Malaysia’s intent to progress its renewable energy sector was made clear in a number of announcements this week, including plans to install solar along a major highway, introducing both the first solar insurance scheme and monitoring system, as well as inking support agreements with powerful foreign organisations.
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines, Oct 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Theresa Walgraeve and her husband set up their 15-room resort in Puerto Princesa, a city on the Philippine island of Palawan, they worried about mosquitoes and monsoon damp - and the high cost of electricity.
A solar solution that can be installed in a day has launched in Malaysia, a country that aims to produce 20 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025.
The innovative “venture philanthropy” platform hopes to accelerate the region’s renewable energy transition by making funding more accessible to project developers.
In a region with immense natural potential for renewable energy, coal is still king. How can Southeast Asia hasten the transition to clean energy? Eco-Business asked the experts.
Air-conditioning, once hailed by the late prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as the greatest invention of the 20th century, threatens to compromise the wealthy city-state’s comfortable way of life. Are there better ways to cool the tropical metropolis?
As the Philippines’ banks continue to finance coal-fired power plants, a surplus of coal plants could turn them into bad investments—and the subsequent burden of high electricity costs could be passed on to consumers.
As Cambodia’s economy goes through a rapid expansion with foreign investments pouring in, the country is turning to polluting coal power to meet growing energy demands, risking the health of the people and the welfare of the environment.
Those in power must give stronger voices to marginalised communities and protection to natural flood defences.
If Asia’s sprawling built environment is going to thrive in a future shaped by climate change, technology will have to help. Here are some of the coolest tech innovations Eco-Business saw during Singapore Green Building Week.
The Thailand Board of Investment has announced new investment packages and privileges for electric vehicle (EV) companies to establish operations in the Eastern Economic Corridor.
Spray-on solar panels, smart aircon, and heat-reflective paint will be part of a plan to reduce the energy consumption of the tropical city-state’s built environment with a new building standard.
We should worry more about Indonesia’s burning peatlands than its new coal-fired power plants, which are now being built “green”, an official from the country’s infrastructure investment arm said at an event in Singapore last week.
A third national car manufacturer would deter sustainable development in Malaysia, argues Malaysian Youth Delegation’s Mike Campton.
JAKARTA — A far-reaching corruption scandal centered on a proposed power plant in Indonesia has cast a shadow over the country’s risky reliance on coal as a supposedly cheap source of energy.
BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Residents in a Bangkok neighborhood are trying out a renewable energy trading platform that allows them to buy and sell electricity between themselves, signaling the growing popularity of such systems as solar panels get cheaper.
Singapore aims to green 80 per cent of its building stock by 2030, but experts say it is behind schedule. What’s holding the city-state’s green building sector back, and how can it overcome these obstacles?
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Residents say the expansion will lead to increased air and water pollution, damage crops, and have a negative impact on wildlife.
Packaged as “clean and environment-friendly”, the two new coal plants will be built close to an intact rainforest in northern Philippines. Locals resisting the $1.5 billion project say it will destroy the environment and ruin livelihoods.