Opinion on Sustainability in Asia-Pacific

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China: metal price hike may lead to the development of more sustainable antimony mining

Global metal prices have risen by 150%, largely due to the closure of illegal antimony mines in China because of health and safety reasons, logistical problems and government intervention. While this may not be good news for traders, higher metal prices may incentivize China and other countries with rich reserves of antimony to mine the rare material in a more sustainable and safer manner.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Sep 2010
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The petroleum industry has important lessons to learn in the aftermath of Macondo

In mid-September, US authorities announced that BP's blow-out Macondo well in the US Gulf of Mexico is "effectively dead." As one of the most alarming accidents in the global petroleum industry in recent times, it is essential that Macondo is used as a benchmark in the creation of new operating procedures, and that it serves as an important lesson to the entire industry.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Sep 2010
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Carbon: Australia's unspeakable word

Australian prime minister Julia Gillard has announced the formation of a secret committee to discuss measures to combat carbon emissions. In light of the economic, political and environmental sensitivity of this matter, the committee is a very bold initiative. Unfortunately, the prime minister may have bitten off more than she can chew so early in her premiership.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Sep 2010
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Echelon pushes smart grid processing to the edge

Smart grid specialist Echelon has announced the launch of its Edge Control Node, which utilities can use to process data closer to the point of creation and thus reduce the latency in a centralized data processing architecture. Ovum believes that advanced smart grid functionality such as electric vehicle recharging will be the tipping point that makes edge processing a necessity.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Oct 2010
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Vietnam's energy industry is luring foreign investment

In the past month, Vietnam has experienced an extraordinary raft of investment in major energy projects. The government has in recent years been very open to foreign capital and has already developed a strong banking sector. Now it is the turn of the energy companies and Vietnam is managing this new market very effectively, both in terms of sustainability and investment.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2010
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Australia: enthusiastic uptake of solar power leads to cuts in state feed-in tariffs

Residential solar power installations in New South Wales reached 52MW by mid-2010, prompting the state government to reduce its generous feed-in tariff. While this is a blow to property owners hoping to invest in renewable energy, it is also a natural part of any feed-in tariff scheme. Still, to maximize its solar resources, Australia must find ways to build on consumer interest in micro-schemes.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Nov 2010
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New exploratory licenses for German unconventional gas create risk of green backlash

A number of firms have been awarded exploratory drilling licenses for fields in Germany where new production techniques may make the extraction of large quantities of unconventional gas financially viable. While this development might affect the global gas markets in the future, production is unlikely to start in the next couple of years, and the news has already attracted environmental scrutiny.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Nov 2010
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Geoengineering: setback signals tough future ahead for climate intervention

In October 2010, at a conference on biodiversity in Japan, the UN announced that it will ban all geoengineering projects until they can be fully justified in a socioeconomic context. While this is undoubtedly a setback, widespread skepticism and the global recession mean that pro-climate change cash was never likely to be committed to large-scale geoengineering initiatives.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Nov 2010
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COP16: protectionist sentiment extends to clean technology investment

In the lead up to the COP16 meeting in Cancun, developed countries, still suffering from low economic growth after the North Atlantic financial crisis, are showing signs of a beggar-thy-neighbor approach. In this era of austerity in Europe and North America, cutting funding support to such projects may be politically savvy, but will be detrimental to the UN's climate change mitigation goals.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Nov 2010
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Electric vehicles are still very much "work in progress"

The launch of the Leaf, Nissan's new five-door hatchback EV, provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress that EVs have made over the last few years. Technology companies have broken boundaries and governments have pushed their green agendas, making headlines in the process; however, behind the scenes, manufacturers are still working on how best to absorb EVs into their future portfolios.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Nov 2010

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