Opinion on Sustainability in Asia-Pacific

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Australia: green voters could make the difference for Labor in key marginals

After only weeks in office, new prime minister Julia Gillard of the Labor Party has cast doubt over Australia's future green policy plans by calling a general election. One of the key issues during the election will be environmental policy, especially after Kevin Rudd failed to implement an emissions trading scheme. As such, Labor's deal with the Greens could secure vital votes for the party.

Published By Datamonitor
23 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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Water management: risks and opportunities

Water is increasingly becoming a critical business resource, with new estimates suggesting that, by 2030, the volume of the global water market could be a thousand times bigger than that of oil. While the simultaneous fall in water supplies will leave governments and corporations around the world needing to consider their water risk exposure, many business opportunities will also arise.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Aug 2010
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China: hoping to establish a carbon emissions trading scheme by 2015

While the US has seemingly abandoned plans for a national emissions trading scheme, Chinese officials have been discussing the implementation of such a system in order to curb the country's increasing carbon emissions. With the US reducing investment into clean energy, China is now a front-runner in the renewable energy race.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Aug 2010
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The biorefineries value chain could be worth $300 billion by 2030, but Europe may miss out

According to the World Economic Forum, the value chain around biorefineries might be worth $300 billion by 2030. Europe is in a uniquely favorable position to capture some of this, but unless it has the political will to do so, Brazil, China, Indonesia and the US are likely to reap the benefits.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Aug 2010
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3D Fast Bus: overtaking more conventional green automotive innovations

According to a recent Datamonitor survey, consumers worldwide are becoming increasingly interested in energy efficient cars. However, congestion remains a concern, and in an attempt to tackle this issue, a revolutionary new type of bus is set to be pilot tested in Beijing, which will address the problem by simply driving above passenger cars, without the need for a separate track.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Aug 2010
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India must grasp the geothermal energy opportunity

Within the renewables space, India has traditionally invested in wind power and, more recently, solar power. However, it has yet to realize the untapped potential of geothermal energy, despite being one of the first countries to begin geothermal projects in the 1970s. Datamonitor believes that utilizing geothermal energy resources will allow India to address its severe energy supply-demand gap.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Aug 2010
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Banks are wary of environmental risks, but a switch to green lending is not inevitable

Some of the world's biggest banks will make it increasingly difficult for companies involved in controversial industries to get funding for future projects. Growing environmental scrutiny is making it harder for lenders to finance polluting industries without suffering a blow to their reputation, but a continued focus on profit means improved lending for green ventures is far from guaranteed.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Sep 2010
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Japan's aging population is good news for companies offering green products and services

Japanese consumers are very environmentally aware, with a green outlook that largely translates into corresponding behavior. Indeed, only around 5% are distinctly non-green. Companies that provide environmentally sound offerings will be able to access the sales potential of Japan's older population in particular, as the over-55s show the greenest attitudes.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Sep 2010
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The future of the global refinery industry lies in developing economies

Facing declining margins, looming refinery overcapacity and divestitures, the global refinery industry seems to be in a state of reinvention. Datamonitor analysis observes that the future of this industry lies in emerging and developing economies, with investment in infrastructure, energy efficiency and expansion being the most likely route to success.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Sep 2010

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