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April 2, 2019

Singapore leads way as Asian developers wake up to climate risk

Air conditioning is one of the biggest energy efficiency challenges in a region that is home to the world’s hottest and most crowded cities. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

March 20, 2019

The View: Kong’s property developers should have the sense to go green and protect assets from climate change

Hong Kong, with key assets just above sea level, faces threats from climate change. A new low-carbon charter shows it makes business and political sense to collaborate with Beijing to improve energy efficiency in buildings and reduce emissions. By Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

January 15, 2019

The View: How Hong Kong can solve its waste crisis and become the Silicon Valley of recycling

The city, with its enviable budget surpluses, has the resources to clean up its environment and lead the circular economy. A waste charging scheme has been announced, and ‘reverse vending machines’ are being considered. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

October 22, 2018

Philippines’ Ayala Corp. Pivots To Renewables With Vietnam Solar Investment

AC Energy, a subsidiary of Philippine conglomerate Ayala Corp., has pledged to use technology to improve lives and ensure a sustainable future for all. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

June 18, 2018

Solar Leader China Is Slashing Its Subsidies On Solar Power — What You Need To Know

China accounted for about 50% of global solar demand in 2017. Expect consolidation and asset sales over the next few years, as well as some bankruptcies, as the supply-demand imbalance corrects. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

July 31, 2018

Build up climate change resilience in the Bay Area

Hong Kong plays a crucial role in building climate change resilience in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and, in doing so, can contribute significantly to the whole region’s competitiveness and liveability. By Asia Business Council Program Director Janet Pau.

May 21, 2018

This Clean Energy Champion Is Out To Break Vietnam’s Coal Habit

The esteemed Goldman Environmental Prize for grassroots advocacy was awarded to the first Vietnamese recipient, 42-year-old clean energy champion Nguy Thi Khanh, who hopes to end Vietnam’s reliance on coal and persuade the country to take a greener approach. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

April 23, 2018

Scourge Of The Seas: How China Is Tackling The Ocean’s Plastic Problem

As Earth Day rolls around again, whether we have seen Blue Planet II, or photos of whales and other sea life that have starved on a diet of ingested plastics, we are increasingly aware that ocean plastics are a menacing — and worsening — problem. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

April 6, 2018

Tariffs On Chinese Solar Products Hurt the U.S. Rather Than Help It — Here’s Why

President Trump recently imposed tariff increases on Chinese solar cells and modules, important components in solar energy generation. But in fact, the move may end up hurting the U.S. more than it does China, as it puts solar jobs at risk. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

March 28, 2018

Asian Companies Are Working To Protect Against Climate Change, But Will It Be Enough?

Asia’s success over the last quarter-century in export-oriented manufacturing has powered extraordinary growth and made Asia a key player in the world economy. Yet Asian companies and their extended supply chains are particularly susceptible to climate risk and resource constraints, notably from water. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.