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China’s Coal Imports Drop and the Imminent Effect on Coal Exporters

China's latest decision to reduce coal imports has shocked countries like Australia. Yet, aside from the challenges there are opportunities.

Debunking Net-Zero in Asia: Is It Even Possible?

Net-zero by 2050 in Asia is the desirable scenario, but, judging by the current progress,...

China’s Growing LNG Dependence – Is Increasing Imports the Solution?

In 2021 China became the world's largest LNG importer. This was in response to growing energy demands for economic growth, volatile energy costs, and lower than expected domestic generation. Will this be a sustainable option for China?

The Global Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion Plans and Climate Impacts

The world is at an inflexion point between speeding up the renewable energy transition and locking itself in fossil fuels. The latest reports make a strong case for the latter.

IPCC Report: Climate Finance for Adaptation Must Increase for Developing Countries

The latest IPCC Working Group II report largely stresses the need to accelerate climate adaptation, eradicate injustice and end the use of fossil fuels. The report, ‘Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability,’ emphasised that coal and other fossil fuels are choking humanity.

The China Belt and Road Initiative Investment Report 2021 and its Message to the World

The latest Belt and Road Initiative Investment Report is a testament that China will be looking to further strengthen its case as the global clean energy leader through extensive green financing and diminishing support for coal.

China’s Hydrogen Strategy for Olympics 2022: Pushing Green Hydrogen Transport

The Beijing Olympics are being powered by 100% renewable energy. A significant part of this is public transportation vehicles that run on green hydrogen. What does this mean for the future of hydrogen energy in Asia?

What the 2021 China Wind Power Boom Means for the World

China is a central actor for the world’s energy and climate future. As such, the latest figures about the rapid growth of the new solar and wind power capacity in the country in 2021 send a positive signal for the world's net-zero journey.

The Reality Behind China’s Net-Zero Target: Can It Be Achieved?

China's 2060 net-zero target is starting to appear in question. Their recent increase in coal production, combined with lacklustre commitments at COP26, are not good signs. This raises several red flags, as China has significant influence over the region, and their climate actions will have trickle-down effects that dictate regional net-zero progress.

Global Economic Recovery after COVID-19 Pandemic – What 2022 Holds for the Energy Market

We sit with experts and stakeholders from all parts of the energy market to discuss what 2021 taught us, how will the global economic recovery continue in 2022 and which will be the decisive factors for the energy market and climate finance in Asia going forward.

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.

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.

A Close Look at China’s Five Year Plan for Coal (2021-2025)

Coal power is the anchor energy in the country, supplying around 70% of the electricity, also contributing roughly 43% of the country’s CO2 emissions. China has made promises in recent years to limit its coal power growth. But the world is still nervously guessing - how much coal power will be added to China’s domestic fleet before 2025?

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