Energy

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.
October 31, 2013
India is all set to convert its trash to treasure as it gears up, albeit a bit slowly, to strengthen its waste-to-energy sector and boost recycling and reuse, with one expert estimating the annual earnings from biofuel alone at INR50,000 crore (USD11 billion).
October 31, 2013
India’s Essar Group, plans to increase its India water revenue more than fourfold by 2017 to meet the rising demand for water-treatment and supply projects.
October 30, 2013
China’s much touted plan to reduce its reliance on coal is already running into problems as the country experiences a severe shortage of gas, which it hopes to replace coal with, and raising the possibility of even more choking smog in the months to come.
October 30, 2013
Japan could set a new 2020 emissions reductions target of 3.8% on 2005 levels, the Nikkei newspaper reports.
Chinese smart windows
October 30, 2013
Researchers at Shanghai University say they have invented the first "smart window" that can save energy and generate electricity. Up until now, smart windows and solar cells could not be combined into one device. But scientists have made a breakthrough thanks to a new vanadium dioxide film, according to a report in the China Daily.
October 29, 2013
What started with a few bogus safety certificates for cables shutting a handful of South Korean nuclear reactors has snowballed, with 100 people indicted and Seoul under pressure to rethink its reliance on nuclear power.
October 28, 2013
The Vietnamese Government says it has approved the removal of six potentially large and 418 small hydro-power projects from the national plan.