Publications

An Analysis of Singapore's Market-Based Tools for Energy Policy

Carbon Taxes & Energy Efficiency Measures

Two years after the Paris COP21 Conference, the scope, modes and monitoring mechanisms of how to finance a low-carbon transition are widely debated. As direct subsidisation of renewable energies has been more and more criticised due to distorting incentives and high fiscal burdens for the consumer, carbon taxation and market-oriented solutions like Emission Trade Systems (ETS) are now considered as the most effective instruments for the decarbonisation of energy systems. Against this background, KAS RECAP commissioned two studies on essential aspects of Singapore's energy transformation. more…

Dr. Maria Francesch-Huidobro | December 4, 2017

Climate change and the security sector in South Asia

Implications for armed forces, politics and society

Climate change has multifold impacts on the security situation in South Asia. Increasing migration flows and competition for the access to dwindling resources are stressing political relations between countries of the SAARC region. Whilst these issues are rarely discussed in Europe, many decision makers in Asia are well aware of the manifold dimensions and impacts of topic. In a workshop, high-ranking representatives from the armed forces, diplomacy, academia, media and NGOs talked about the implications of climate change for the security in South Asia and discussed concrete solutions. more…

Johannes Vogel | Event Reports | December 1, 2017

Energy Security in ASEAN

Looking for Common Solutions and Responses at the Regional Level

In Cambodia, Lao P.D.R., Myanmar, and Vietnam, energy demand associated with population growth, rapid urbanization, and economic development is constantly rising. To ensure sustainable growth, effective policies to secure reliable, affordable and sufficient energy supply are needed. In a regional forum supported by KAS Cambodia, Dr. Peter Hefele, Director of KAS RECAP, spoke about opportunities and challenges for regional cooperation on energy matters. more…

Dr. Peter Hefele | Event Reports | November 28, 2017

German Energiewende: Lessons for Korea

Making Energy Transitions Successful

After signing the Paris Agreement, many countries have intensified efforts in decarbonizing their energy systems to address climate change. In Asia, Germany is often seen as a role-model and forerunner in energy transformation. At the World Energy Council's International Energy Symposium 2017 in Seoul, Dr. Peter Hefele, Director of KAS RECAP, shared his insights into the latest development of German energy reform and discussed its implications for Asia. more…

Dr. Peter Hefele | Event Reports | November 22, 2017

Carbon Trading from an Investment Perspective

ETS Experience Sharing between Europe and Asia

Emissions trading systems have been increasingly adopted by European and Asian countries. They serve as a key market-based policy instrument to mitigate climate change. However, its perceived role as a driver of low-carbon investments is not yet to be fully explored. A workshop on the investment perspective of Emissions Trading System and carbon trading was held by KAS RECAP, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore on 17 November 2017 in Hongkong. more…

Eric Lee | Event Reports | November 17, 2017