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Legacies of Geopolitical Insularity for Urban Energy Transitions Today

Electricity Generation and Use in Singapore and Kota Kinabalu

Low carbon urban transitions are pursued as means to tackle the challenges posed by climate change to urban energy resource flows and services. Research has, so far, been concerned with accounts as to the what, how and why of these low carbon urban transitions, largely omitting how historical legacies in cities’ energy policies and practices affect today’s transitions. The research project by Dr. Maria Francesch, KAS RECAP's Consultant offers insights into the role of path dependency in the energy development in Singapore and Malaysia. more…

Dr. Maria Francesch-Huidobro | December 20, 2017

Singapore's Prospective Carbon Taxes and Energy Efficiency Measures

An Analysis of market-based tools

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 19, 2017

Increasing Energy Efficency through Retrofitting

Simple calculator tool for facility managers and investors in Hongkong released

Energy efficient retrofitting of commercial buildings bears a large potential of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Hong Kong and other Asian cities. The Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change in Asia Pafic of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS RECAP) and the Hong Kong Business Environment Council (BEC) launched a guide and calculation tools for owners and managers of buildings to implement energy efficient measures. more…

Johannes Vogel | Event Reports | December 12, 2017

Governance Challenges of Flood-prone Delta Cities

Integrating Flood Risk Management and Climate Change in Spatial Planning

Delta cities are increasingly exposed to the risks of climate change, particularly to flooding. As a consequence, a variety of new spatial development visions, strategies, plans and programmes are being developed by city governments in delta regions to address these risks and challenges. Dr. Maria Francesch-Huidobro, a consultant to KAS RECAP, co-authored a publication on examining infrastructural and climate-related problems of urban planning in delta cities. more…

Dr. Maria Francesch-Huidobro | December 11, 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