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Coal Phase-out Accelerates Globally Except in China: ‘Boom and Bust’ 2023

Thanks to its unprecedented renewable energy capacity additions, China was poised to be a leader in the battle against climate change. However, its coal pivot risks tarnishing that.

Japan’s ‘Green Transformation’ (GX) Is Stacked With Fossil Fuel-based Technology

Japan is promoting its green energy transformation, but it's a false narrative since it still includes liquefied natural gas (LNG), coal and fossil fuel-based technology. Japan must also quickly set forth a formal coal reduction and elimination plan before it hosts the next G7 meeting in May.

Fossil Fuel Imports Risk Japan’s Energy Security

Japan has low domestic fossil fuel production yet relies on fossil fuels for most of its energy. High dependence on foreign imports is creating energy security concerns. However, Japan remains seemingly uncommitted to completely phasing out fossil fuels, lagging behind other G7 nations.

G7 Ministers’ Meeting 2023: What Is the Desired Outcome?

The G7 Climate and Energy Ministerial Meeting is shaping up to be a roadshow for Japan's questionable technologies. If the world is to stand a chance in limiting climate change to 1.5°C, the G7 reject the proposals, speed up coal phase-out and limit gas investments.

Malaysia’s Energy Transition: Challenges and Opportunities

Malaysia has great potential for clean energy alternatives like solar and hydropower. On paper, its energy transition is already mapped out. The question is whether it will follow this path or lock itself into a future of fossil fuel energy dependence.

Does Japan Care About the Environment

Japan's role as this year's president of the G7 is pushing its subpar environmental performance into the spotlight. Inadequate emissions reduction goals, a high rate of fossil fuel imports and questionable fishing practices highlight this. These concerns will only grow more dire for the climate-vulnerable country and must be addressed.

Wind Energy in Vietnam – Opportunities and Potential

Vietnam has already established itself as one of the world's most notable clean energy success stories. However, to retain that crown, the country needs to incentivise foreign financiers.

Japan-Vietnam Energy Relations: Opportunities and Risks

Vietnam needs a partner that will prioritise its decarbonisation and access to affordable and ready-to-be deployed solutions to make the most of its clean energy potential. It doesn't need to be pushed towards distracting technologies with questionable decarbonisation credentials. The approach that Japan will take in its cooperation remains to be seen.

Japan’s Sustainability Programs Are Lacking Compared to G7

Japan is hosting the G7 summit in 2023, which will include discussions on decarbonisation and renewable energy development. However, Japan's sustainability efforts are considered some of the poorest of the G7 nations. The country's financing of fossil fuel projects throughout Asia, its reliance on coal and its questionable strategy towards decarbonisation are all concerns. As the host, Japan should promote sustainability efforts.

Oil Spill in the Philippines Implicates San Miguel Corporation

A major oil spill in the Philippines raises concerns over a corporate giant’s refusal to accept responsibility for the disaster. It also raises concerns over its dismal environmental record due to liquefied natural gas (LNG) development. The government is waffling, and the environment, local residents and fisherfolk are suffering.

Bangladesh’s Energy Scenario in 2023

As Bangladesh recovers from energy shortages in 2022, there are questions about its energy stability in the coming years. While the country aims to produce 40% of its power from renewable sources by 2040, the current government is negotiating long-term LNG contracts. Without a switch to renewable energy, Bangladesh's energy grid will remain vulnerable to energy disruptions and the associated economic disruption.

Solar Energy In Bangladesh: Current Status and Future

Bangladesh generates 99% of its energy from fossil fuels. However, it has several renewable energy targets for 2030 and 2040 that require significant financial and time investments. Solar power will play an essential role in reaching these targets, and Bangladesh can't afford to postpone the transition in favour of LNG.

The Power Sector in Bangladesh Is Slowing Its Economic Growth

Bangladesh's energy crisis rocked the country in the second half of 2022. Brought on by record-high LNG prices, the country – which is heavily reliant on natural gas – had to limit local energy consumption. Rolling blackouts, power-shedding and other energy-saving measures have been significant roadblocks for the country's growing manufacturing sector.

Energy Crisis in Bangladesh Highlights Risks of Fossil Fuels

Bangladesh sources most of its energy from fossil fuels, with natural gas making up the lion's share. Due to COVID-related supply chain issues and global political instability, fossil fuel prices are steadily climbing. As a result, the country has had to halt natural gas imports, leading to rolling blackouts. This highlights the risks associated with fossil fuel reliance and the need for local renewable energy production.

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