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Access to clean and efficient energy in developing countries

The need for EU action to implement SDG7

Universal access to energy is yet to become a reality. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 1.2 billion people currently live without access to electricity. more…

Johannes Hügel, Romain Pardo | November 15, 2017

Power Interconnection in the ASEAN Region

Lessons Learnt from International Experience

This paper discusses the development of power interconnection in ASEAN, focusing on the recently announced interconnection concept between Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore (LTMS). As templates, the authors use the evolutionary experience of electricity interconnection and trade in three international markets that have relevance for ASEAN, specifically: the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), European electricity markets, and Nord Pool. more…

Anton Finenko, Prof. Anthony (Tony) David Owen, Jacqueline Tao | November 6, 2017

Asian Cities in Transnational Networks on Climate Change

Act Global, Think Urban: Hong Kong & Singapore

This paper explores the experiences of two iconic Asian cities – Singapore and Hong Kong – as members of transnational urban networks on climate change. It sets their activities within the C40 and SEANCC networks in the context of existing knowledge on transnational urban networks of climate change and provides thereby a pioneering study of Asian cities in these networks. more…

Dr. Maria Francesch-Huidobro, Dr. Yolanda Mengyan Yu, Dr. Timothy Moss, Melissa Low | November 6, 2017

World Energy Outlook 2017

The current state and future prospects of the global energy market

The International Energy Agency is publishing the most comprehensive yearly general outlook on energy. The World Energy Outlook 2017 assesses and analyses the current status of energy production, supply and consumption in different regions and provides well-funded and comprehensive projections for the next two decades. A special focus of this year's edition is on China, the world's largest producer and consumer of electric energy. more…

November 1, 2017

Podcast: East Asian Energy Security

Keeping the Lights on During the Transition

The electricity sector is vital for modern society. Policy makers, regulators and the industry have to ensure that electricity remains affordable and secure. But, national and international climate targets have to be met, too. National energy systems in Asia are under massive pressure to cope with these, sometimes contradicting goals. The rapid rise of renewable energies and discussion about decarbonization have questioned traditional business models, not only in the energy sector. In the audio podcast, Antony Froggatt shared insights into the latest energy development in Europe and Asia. more…

Eric Lee | Country Reports | October 20, 2017