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Podcast: Cities as global actors in combating climate change

Interview with Professor Dr. Maria Francesch, Hong Kong

For decades nation states have been the main drivers and often also objectors in international climate policy. The COP21 conference in Paris has seen a range of new influential actors: NGOs, multinational companies – and cities. They all contributed much to the progress made in Paris. Therefore global climate change policy is no longer an exclusive domain of nation states. more…

Dr. Peter Hefele | Country Reports | May 17, 2017

Social market economy going global?

Towards an Asia-Europe partnership in global economic governance

After the Second World War the modell of the "Social Market Economy" (Soziale Marktwirtschaft) has transformed Germany into an economically and socially prosperous country. What can other regions learn from the ideas of Ludwig Erhard, the father of Germany´s "Wirtschaftswunder" (economic miracle)? Dr. Peter Hefele, Director of RECAP, discusses the current situation, opportunities and perspectives in Asia from the perspective of the Social Market Economy and asks for fields of cooperation between Asia and Europe in achieving a more sustainable economic and social development. more…

Dr. Peter Hefele | May 1, 2017

Towards an Integrated ASEAN Electricity Market

HAPUA-UNESCAP Meeting in Jakarta

The ASEAN Vision 2020 emphasises the need to construct energy networks across ASEAN. The ASEAN Power Grid (APG) was created as the flagship of this vision to achieve three objectives: (a) achieve long-term security, availability, and reliability of energy supply; (b) optimise the region’s energy resources (c) allow access to affordable energy across the region. At a workshop in Jakarta, the Heads of ASEAN Power Utilities/Authorities (HAPUA) in cooperation with UNESCAP invited international experts to find out more about regional power integration models and their suitability for ASEAN. more…

Dr. Peter Hefele | Event Reports | April 21, 2017

Global Emissions Reductions and the German "Energiewende"

Presentation of an international KAS survey

The Paris Agreement on climate change (COP21) aims at limiting global warming to well below two degrees Celsius. This can only be achieved through a fast and dramatic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). A new study by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) took a closer look at the emissions reduction policies of the world’s four largest producers of GHG: China, India, Russia and the USA – and examined how they view the German "Energiewende" (energy transition). more…

Dr. Peter Hefele | Event Reports | April 3, 2017

Seeking for Asia-Euro Sustainable Development

Luncheon discussion with European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan

More than 50 participants from academia and business attended a luncheon discussion on "Sustainable Management" at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taipeh/Taiwan. The European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan ECCT, in cooperation with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung RECAP and ESSCA management school Shanghai, had invited to this event to debate fields of common interests in sustainable development between Taiwan, Asia and Europe. more…

Event Reports | March 19, 2017