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Southeast Asia's clean energy transition

This is a new initiative to chronicle the region's clean energy transition, highlighting the opportunities and challenges faced by government, business and society. A series supported by:

Latest stories

If solar panels can withstand the waters of the typhoon-prone country, they should survive anywhere in the region, said an expert. Will regulators allow ongoing pilot projects to be scaled up?
Vietnam is rising as Southeast Asia’s new wind hero, with power capacity soon to dwarf that of all other Asean nations and the world’s biggest offshore wind farm to be built off its windy coast, but challenges remain.
The desire of corporate giants to become 100 per cent renewable is driving clean energy investment and fuelling the energy transition worldwide. As businesses set their sights on greening their operations in Southeast Asia, can the region meet businesses' clean energy needs?
Battery-powered air taxis could be a common sight on the city-state's skyline by 2021.
New coal plant development in Southeast Asia is down for the second year in a row, a new report from Global Energy Monitor has revealed. Could this herald the transition to clean energy for the world's most climate-vulnerable region?

From Around Southeast Asia

About 10 per cent of Southeast Asia lacks access to stable electricity, and many people live on remote islands. Emerging technologies could help bring power to far-flung locations and meet the region’s growing energy and waste management needs. But challenges abound.
If Southeast Asia is to wean itself off fossil fuels, it must phase out subsidies to allow clean energy to flourish, experts said at the Singapore International Energy Week. Meanwhile, will the oil and gas majors aid the transition by investing in renewables and new technology?
The bank's move away from the 1,200-megawatt Vung Ang 2 coal plant in Vietnam has been praised by environmentalists, who say that unlike rivals that have claimed to stop funding the single biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, OCBC is "walking the talk".
Battery-powered air taxis could be a common sight on the city-state's skyline by 2021.
Can we maintain our quality of life and feed humanity without costing the earth? Innovators shared their innovations that could transform current modes of production and consumption in Singapore.

Further reading

Spotlight on Indonesia

Spotlight on Philippines

Spotlight on Vietnam

Energy demand is booming, but government policies signal continued reliance on oil, gas and coal. Much stronger action is needed to improve renewables...
Understanding the source of emissions is integral to understanding and enabling further progress towards curbing emissions in Indonesia. Climate Watch...
In a region where power demand is soaring, microgrids can increase renewable energy adoption and cut reliance on diesel. The most immediate impact, however,...
Harassment, death threats, kidnapping. It's not easy campaigning for renewable energy in Southeast Asia. Eco-Business asked activists in Indonesia, the...
In a region where power demand is soaring, microgrids can increase renewable energy adoption and cut reliance on diesel. The most immediate impact, however,...
Harassment, death threats, kidnapping. It's not easy campaigning for renewable energy in Southeast Asia. Eco-Business asked activists in Indonesia, the...
An ambitious plan is in train to electrify the Philippines' iconic jeepneys to curb pollution. But do Filipino drivers, operators and commuters really want to...
The project has the potential to increase clean energy supply to meet the country's increasing demand while addressing food sustainability issues linked with...
Harassment, death threats, kidnapping. It's not easy campaigning for renewable energy in Southeast Asia. Eco-Business asked activists in Indonesia, the...
Southeast Asia is the only region in the world where coal's share of the energy mix is growing. Eco-Business asked David Turk of the International Energy...
Sand extraction has increased pollution and flooding, lowered groundwater levels, hurt marine life, and exacerbated the occurrence and severity of landslides...
What’s needed for renewables to take off is leadership, vision and a commitment to a better society from the Asean political class, writes Assaad Razzouk.