Energy

November 18, 2013
China is on track to achieve its 2020 energy efficiency target ahead of schedule and will make even more ambitious proposals to realize low-carbon development for the years after 2020, senior climate advisers said.
Japan Fukushima
November 15, 2013
Bowing to the inevitable, Japan has announced a much reduced carbon emissions target for 2020. The decision to aim for a 3.8 percent cut in emission below 2005 levels was announced in Tokyo Friday morning by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
Climate change rally in Manila
November 14, 2013
While the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. Yolanda) looms large at the UN’s COP19 conference in Warsaw this week, activists in the Philippines are demanding compensation from economically developed countries for the damages experienced in the developing world due to climate change-related disasters.
November 14, 2013
The chicken will be able to cross the road even quicker in Malaysia now that KFC is using eco-friendly electric scooters.
November 14, 2013
Japan is starting its most ambitious reform of its electricity sector since 1951, which could result in the break-up of the country’s powerful regional monopolies.
November 13, 2013
The share of global emissions subject to carbon pricing policies will rise to around 33 percent in 2035 from about 8 percent last year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its 2013 World Energy Outlook released yesterday.
The Deep Green low-velocity ocean current power concept
November 13, 2013
An innovative ‘underwater kite’ marine power plant has started producing electricity in the waters off Northern Ireland. Deep Green, developed by marine energy technology company Minesto, is the only known power plant that works cost-effectively in low-velocity tidal and ocean currents. “This is a break-through for the entire renewable energy industry, ocean currents are the hidden treasure of renewable energy source,” said Minesto’s CEO Anders Jansson.
China's GDP pollution balance
November 12, 2013
China’s central government and provincial governments have been pushing out new air pollution control plans this year as deadly smog plagues the country’s northern cities. Without a more thorough reform of economic policy, however, the chances are these plans will fail, according to the head of the country’s climate change think-tank.
November 11, 2013
A research group with Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has started testing country's first tidal power turbine system to examine the feasibility of tapping tidal energy to generate electricity for the city state.
November 11, 2013
Japan has switched on the first turbine at a wind farm 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Fukushima, feeding electricity to the grid tethered to the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant onshore.
Nissan E sportscar
November 08, 2013
Japanese carmaker Nissan will unveil a sporty concept electric vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show as the country’s number-two automaker presses on with its bid to tap the burgeoning green-car market.
UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2013
November 06, 2013
Should the global community not immediately embark on wide-ranging actions to narrow the greenhouse gas emissions gap, the chance of remaining on the least-cost path to keeping global temperature rise below 2°C this century will swiftly diminish and open the door to a host of challenges, according to a new UN report. The Emissions Gap Report 2013 — involving 44 scientific groups in 17 countries and co-ordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) — released ahead of the Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP19) in Warsaw next week.
November 06, 2013
Beijing has announced that it will reduce new car sales by almost 40 percent next year, as it continues to battle choking smog to which vehicle emissions make a significant contribution.
November 06, 2013
The Chinese Government has published its latest annual report on efforts to address climate change in 2012. The report, entitled China's Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change, was released ahead of the UN’s COP19 climate change conference which kicks off in Warsaw next week.
Toyota Fule cell car
November 06, 2013
Toyota this week released photos its FCV Concept hydrogen fuel cell vehicle which it hopes will take a lead in the promising fuel cell auto market as the Japanese car manufacturer succeeded in doing with the Prius in the hybrid sector.
X-Fruit biofuel
November 05, 2013
A Singaporean company has unveiled a new hybrid plant, dubbed X-Fruit, which it claims could make a major contribution to meeting world demand for low-carbon transport fuel. International Green Innovation (IGI), established by the CEO of a Malaysian iron ore mining concern, revealed that X-Fruit has been developed in Malaysia over a 10-year period from local and exotic plant sources.
November 05, 2013
With over 350 million tricycles on its roads, the Philippines is stepping up its efforts to introduce e-trikes in a bid to curb oil imports and pollution.
PwC Carbon Report
November 04, 2013
According to a new report by PwC, the world is on track to blow the 2°C carbon budget, estimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the next 89 years, within 21 years. This puts the world on a path consistent with potential global warming of around 4°C by 2100, the most extreme scenario presented in the recent IPCC 5th Assessment Report on climate science.
November 04, 2013
Seeking more investment into its nascent offshore wind industry, Japan has announced that it plans tariffs that are higher than market norms, according to Bloomberg.
November 01, 2013
A low-carbon growth path is in the best interest of each country in East Asia, and governments should take action now to create an enabling environment to attract clean energy investments, coupled with public financing mechanisms to provide incentives to investors and unlock commercial financing, says a new World Bank report titled Unlocking Commercial Financing for Clean Energy in East Asia.