Event Reports - Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change Asia-Pacific (RECAP)
Climate change and the security sector in South Asia
Implications for armed forces, politics and society
Climate change has multifold impacts on the security situation in South Asia. Increasing migration flows and competition for the access to dwindling resources are stressing political relations between countries of the SAARC region. Whilst these issues are rarely discussed in Europe, many decision makers in Asia are well aware of the manifold dimensions and impacts of topic. In a workshop, high-ranking representatives from the armed forces, diplomacy, academia, media and NGOs talked about the implications of climate change for the security in South Asia and discussed concrete solutions.
Energy Security in ASEAN
Looking for Common Solutions and Responses at the Regional Level
In Cambodia, Lao P.D.R., Myanmar, and Vietnam, energy demand associated with population growth, rapid urbanization, and economic development is constantly rising. To ensure sustainable growth, effective policies to secure reliable, affordable and sufficient energy supply are needed. In a regional forum supported by KAS Cambodia, Dr. Peter Hefele, Director of KAS RECAP, spoke about opportunities and challenges for regional cooperation on energy matters.
German Energiewende: Lessons for Korea
Making Energy Transitions Successful
After signing the Paris Agreement, many countries have intensified efforts in decarbonizing their energy systems to address climate change. In Asia, Germany is often seen as a role-model and forerunner in energy transformation. At the World Energy Council's International Energy Symposium 2017 in Seoul, Dr. Peter Hefele, Director of KAS RECAP, shared his insights into the latest development of German energy reform and discussed its implications for Asia.
Carbon Trading from an Investment Perspective
ETS Experience Sharing between Europe and Asia
Emissions trading systems have been increasingly adopted by European and Asian countries. They serve as a key market-based policy instrument to mitigate climate change. However, its perceived role as a driver of low-carbon investments is not yet to be fully explored. A workshop on the investment perspective of Emissions Trading System and carbon trading was held by KAS RECAP, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore on 17 November 2017 in Hongkong.
Mapping the Global and Local Landscape of Green Bond Markets
Strategic Role of Hong Kong in Green Finance
As an international financial center, Hong Kong plays a key role in facilitating green financing. The latest publication from Our Hongkong Foundation, one of Hong Kong’s leading think tank outlines the current development of the green bond market in China and in Hong Kong, and provides various recommendations to local stakeholders from the public and private sector.
ENERGY SECURITY IN ASIA
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.
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.
REDUCTION OF CLIMATE POLLUTION AND INCREASE OF EFFICIENCY IN THE FIELD OF COAL USAGE
On 13th of July, a round table was held at the city of Temirtau, organized by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Office in Astana in cooperation with JSC ArcelorMittal Temirtau and Kazakhstan’s renewable energy Association. Energy was the main topic of the round table: ’REDUCTION OF CLIMATE POLLUTION AND INCREASE OF EFFICIENCY IN THE FIELD OF COAL USAGE’. During the whole session of the round table, guests and participants were presenting their reports and were actively engaged in discussions.
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