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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

Solar, wind, carbon capture, nature-based solutions—what are the technologies needed to combat climate change? Eco-Business asked clean energy entrepreneur Hendrik Tiesinga where the smart money is going.
Will people in price-sensitive Asia only buy clean energy if it's cheap? Eco-Business spoke to clean energy entrepreneurs about why consumer behaviour is lagging behind investment trends in Asia, and what can be done to persuade more people to switch to clean electricity.
The Philippines has ended new coal development as it pursues a low-carbon future. Don Paulino of non-profit Philippine Energy Independence Council and boss of Shell's exploration arm, argues why natural gas should remain in the energy mix.
As energy systems shift from fossil fuels to renewables, people are changing jobs—but for different reasons. Eco-Business explores why people are leaving behind the big money of extraction for the wild West of renewables.
Floating turbines could unlock vast clean energy potential. But as the industry gains momentum, stronger government support and coordination among stakeholders are needed to address its biggest challenges: investor confidence and cost.

From Around Southeast Asia

Asian banks were responsible for 61 per cent of total lending and underwriting for the coal trade 2019. In 2020, this figure increased by 5 per cent.
The Indonesian ride-hailing app is calculating its carbon footprint, before it works out how to shrink it.
Solar, wind, carbon capture, nature-based solutions—what are the technologies needed to combat climate change? Eco-Business asked clean energy entrepreneur Hendrik Tiesinga where the smart money is going.
Southeast Asia’s power sector is set to strike out in a new direction this year, driven by energy security needs and new opportunities for collaboration as some of the world’s biggest polluters step up climate action.
Singapore has announced myriad sustainability measures under this year’s government budget. Will they go far enough?

Further reading

Spotlight on Indonesia

Spotlight on Philippines

Spotlight on Vietnam

The race to net zero-emissions ride-hailing in Southeast Asia is on. Gojek and now Grab are embarking on decarbonisation drives — just as Singapore announces a...
The region's energy companies have been scarce in the race to cut emissions. How can they join the conservation—and with genuinely ambitious net zero...
World Bank Group members should end fossil fuel financing in any way, and increase energy access through renewable sources, Indonesian NGOs say.
Many large dams have reached a worrying old age. While removing them could address rising disaster risks and operating costs, the decision is by no means...
The race to net zero-emissions ride-hailing in Southeast Asia is on. Gojek and now Grab are embarking on decarbonisation drives — just as Singapore announces a...
Ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November, Eco-Business highlights some of the major issues the Southeast Asian country must address to attain...
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...
Plans for coal expansion in South and Southeast Asia were finally re-evaluated, with little prospect for a revival this year.
The race to net zero-emissions ride-hailing in Southeast Asia is on. Gojek and now Grab are embarking on decarbonisation drives — just as Singapore announces a...
Laos has announced the construction of two new coal plants for this year, despite growing evidence that coal power comes with significant financial risk. What...
Highly volatile prices will make LNG power plants more costly and unpredictable to operate in emerging economies such as Bangladesh, Pakistan and Vietnam, says...
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...