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The Role of Electricity in the Energy Transformation

The large economies in East Asia have begun with a comprehensive reorganization of their energy sector. They want to decrease their dependence on resources from other regions and structure their grid more efficiently. The electricity sector plays a crucial role in this process. In a joint breakfast seminar of KAS RECAP and Chatham House, Antony Froggatt, a researcher at Chatham House/London spoke about the prospects for the region. more…

Johannes Vogel | Event Reports | October 12, 2017

Podcast: European and Chinese Energy Security Policy

Interview with Mr. Stratos Pourzitakis | Hong Kong

The "great game" on energy and natural resources is back in geopolitics. The European Union sees the "Energy Union" as one of its main strategic objectives. China´s foreign policy is largely shaped by securing access to commodities for its further economic rise and wealth of its population. Mr. Stratos Pourzitakis, Lead Researcher at Asian Private Banker, Hong Kong, discusses future developments in Eurasian energy politics with Dr. Peter Hefele, Director KAS RECAP. more…

Dr. Peter Hefele | Country Reports | September 28, 2017

Bridging Civil Society and Government Policies

Civil Society Forum on the Environment at Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment 2017

As a preparatory meeting for the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment in early September 2017, the Civil Society Organizations’ Forum on the Environment brought together civil society groups from Asian countries to discuss current environmental issues in the region and coordinate their joint engagements with UN agencies and national governments. The results will be presented at the global UN Environmental Ministers´ meeting in Nairobi in November 2017. more…

Eric Lee | Event Reports | September 20, 2017



The Paris Agreement and the following discussion processes have highlighted the urgent need of the global community to develop mechanisms of compensating Loss and Damage (L&D) caused by climate change. Opinions differ widely as how such compensation shall be designed. KAS RECAP and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) have published a policy paper featuring innovative solutions. more…

Prof Dr Detlef F. Sprinz, Dr. Peter Hefele | September 11, 2017

Governing Climate Change in Hong Kong

Prospects for market mechanisms in the context of emissions trading in China

A new study of KAS RECAP's consultant, Dr Maria Francesch-Huidobro, sheds light on Hong Kong's potential role in the national emissions trading scheme in China. It reviews the policy challenges to Hong Kong and discusses the prospects to govern climate change by using market mechanisms. more…

Dr. Maria Francesch-Huidobro | August 25, 2017