Expansion Magnifies Them

The United Nations General Assembly declared that everyone has a right to a healthy environment. But with the country's LNG developments, the hope for a healthy future for young Filipinos, especially island-dwellers, is uncertain. A climate advocate speaks about why young Filipinos should oppose LNG projects in the country.

Germany, Japan Must Not Undermine G7 Commitment to End Fossil Fuel Finance

The G7 must show leadership to address several crises' facing energy and food security, climate and the Ukraine war. The G7 commitments must not be watered down with more empty promises.

China’s 14th Five-Year Energy Plan Signals a Step-down for Coal Power to Play a Supporting Role in Electricity Transition

China's electricity sector is undergoing a clean revolution driven by wind and solar. Yet its old energy system needs to be reconfigured to accommodate for this changing energy mix. The 14th Five-Year Energy Plan sets out to do just that.

Cutting Down Forests for Wood Pellets Is Considered Green

Why is cutting down forests to burn as wood pellets considered a renewable energy and carbon neutral practice by Asian governments and the EU?

Cost of Indonesia’s Downstream Coal Projects Underestimated: IEEFA

The costs of Indonesia's coal projects and coal gasification projects remain marred with government subsidies that distort actual costs.

South Korea Needs Leadership and Unity to Tackle Climate Change

South Korean president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol's climate change and clean energy policies leave much to be desired despite net-zero pledges.

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 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.

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.

COP26 – With No Financing to Go Around, Cancelling All New Coal Power Plant is a Practical Move for Host Countries

China’s recent pledge solidifies a global financial trend away from coal, as several private and governmental institutions, most notably from Japan and South Korea followed by all G20 countries, have made similar announcements. Recent announcements at the COP26 climate talks from national governments also raises questions about the future of new coal plants. With several countries pledging to phase-out coal in 2040 – or the equivalent conditional on financial support – building new coal capacity will be incompatible with these carbon neutral pledges and other climate commitments.

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