Asia-Pacific Climate Digest Issue #37 Week 4, Nov 2021

Compiled by Purnima Joshi


The Glasgow Climate Pact signed last month at the UN climate change conference (COP26) will accelerate the shift from coal to a more sustainable energy supply in Asia, in the lead is Indonesia who signed a pair of agreements with Denmark that aim to boost the large Asian nation’s green and sustainable development goals. Also, a recent report called for Australia to reimagine its strong relations with Japan beyond just regional security and trade, as climate change together with China's assertiveness rock global structures.


As developing countries in Asia make up more than half the global population and contribute about a quarter of the world’s economy, it is no surprise that the region is expected to drive the lion’s share of global energy demand growth in the next decade. Amidst this news, Philippines announced it will share the inroads it has made in translating theories on addressing climate change into actionable projects on the ground with other ASEAN peers to help accelerate adaptation and mitigation efforts meant to avert catastrophic global heating.

In the corporate sector and closer to home here in Malaysia, Shell breaks ground on Asia's largest plastic waste to chemical feedstock plant.


And there’s more in this edition, so Happy Reading!



ENVIRONMENT


Five sustainable cooling solutions that can help South Asia deal with global warming

ScrollIn, 20 Nov 2021

From painting roofs to geothermal air conditioning systems, these tools can help address the growing problem of heat stress.


Read further ...



With La Niña conditions returning, is it good news for tropical forests?

Eco-Business, 23 Nov 2021

Although the current conditions emerge toward the end of the fire season in the Amazon and Indonesia, experts say these biomes will benefit from wet conditions conducive to forest and peatland growth and recovery.

Read further ...



It’s Sink Or Swim For Asia Pacific’s Big Cities In War On Climate Change – Analysis

Eurasia Review, 24 Nov 2021

At the end of October 2021, in one of the biggest annual climate gatherings, COP26 aimed to secure global net-zero emissions by mid-century.

Read further ...



Building owners, tenants, regulators must come together to reduce carbon footprint

Business Times, 24 Nov 2021

RUSHABH Desai, Asia-Pacific chief executive officer (CEO) of Allianz Real Estate, sees opportunities for asset owners to set the climate change agenda in the real estate industry.

Read further ...



PACIFIC REGION


Climate change, China tensions call for stronger Japan-Australia ties: report

The Canberra Times, 21 Nov 2021

A new report has called for Australia to reimagine its strong relations with Japan beyond just regional security and trade, as climate change and China's assertiveness rock global structures.

Read further ...



SOUTH-EAST ASIA