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Asia-Pacific Climate Digest: Issue# 39 Week 4 Dec 2021

Compiled by Purnima Joshi

The Asia-Pacific region is slowly coming around to accepting the inevitability of extreme weather events due to climate change. And some action is afoot in different sectors and businesses towards sustainable development and green business.

COP26 may have had climate deniers but it certainly did get Asian companies in global supply chains, IT and banking sectors to seek to lower their carbon footprint. Singapore, Thailand, and the rest of the region, are seeking for governments and businesses to work together in the post pandemic future with emphasis on ESG practices to tackle climate change. Though as of now, the path towards net zero is quite unclear.

COP26 may have had most countries make climate commitments but who will judge their climate plans remains a rhetorical question!

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More companies in Asia seek carbon offsets after COP26, says industry exec

The Edge Markets, 10 Dec, 2021

Asia's demand for carbon offsets is picking up as more companies in global supply chains, IT and banking sectors seek to lower their carbon footprint, following the COP26 November Glasgow Climate Pact, the head of Asian exchange said

Path to net zero still unclear, say Aussie super funds

Asian Investor, 9 Dec, 2021

In the wake of COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference in November in Glasgow, UK, companies are starting to draw up short-term carbon emissions targets.

Who will be the judge of countries' climate plans?

Channel News Asia, 12 Dec 2021

Countries have until the end of next year to ensure their climate commitments meet the Paris agreement's cap on global warming. But who will check that their promises really do stack up?


Industry Voice: Establishing a more sustainable Asia investment

Investment Week, 10 Dec, 2021

Fidelity Sustainable Asia Equity Fund portfolio managers Dhananjay Phadnis and Flora Wang review how the region is measuring up in today’s world where more emphasis is rightly being placed on sustainability practices.

Governments, businesses need to work together to tackle climate change: Lawrence Wong

Channel News Asia, 9 Dec 2021

Even as Singapore continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, it also needs to plan for a post-pandemic future where climate change will be a major challenge, said Finance Minister Lawrence Wong on Thursday (Dec 9).

Adapt or else

Bangkok Post, 13 Dec 2021

Climate change is known to be an existential threat for humanity worldwide. Clear evidence of the challenge is the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events, at a high cost to the global economy.

Companies Are Responding to Climate Change: What About Yours?, 17 Dec 2021

While the cleaning industry spent the last year focused on the pandemic, 2021 has also presented enormous environmental and weather-related challenges.


A new transport agenda to carry Asia-Pacific towards sustainable development

Eco-Business, 15 Dec 2021

Transport ministers from across Asia and the Pacific are meeting this week to consider a potentially transformational agenda for how people and goods are moved around the region and across the globe.

South Asia faces environmental watershed amid climate change: Experts

IBC World News, 16 Dec 2021

South Asian region is facing an environmental watershed from rising sea levels endangering the Maldives and melting of glaciers affecting Nepal and Afghanistan to overdevelopment that threatens Tibet’s vital ecosystem and destabilization caused by climate-induced migration.


Commentary: Why India can't commit to phasing out coal just yet

Channel News Asia, 12 Dec 2021

India has come under heavy fire from climate activists for refusing to phase out coal in the Glasgow climate conference - and unjustifiably so, according to MP Shashi Tharoor.

India and China Can Quit Coal Earlier, But the World Must Work Alongside Them

The Diplomat, 9 Dec 2021

We need a much more ambitious global partnership on the phasing out of coal, one that thinks and acts beyond what is perceived as feasible today.

India votes against western nations-backed UNSC draft resolution on climate change

Wionews, 13 Dec 2021

India on Monday voted against United Nations Security Council's draft resolution which aimed to 'securitize' climate action undermining hard-won consensus in Glasgow.

Record figures in coal-fired power generation, with China and india in the lead

AsiaNews, 18 Dec 2021

According to the International Energy Agency, the global figure is set to rise by 9% this year, threatening climate change targets. Delhi had promised to reduce harmful emissions by 2070; Beijing by 2060: insufficient commitments, which remain words

on paper.


Transforming Asia's food system to tackle our food and climate crises

The Straits Times, 12 Dec 2021

The climate emergency could trigger a global food crisis. To prevent this, investors and companies are accelerating innovations to improve food security and sustainability while meeting changing consumer needs


Green finance: Sustainability-linked bonds boom as investors demand companies commit to fighting climate change

South China Morning Post, 12 Dec 2021

Borrowers have to set performance targets that carry a penalty in the form of higher coupon or interest rate if they are not met

Financial products linked to sustainability are the true test of a company’s green ambitions, says UBS


Indonesia and G-20 sees Jokowi on the world stage: Jakarta Post contributor

The Straits Times, 13 Dec 2021

The writer says the success of Indonesia hosting the G-20 summit will be linked to producing a comprehensive, sustainable plan to mitigate future outbreaks.


Bangladesh, Others Welcome Climate Change Investment | Opinion

Newsweek, 14 Dec 2021

Bangladesh emits less than half of 1 percent of the world's carbon dioxide but is among the most vulnerable countries to climate change's impacts.


New climate classes seek to teach Indian students green habits

Gulf News, 18 Dec 2021

Mumbai: Students in Maharashtra will start learning about worsening droughts, floods and storms on a hotter planet, and find out how to map and reduce their carbon footprint under the first climate-change school curriculum introduced by an Indian state.


Super Typhoon Rai: Dozens feared dead in Philippines

BBC News, 18 Dec 2021

More than 30 people are feared dead and many are missing after a devastating storm swept over the Philippines.


Global warming of 3C could cost US$1.6 trillion a year in lost labour

Eco-Business, 15 Dec 2021


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.


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