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The Vietnamese Government and the United Nations have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on building an eco-friendly regional facility for the international organization in the country.
Read Full Story China is saying that energy-efficiency measures on Beijing's college and university campuses will greatly reduce emissions.
Japanese telecoms giant, turned green-energy provider, Softbank Corp has announced that it will use the rooftops of peoples’ homes to generate solar energy and tap into the generous feed-in-tarrifs offered by the Japanese government for renewable power.
CLP Power Hong Kong has selected US-companies Itron and Cisco for a pilot smart metering project. Due to start next year, the pilot project will include around 3,000 residential customers living in both private and public housing and around 1,400 small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) customers with the company hoping to boost its green credentials.
While advanced economies gradually rebuild their balance sheets, Asia’s emerging markets need to diversify sources of growth to boost GDP, Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda said Tuesday during an address at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Global Dialogue in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The Vietnamese city of Da Nang was selected at last week’s 44th APEC energy meeting in Washington DC as the site of Low-Carbon Model Town Project, according to Pham Thanh Tung, the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade's International Co-operation Department.
Read Full Story An environmental and health crisis may be brewing in China as a massive 2008 government drive to encourage the purchase of energy-efficient light bulbs via subsidies is now beginning to have unintended consequences, according to a report by the Global Times.
Kai Tak Metropark
November 08, 2012
Hong Kong’s new government recently averted another political firestorm when it shot down its own trial balloon proposing last-minute changes to development plans for the former Kai Tak Airport. The waterfront site in the heart of densely built-up East Kowloon has lain largely dormant since the old airport closed in 1998. In July, the new Chief Executive CY Leung came to office promising to tackle Hong Kong’s soaring home prices, and his administration indicated that Kai Tak’s plans would be reviewed with an eye to boosting the housing supply.
Eighteen leading Hong Kong companies – members of the Business Environment Council and the Climate Change Business Forum –  have pledged to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in their commercial buildings. They joined over 100 other companies and organizations globally in taking the pledge, which originated with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
The area in Shanghai covered by forests, rivers, wetlands, farms, parks and other green space shrank 1.5 percent on average each year from 2005 to 2009, falling closer to the minimum threshold set by the local government, local media reported this week.