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Vietnam Clean Energy Forum looks towards carbon neutrality

The second Vietnam Clean Energy Forum took place in Hanoi on April 7, offering a venue for managers, scientists and businesses to exchange views on mechanisms, policies, technology and financing for wind, solar and gas power projects towards carbon neutrality.

UAE ready to host COP28; thanks PH for support

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is ready to host the 28th Climate Conference with a focus on highlighting the economic opportunities in climate action. In a statement over the weekend, the UAE Embassy in Manila thanked the Philippine government for supporting its bid for the conference, which is set to take place in Dubai from […]

Harnessing Asean’s collective strength

ASEAN in general had avoided the full brunt of the pandemic in 2020 by closing borders early and restricting mobility. Hopes of a nascent recovery seen in late 2020 and early 2021 were quickly quashed when waves of a more contagious Covid variant swept through the region at a time when vaccination rates were still […]

Seizing new growth opportunities for ASEAN

AS ASEAN economies continue their path to safely reopening and getting back to business, they must also manage growing economic challenges and identify how best to seize new opportunities for a resilient, inclusive, and sustainable recovery. The first challenge is the Russian invasion of Ukraine which has caused tremendous suffering and sent shockwaves across the […]

Call for joint effort to prioritise water, energy, environmental preservation

The government is looking to provide safe access to clean water and adequate sanitation systems to 98 per cent of Malaysians living in rural areas with the help of other stakeholders and the establishment of an Integrated Centre for Water Data, Research and Development.

As G20 chair, coal-heavy Indonesia sends mixed signals on green transition

Indonesia is using its stint as G20 president to push for more international funding for the green energy transition in developing nations – but analysts say Jakarta needs to back up its calls with more ambitious plans to cut emissions at home.

As Lao dam plans progress, farmers worry about compensation for lost land

Chinese developers are preparing to begin work on two major hydropower dams to be built on the Mekong River in Laos, projects government officials hope will bring the impoverished country closer to its goal of become the battery of Southeast Asia.

Accelerating progress on SDGs in Malaysia

Six big transformations are needed to accelerate the progress of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Malaysia. Professor Jeffrey Sachs, who is an SDG advocate for the United Nations (UN), suggested governments have 25 to 30-year plans as a pathway to get an idea of where society should be and how to get there in that […]

ACEN secures P13.7 billion funding for Batangas power plant

ACEN Corp. has secured up to P13.7-billion in energy transition financing with the Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI) and Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) for its 2×135-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Calaca, Batangas.

Challenges for Asean

Region needs to build a stronger foundation with a focus on the green economy, new approaches to tourism and a greater commitment to free trade.