Publications

Legacies of Geopolitical Insularity for Urban Energy Transitions Today

Electricity Generation and Use in Singapore and Kota Kinabalu

Low carbon urban transitions are pursued as means to tackle the challenges posed by climate change to urban energy resource flows and services. Research has, so far, been concerned with accounts as to the what, how and why of these low carbon urban transitions, largely omitting how historical legacies in cities’ energy policies and practices affect today’s transitions. The research project by Dr. Maria Francesch, KAS RECAP's Consultant offers insights into the role of path dependency in the energy development in Singapore and Malaysia.

Singapore's Prospective Carbon Taxes and Energy Efficiency Measures

An Analysis of market-based tools

Two years after the Paris COP21 Conference, the scope, modes and monitoring mechanisms of how to finance a low-carbon transition are widely debated. As direct subsidisation of renewable energies has been more and more criticised due to distorting incentives and high fiscal burdens for the consumer, carbon taxation and market-oriented solutions like Emission Trade Systems (ETS) are now considered as the most effective instruments for the decarbonisation of energy systems. Against this background, KAS RECAP commissioned two studies on essential aspects of Singapore's energy transformation.

Governance Challenges of Flood-prone Delta Cities

Integrating Flood Risk Management and Climate Change in Spatial Planning

Delta cities are increasingly exposed to the risks of climate change, particularly to flooding. As a consequence, a variety of new spatial development visions, strategies, plans and programmes are being developed by city governments in delta regions to address these risks and challenges. Dr. Maria Francesch-Huidobro, a consultant to KAS RECAP, co-authored a publication on examining infrastructural and climate-related problems of urban planning in delta cities.

Access to clean and efficient energy in developing countries

The need for EU action to implement SDG7

Universal access to energy is yet to become a reality. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 1.2 billion people currently live without access to electricity.

Asian Cities in Transnational Networks on Climate Change

Act Global, Think Urban: Hong Kong & Singapore

This paper explores the experiences of two iconic Asian cities – Singapore and Hong Kong – as members of transnational urban networks on climate change. It sets their activities within the C40 and SEANCC networks in the context of existing knowledge on transnational urban networks of climate change and provides thereby a pioneering study of Asian cities in these networks.

Power Interconnection in the ASEAN Region

Lessons Learnt from International Experience

This paper discusses the development of power interconnection in ASEAN, focusing on the recently announced interconnection concept between Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore (LTMS). As templates, the authors use the evolutionary experience of electricity interconnection and trade in three international markets that have relevance for ASEAN, specifically: the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), European electricity markets, and Nord Pool.

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.

COMPENSATING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS?

PRIORITIES FOR RESEARCH AND PUBLIC POLICY

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.

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.