The coming winter months usually means a sharp increase in air pollution in Northern China’s already smog-choked cities as communities fire-up their coal-powered heating systems.
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).
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.
Toyota is beginning a study to see how best to increase its energy efficiency by effectively using waste heat and excess electricity. The car company is examining how its manufacturing plants in Toyota City can benefit from reclamation technologies, with the goal of starting verification testing by end of March 2014, reports Ecoseed.  According to Toyota there are five separate areas of study in optimizing heat and power sharing.
Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh (HCM) city is nearly two year into its Green Energy program under the auspices of Ministry of Industry and Trade but is finding it hard to attract private investment. City officials admit it doesn't have enough cash to fund viable projects.
As populations grow, plastic piles up.  Roughly 85 percent of the plastic used in products and packaging is not recycled.  As much as this is a problem of increasingly critical dimensions, this is also a large, global opportunity.  Estimates are that in the United States alone, over USD8 billion per year is “left on the table” from packaging waste that is not recycled. In the run up to the Plasticity Forum 2013 CleanBiz.Asia executive editor Fergus O’Rorke talked to Doug Woodring, the forum’s founder, about plastic problems and solutions.
Hong Kong's looming landfill problem
May 21, 2013
The Hong Kong Government has a new, multi-prongeed solid waste management plan that maps out the city’s strategy for the next decade. It's aimed at slowing the rate at which rubbish is sent to the city’s three existing mega-dumps, which are projected to reach capacity in 2015, 2017 and 2019 unless something is done. Unveiled by Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing, Hong Kong: Blueprint for Sustainable Use of Resources 2013-2022 repackages the familiar mantra of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” as “Use Less, Waste Less” and envisages building of at least two organic waste treatment facilities together with a large waste-to-energy incineration plant.
Market concentration of non-hydro renewables
April 17, 2013
The rapid expansion of renewable technologies is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak assessment of global progress towards low-carbon energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in an annual report to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). “The drive to clean up the world’s energy system has stalled,” IEA executive director Maria van der Hoeven told the CEM, which brings together ministers representing countries responsible for four-fifths of global greenhouse-gas emissions.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is extending USD200 million in loans to the Dynagreen Environmental Protection Group to help small and medium-sized cities in China turn their growing mountains of solid waste into a sustainable source of renewable energy under an agreement signed on Friday in Beijing.
Wasabi New Energy Asia and its majority-owned China subsidiary, Shanghai Shenghe New Energy Resources Science and Technology, have landed a contract from the Sinopec Hainan Refining ­– a subsidiary of Sinopec Corp – to build a 4-MW waste-heat power plant using Wasabi’s Kalina Cycle technology.