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Dear reader,

If you thought there would be a slowdown in the news cycle as the world tiptoed into the new year, think again.

Daily updates on Covid-19 resurgence, lockdowns and vaccines continue unabated, as well as news on the messy transition of leadership in the United States. In Southeast Asia, 2021 is off to a wet start as parts of Malaysia and Indonesia experience massive rainfall and floods, and tens of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate and some have lost their lives.

Amid the intensity of daily news, it is important to keep our eyes on longer-term sustainability goals and the need for continued investment in solutions and conservation.

With this in mind, Temasek Foundation and Eco-Business are proud to launch the 2021 edition of The Liveability Challenge this Friday. The annual search for solutions to Asia’s greatest sustainability challenges, with a prize kitty of up to S$1 million, enters its fourth year and we invite you to join us at 4pm (GMT +8) on 15 January as we unveil the themes of this year’s challenge.

You’ll also find in today’s newsletter the start of a series in which we catch up with past finalists of The Liveability Challenge and find out what they’ve been up to.

Read also about what Asia’s energy sector needs to do this year to get in line with climate targets, and a new initiative by Britain’s Prince Charles to mobilise US$10 billion by 2022 to fund nature-based solutions and protect natural capital.

Happy reading.

Neo Chai Chin

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Four things Asia’s energy sector must do in 2021 to meet climate goals

Renewables could spur the post-pandemic recovery in Asia. But as this year’s climate change conference approaches, the region's energy planners have a lot of catching up to do.

Analysis: Which countries met the UN’s 2020 deadline to raise ‘climate ambition’?

Analysis: Which countries met the UN’s 2020 deadline to raise ‘climate ambition’?

After a year disrupted by Covid-19, big emitters like the United States, India and China have yet to update their 'nationally determined contributions' in the United Nations' official registry.

New finance initiative aims to mobilise US$10 billion for nature-based solutions

New finance initiative aims to mobilise US$10 billion for nature-based solutions

The newly launched Natural Capital Investment Alliance was announced at a summit where over 50 countries pledged to conserve 30 per cent of Earth's land and water by 2030.

How has container reuse scheme Muuse survived Covid?

How has container reuse scheme Muuse survived Covid?

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In the Covid era, circularity can be a new frontier as well as a desert: TRIA chief Ng Pei Kang

In the Covid era, circularity can be a new frontier as well as a desert: TRIA chief Ng Pei Kang

Sustainable food packaging entrepreneur Ng Pei Kang talks to Eco-Business about the highs and lows of being in the circular economy business amid a pandemic.

Benevolent bean-counters: The rise of sustainability-savvy accountants

Benevolent bean-counters: The rise of sustainability-savvy accountants

A recent study found that 9 out of 10 accountants want companies to be more sustainable after the Covid-19 pandemic. Eco-Business asked ACCA sustainability head Jimmy Greer about the role accountants play in building a better future.

Singapore shipping company guilty of illegally dumping waste oil in US waters

Singapore shipping company guilty of illegally dumping waste oil in US waters

Pacific International Lines faces a fine of US$3 million and imprisonment for the engineers responsible for an act known as bilge dumping. It is the second Singapore shipping company to be charged for the pollution offence in two months.

Food fortification ‘a powerful tool’ to improve health and power economies

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With nearly 400 million people in Asia suffering from undernourishment, fortifying staple foods such as rice with micronutrients can be a powerful and sustainable way to improve public health.

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