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.
As Southeast Asian nations embark on their energy transition journey, there is huge potential for digital technologies to improve energy efficiency, prepare grids for higher shares of renewables, and cut power costs.
With the COP26 climate change negotiations in November, almost all countries and industry sectors are not doing nearly enough to reduce emissions. Climate action by Thailand and Singapore has been classed as 'critically insufficient'.
More coal was burned for electricity this year than before the pandemic, pushing emissions from power production to a new high. Developing Asia accounts for most of the increase, but no single nation has lived up to green recovery promises.