Asia-Pacific Climate Digest Issue # 15 : Week 4, June 2021

Compiled by Purnima Joshi


As the Asian region slowly limps back to normal after the Covid-19 pandemic, the need to shift the focus back on the pursuit of sustainable development and take action on global climate change is imperative. While Asian businesses vote to align to climate change resolutions, and populations switch to ethical consumption and green living, some Central Asian states are undertaking green energy and green economy programs that promise to bring significant environmental, economic and social change to the region.


In this week's issue, we have articles on wind farms in Laos to supply electricity to Vietnam, bold action needed in the energy sector in Asia, China's role in logistics industry's decarbonization, US-China competition good for climate change action, and more...



ENERGY


Laos to sell Vietnam its wind power with Mitsubishi's help

Nikkei Asia, 17 Jun 2021

Japanese trading conglomerate Mitsubishi Corp. will develop a massive onshore wind farm in Laos that will supply electricity to Vietnam.


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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE


Sumitomo shareholders reject climate change resolution

Japan Today, 19 Jun 2021

Sumitomo Corp shareholders on Friday defeated a resolution requiring the Japanese trading house to align its business with international targets on climate change, in a vote at their annual general meeting.

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Bank of Japan to launch new scheme for fighting climate change, keeps policy steady

Channel News Asia, 18 Jun 2021


The Bank of Japan unveiled a plan on Friday (Jun 18) to boost funding for fighting climate change, in a surprise move underscoring the importance of the issue for central banks.

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CHINA


China a crucial player in logistics industry's decarbonization: Maersk

Ecns.cn ; 19 Jun 2021

China will play a crucial role in ensuring that the global logistics industry responds effectively to the climate change challenge, said Ditlev Blicher, managing director of Maersk Asia Pacific.

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How US-China competition in addressing climate change could benefit Southeast Asia

South China Morning Post, 20 Jun 2021

Recent tensions between the US and China escalated due to a trade war before being complicated by the coronavirus pandemic and compounded further by a global economic recession, revealing a sharper and deeper rivalry.

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ASIA


Asia needs bold action on climate change

The Daily Star, 19 Jun 2021

As the Asia-Pacific region confronts and recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, we must continue our pursuit of sustainable development and take action on global climate change, the existential challenge of our time.

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FINANCE


Green Investment Receives a Boost in Kazakhstan

The Jamestown Foundation, 15 Jun 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic recovery in Central Asia is taking an unexpectedly green turn. Three of the five Central Asian states boast large hydrocarbon resources and, ever since becoming independent from the Soviet Union 30 years ago, have relied primarily on oil and natural gas revenues.

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LIFESTYLE


Bhuman Promoting sustainable consumption top-of-mind for waterless beauty brand founded by ex-Amazon VP

Cosmeticsdesign-asia.com, 16 Jun 2021

An ex-Amazon VP who founded waterless Singapore start-up Bhuman says early interest from big-name retailers won’t deter its focus on promoting sustainable consumption and insists there is no merit in growing the brand “just for the sake of growing”.

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HEALTH


India’s dietary guidelines have 4.5 times lower carbon footprint than United States’

Scroll.in ; 18 Jun 2021

Growing conversations on climate change in the context of reducing greenhouse gas emissions have sparked more meaningful conversations on dietary diversity, ethical consumption and planetary health in recent years with many celebrities also embracing the “green living” chatter.

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EVENTS


VIDEO WATCH


First Boat to Make its own Hydrogen Fuel from Seawater


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ADDITIONAL READS

Yinson invests in Singapore’s Oyika to drive EV adoption in SE Asia

The Malaysian Reserve, 23 Jun 2021


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High-density population and displacement in Bangladesh

Science, 18 Jun 2021


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Global warming is changing the Indian monsoon

Mint Lounge, 18 Jun 2021


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Don't feel hungry when it’s hot? Some animals in Australia are starving as climate change drives up temperatures

ChannelNewsAsia, 21 Jun 2021

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Global Warming Already Responsible for 1 in 3 Heat-Related Deaths

SciTechDaily, 18 Jun 2021


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Climate Change May Lead to More Landfalling Tropical Cyclones in China

Mirage, 21 Jun 2021


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CGM's Asia-Pacific Climate Digest is compiled by communications consultant Purnima Joshi.

With over two decades of experience in corporate communications, Purnima combines her skills in creative and communication along with her passion for working for the community.

She has worked on a multitude of projects in waste management, circular economy, building active citizenship in the community, some of which have won awards.

These also include a project on building climate resilience for UNICEF as well as some award-winning projects. She has been associated with several NGOs in an advisory capacity for over 10 years.