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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

Future projections of electric mobility are promising, but uptake in the region will depend heavily on the strategic decisions and actions of its key stakeholders—industry, government, and consumers.
With coal development sluggish, the country eyes alternative power sources to meet burgeoning demand. Analysts say the plan is contingent on gas prices staying low.
Coal is gaining traction on Laos' energy scene, throwing the nation's dream of becoming the 'battery' of Southeast Asia into question. As the country thirsts for foreign investment, has poor governance placed it at the mercy of rogue firms?
A fund backed by mainly US-based philanthrophies will invest in the earliest stage of renewable energy investments. This risky stage has deterred investors and proved one of the biggest obstacles to Southeast Asia's energy transition, which experts say Covid-19 has slowed down.
Vietnam has given the green light to almost a hundred new wind energy installations, indicating the nation keeps powering ahead with renewables amid fears of looming power shortages as industry and population boom.

From Around Southeast Asia

The coronavirus may dampen energy demand for decades, while the share of renewables grows and transport is increasingly electrified. Even so, the world is on track to heat up by 2.3 degrees Celsius by 2100, a new report predicts.
The Korean joins an organisation on a mission to accelerate the shift to clean energy in Asia.
Pro-miners argue that deep-sea mining is essential to enable the energy transition. On the Eco-Business podcast, Sian Owen of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition argues why nature's last frontier should be protected, not exploited.
A new study has uncovered scant disclosure by green bond issuers of their environmental impact, and a lack of social safeguards to protect communities from unintended consequences of financed projects.
Fossil fuels, tobacco, weapons—our banks could be spending our money on things we don't want them to. Eco-Business talks to finance expert Mayur Singh about why consumers in Asia should asking banks how they spend their money.

Further reading

Spotlight on Indonesia

Spotlight on Philippines

Spotlight on Vietnam

With rising risks to pricing, sector profitability and coal asset values, Indonesian policymakers should let market forces run their course and allow weak coal...
As the need for steady clean electricity generation grows, refurbishing Asia’s decades-old hydropower plants could help them regain past strength, enhancing...
CIMB has been called out for financing planet-warming coal-fired power plants in Indonesia the week before it is to stage its flagship sustainability event,...
Air-conditioning is in hot demand in Southeast Asia, but the energy-guzzling technology exacerbates climate change. Eco-Business asked Professor James...
As the need for steady clean electricity generation grows, refurbishing Asia’s decades-old hydropower plants could help them regain past strength, enhancing...
Air-conditioning is in hot demand in Southeast Asia, but the energy-guzzling technology exacerbates climate change. Eco-Business asked Professor James...
Improving energy efficiency could meet a quarter of Southeast Asia’s emissions reduction targets. Here is how efficiency could drive Southeast Asia's energy...
The Philippines’ Congress and conglomerates confirm backing a shift to Renewable Energy. The country has a rare opportunity to come together in support of...
As the need for steady clean electricity generation grows, refurbishing Asia’s decades-old hydropower plants could help them regain past strength, enhancing...
Air-conditioning is in hot demand in Southeast Asia, but the energy-guzzling technology exacerbates climate change. Eco-Business asked Professor James...
The new legislation would prohibit public firms from pouring money into coal overseas. It could see a planned project in Vietnam fall over, but with the deal...
A South Korean public institution has announced it will back a controversial new coal project in Indonesia. The move is at odds with election promises made...