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Short political reports of the KAS offices abroad

The White House / Adam Schultz

In the Run-Up to the Climate Summit

Can the USA Set the Tone for International Climate Protection with its New Claim to Leadership?

The US President Joe Biden invited over 40 heads of State and Government to a virtual climate summit on 22 April 2021. The climate summit will be decisive for the future role of the US in international climate politics. Already during the electoral campaign, Biden declared climate protection to be a priority of his political agenda. How the US’ renewed claim to leadership in climate protection is being perceived worldwide is summarised below for the regions of Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East.

Strategische Klimapolitik: Chinas Emissionshandel


Der Klimaschutz ist für China zu einem strategisch wichtigen Politikfeld geworden. Die Einführung eines nationalen Emissionshandels unterstreicht diese Sichtweise, besonders im Hinblick auf die zunehmende CO2-Bepreisung weltweit. Der Europäischen Union und ihrem geplanten CO2-Grenzausgleich könnte China damit zudem entgegen- und einer transatlantischen Klimapolitik zuvorkommen.

Green Recovery in Asia

In Asien ist die Finanzierung von Klimaschutzmaßnahmen in Corona-Pandemie bedingten Wiederaufbauplänen keine Priorität. Die asiatische Klimaschutzpolitik ist dadurch kurzfristig ausgebremst aber nicht ausgesetzt. Die Entwicklung ambitionierter Klimaschutzziele mit Blick auf das Klimaabkommen von Paris könnte dadurch jedoch beeinträchtigt werden.

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Pandemie und Energiesicherheit:

Force Majeure in Asien

Das Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 trifft die asiatischen Energiemärkte mit voller Wucht. Der Nachfrageeinbruch für Öl, Gas und Kohle sowie die unterbrochenen Wertschöpfungsketten, u.a. bei der Herstellung von Solarpanels, können Energieversorgungsstrukturen verändern und den Klimaschutz gefährden.

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.

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.

Podcast: Energy and climate change in India – Challenges and perspectives

Interview with Prof. Shreekant Gupta | Singapore

India will soon overtake China in its number of population. Lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty remains the priority of India’s policy. Energy demands will therefore increase dramatically in the years to come. The same time, the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation are already heavily felt in the country. How can India bridge the challenges of development and climate change mitigation? Listen to Professor Shreekant Gupta, one of the leading experts in India on energy and climate change policy.

Podcast: The Future of Oil and Gas

Interview with Prof. Paul Stevens | London

Dr. Peter Hefele, KAS RECAP Hongkong, talks to Professor Paul Stevens, distinguished fellow at Chatham House, London, on the future of global energy markets and the Middle East.

Podcast: The future of the Paris Climate Agreement after Donald Trump´s decision to leave

Interview with Dr. Peter Hefele

The decision of US-President Trump to leave the Paris Climate Agreement, has triggered a fierce debate on the future of global climate change policy. Is Paris now dead? What are the consequences for Asia? Listen to Dr. Peter Hefele, Director KAS RECAP, in an interview with Stefan Stahlberg, KAS Berlin. The interview was held in German.

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.

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