Potential Harmonisation of Emission Trading Systems (ETS): China and Southeast Asia

This study aims to investigate the new national emissions trading scheme in China and selected countries in Southeast Asia that are about to develop carbon pricing.

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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.

Contextualising Blue Economy in Asia-Pacific Region

Exploring Pathways for a Regional Cooperation Framework

This Policy Brief studies the current status of ocean economy in Asia-Pacific and explores the future development of blue economy framework in order to achieve SDG-14 - Life Below Water.

Resilience of Renewable Energy in Asia Pacific to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Regional Study

Under the support of KAS RECAP, the Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore conducted a study to examine the performance of fossil fuels and renewable energy amid the COVID‑19 pandemic in the Asia Pacific region. Taking the impacts of the COVID‑19 crisis into account, it analyses the change of policies, energy mix and investment on the energy sources in depth in selected Asian countries.

Perception of the Planned EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism in Asia Pacific

An Expert Survey

The European Union is planning to introduce a carbon border adjustment mechanism. The survey maps the views of stakeholders and experts in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand on the scheme.

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Klimapartnerschaften als Baustein einer strategischen Außenpolitik

In vielen Schwellenländern gibt es Potenzial, Treibhausgas-Emissionen zu reduzieren. Klimapartnerschaften bieten sich hierbei als Instrument an

Längst ist der Klimawandel zu einem zentralen Bereich der internationalen Politik geworden. Grund dafür ist der Charakter des Problems: Nur wenn alle mitziehen, kann der Ausstoß von klimaschädlichen Gasen effizient verringert werden. Neben multilateralen Konferenzen können auch bilaterale Klimapartnerschaften ein Werkzeug der internationalen Politik sein.

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.

Water Security, Pandemic and Climate Change.

Incorporating Public Health into Future Water Policy: Perspectives from South Asian Countries

This study aims to explore the dynamics between public health and water security under the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in all eight South Asian countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Experts from these countries have been asked what the current and future situations are in relation to water security and the pandemic, and how the pandemic reveals the relation and dynamic between water security and public health. The data displayed in this publication are until late August.

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.

Scarcity in Abundance – The Structural Obstacles in Achieving Water Security in South Asia

Until 2020, South Asia has been experiencing rapid economic development, but it is one of the regions that are most vulnerable to climate change as well. The major reason is water security issue. South Asian countries acknowledge the water scarcity is current and serious, but paradoxically, the region is not short of water supply in itself. This “scarcity in abundance” phenomenon creates a peculiar challenge for South Asian countries. Before they can proceed to tackling water scarcity, first the region needs to resolve the underlying structural obstacles that have been hindering the effectiveness of any water policy.