Politics of Decarbonization in Asia-Pacific

Webinar Series

Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change (RECAP) will host a series of workshops discussing decarbonization policies in Asia-Pacific. Experts will do a in-depth research on certain topics. A publication regarding the research will be released.



The impacts of climate change in the form of more frequent extreme weather events such as typhoons, droughts or rising sea levels are becoming increasingly apparent worldwide. The narrative that it endangers human livelihoods and increases the existing security policy risks in terms of conflicts over water or migration, has led to the adoption of multilateral agreements such as the Paris Climate Agreement and the restructuring of numerous national energy supply systems to reduce CO2 emissions.

The decarbonization of energy supply in the leading industrial nations will lead to a significant change in resource consumption worldwide. The rapid global expansion of renewable energy was remarkable in recent years. More renewable energy represents an increase in the electrification of the energy supply as a whole, which will lead to an increase in electricity trading and the cross-border construction of shared networks. This goes hand in hand with the digitization and decentralization of energy supply structures. Cyber security is therefore also becoming a critical element for maintaining network stability. The transport of hydrogen by sea and land will increase and possibly result in new safety-relevant bottlenecks. The demand for resources will change structurally and qualitatively. Lithium, cobalt, rare earths and other raw materials necessary for the construction of renewable energy systems and electricity storage systems will create new trade relations and thus new dependencies. The ability to develop innovative and low-cost solutions for large-scale decarbonization of the entire economic systems is increasingly becoming a geostrategic factor. The decline in the demand for fossil raw materials will primarily affect countries that are highly dependent on these revenues. In many of these countries, there is limited capacity to adapt to this trend. In addition, many of these “petro-states” are in a fragile situation in terms of security policy. The medium-term lack of income from the export of fossil fuels due to decarbonization could exacerbate regional security risks.


Focused Topic

1. New Resources

2. Old Resources

3. Politics of Taxonomy

4. Politics of Carbon Pricing

5. Hydrogen

​​​​​​​6. Technology Race of Climate Innovation

7. Cross-boundary Electrification

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Dr. Christian Hübner


Leiter des Regionalprogramms Energiesicherheit und Klimawandel Asien und Pazifik +852 28822245