Two weeks after South Korea's climate emergency declaration, its biggest state-owned utility firm has been given the go-ahead to build the Vung Ang 2 coal project in Vietnam. Several other Korean businesses are also on board.
As renewables success stories keep emerging from Southeast Asia, countries in the world's most climate-vulnerable region have little excuse for not having a working clean energy market design in place. There are plenty of neighbours to learn from.
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.
Marlon Apanada –
Doubling down on coal is not the way to pull any country out of crisis mode. The Philippines is at a crucial juncture in deciding its energy future, and needs a plan that can deliver lower electricity costs, improve public health, create jobs and fight climate change.
The Philippines’ Congress and conglomerates confirm backing a shift to Renewable Energy. The country has a rare opportunity to come together in support of clean energy options that will benefit everyone.
Using a coal retirement mechanism, nations could phase out coal power and replace it with renewables more quickly while creating new jobs, improving public health, and changing the trajectory of carbon emissions.
Robin Hicks –
In gridlocked, smoggy Southeast Asian cities, change is afoot to electrify transport and clear some of the world's most polluted skies. This video documents the pockets of hope for e-mobility around the most climate-vulnerable region.