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Cambodia’s Energy Transition

Presentation of a Research Study

Rapid economic development, a young and fast-growing population, severe impacts of climate change and the aim of providing stable and affordable energy and consumption in a sustainable way: These challenges lay at the heart of any discussions on sustainable development in South East Asia. Cambodia, still one of the poorest countries in ASEAN, is a good example in this respect. more…

Dr. Peter Hefele | Event Reports | March 14, 2018


Cambodia, likewise to other developing countries, is facing a twofold problem which can only solved by a compromise: On the one hand, energy demand is rising sharply and increasing electricity production is essential for further economic and social development. On the other hand, impacts by climate change are already visible and the local use of fossil fuels must be reduced in order to avoid graver impacts. An energy transition however is hampered by insufficient regulations. This study, conducted by Enrich Institute for KAS RECAP, assesses the current situation and future implications. more…

March 14, 2018

Assessing the Energiewende

An International Expert Review

In view of the enormous challenges of the “Energiewende”, every new German government must ask itself the following question: How can we reconcile our long-term goal with the need to ensure a reliable, cost-effective and resource-saving energy supply also in the short to medium term? What’s more, with its “Energiewende”, Germany aspires to play an international leading role – from political, economic, ecological, social, technological, geo-strategic and security policy points of view. Against this backdrop, four international experts analyze the progress made so far and make recommendations. more…

Thomas Cunningham, Annika Hedberg, Syed Nazakat, Lixia Yao | March 1, 2018

Lessons of the German Energy Transition for South Korea

South Korea imports roughly 97 percent of its primary energy from abroad. This comes along with one of the highest per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the world. Right after the presidential election in spring 2017, President Moon Jae-in announced a dramatic shift in national energy politics. He released an ambitious plan for energy transition. In this respect, the German “Energiewende” (energy transition) might provide some important lessons to be learnt both in conceptualisation as well as in implementation. more…

Event Reports | February 28, 2018

Smart Cities in Asia-Pacific

Making Sustainable Transitions Successful

The future is "urban" - not only in Asia! But current urbanisation is far from being sustainable. What are the most important challenges for Asian cities? Is becoming "a smart city" the solution? What does "smartness" mean in Asia? more…

Dr. Peter Hefele | Event Reports | February 12, 2018