Opinion on Sustainability in Asia-Pacific

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China: new subsidy for electric cars may have major implications for the sector

The Chinese government is piloting a program for the subsidization of electric cars in five major cities across the country: Shanghai, Changchun, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Hefei. The move represents a huge business opportunity for the players involved across the electric vehicle value chain in China, and could lead to the nation becoming an international hub for the sector.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jun 2010
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CommentWire

New alliance highlights growing market for sustainable lighting products in Asia

The strategic alliance between Nichia and Sujana Energy is part of an ongoing trend whereby LED manufacturers are shifting their focus away from mature markets and toward emerging ones like India and China. This trend, which has seen lighting majors like Philips and Havells Sylvania launch their LED offerings in India, will continue alongside growth in Asia Pacific's sustainable lighting market.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jun 2010
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Expert View

Revolo joint venture has great potential for hybrid market

India-based engineering and IT development firm KPIT Cummins and automotive component manufacturer Bharat Forge have formed a joint venture for the mass production of the Revolo system, a new plug-in mild hybrid solution which can be retrofitted to vehicles. While details of the technology are limited at present, the Revolo system's potential both in India and further afield is enormous.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2010
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CommentWire

China emissions trading scheme: a step in the right direction

The Chinese government is currently setting up a state-guided carbon market, aimed to be in operation by 2014, which will see Chinese firms set "half-mandatory" emission reduction targets. While the country's appetite for economic growth raises concerns about how effective any emissions trading scheme might be, the scheme at least represents an acceptance of responsibility by China.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jun 2010
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CommentWire

Australia: government should look to optimize the value of its finite resources

The recently announced 'super' profits tax on the mining sector in Australia has led to a heated debate about its implications. Although the opposition is using the subject as pre-election campaigning material and the mining industry sees it as a serious sovereign risk concern, discussions over Australia's economic prosperity and the importance of its finite resources have largely been avoided.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2010
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Low-temperature, low-pressure systems could take waste heat recovery into the mainstream

A growing number of eco-awards are being won by process heat recovery systems. The Aqua-Society, for example, won the 2010 German Sustainability Award for its production of electricity from low-pressure waste steam at temperatures as low as 70 degrees Celsius. While such capabilities could help popularize the technology, it remains to be seen whether it can match the success of wind and solar.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jun 2010
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CommentWire

Australia: new administration to revive climate change policy

Julia Gillard, the recently appointed Australian prime minister, has named climate change as one of her top priorities should her party be re-elected. This indicates that some form of carbon pricing policy will be enacted in the near future, rather than being postponed until 2013 as previously planned.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2010
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Banking reform: addressing the sustainability of banking business models

The financial crisis has highlighted the fragility of banking business models which are based on high levels of risk and low reserves. In the aftermath of the crisis, many banks are aiming to demonstrate that sustainability is making its way onto their agendas. However, there is currently little evidence that this is indeed the case.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2010
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Japan and Australia: changes in leadership could radically alter both countries' energy markets

The prime ministers of Australia and Japan have both stepped down, in the hope that their replacements will be better placed to win their forthcoming elections. Energy policies were a key factor in both resignations, and therefore the impact of these new appointments on the domestic energy markets in both countries could be substantial.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2010
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Impressive growth in renewable energy capacity continues

New UN figures show that, despite the global recession and lackluster climate change talks, 2009 saw more renewable power generation capacity installed than traditional fossil fuel capacity. Having already negotiated such a difficult period, fears that the clean energy investment bubble is about to burst are unfounded.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2010

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