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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:

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A US$22 billion project involving 12,000 hectares of solar panels and 3,800km of cabling running from Darwin to Singapore might be the most ambitious renewable energy project ever. How will it work? Eco-Business talked to Fraser Thompson of project developer Sun Cable.
The climate talks in Glasgow could have a major trickle-down effect on Asia's business community. What should the region's businesses expect from COP26? The Eco-Business Podcast asked energy and sustainability expert Malavika Bambawale.
Brunei Darussalam's renewable energy policy is as modest as its hydrocarbon strategy is ambitious. The petrostate is banking on technology to reduce its carbon footprint to preserve its ambitious expansion of oil and gas activities.
While solar and wind help countries meet energy security and environmental objectives, their variable nature poses challenges to electricity grids that require utilities to rethink operations.
Carbon capture is seen as essential if energy-hungry Southeast Asia is to reach climate goals. But critics maintain that the technology remains unproven and may never deliver the vast emissions reductions needed.

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A US$22 billion project involving 12,000 hectares of solar panels and 3,800km of cabling running from Darwin to Singapore might be the most ambitious renewable energy project ever. How will it work? Eco-Business talked to Fraser Thompson of project developer Sun Cable.
Experts warn that addressing climate change will bring with it political instability, rising protectionist policies and inflation in poorer nations placing pressure on the resolve of governments to see the energy transition through.
A collective of youth-focused NGOs and interest groups is pushing the Singapore government to align with climate science and reduce emissions as world leaders convene for COP26. Singapore's current efforts to curb emissions have been rated as "critically insufficient” and in line with 4°C of global warming.
Green hydrogen was one of the hottest topics that dominated regional energy dialogues this week. Bets are on bringing it into the energy mix in Asia, despite it lacking commercial viability.
The network would enable Southeast Asia to keep growing and keep using the 'products of modern life' while reducing emissions, said the Houston-headquartered energy major's low carbon division president.

Further reading

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