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New emissions reduction pledges from Asia should focus squarely on an increased role for clean energy in the energy mix. A wind power project in Turpan, PRC.

Asia Clean Energy Forum, the energy trilemma, and the road to Paris

This year’s Asia Clean Energy Forum (comes at a critical time in the lead-up to the crucial COP21 in Paris. Asia’s energy sector has a very important part to play in these UNFCCC negotiations and in setting the world on a course to limit global warming, and avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change.

Aiming Zhou

The electricity industry in 2025 and beyond could be very different from what it is today.

Top 10 electricity future megatrends

New technology is rapidly changing our lives, and Tesla’s new Powerwall battery could very well become Neil Armstrong's one giant leap for mankind in electricity storage. Here are 10 megatrends that may shape the electricity industry in the next few years.

Sohail Hasnie

The 369 solar panels, with a 10° tilt facing South, cover an area of 716m2 and can generate up to 110.7 kW/h of electricity. Photo by Eric Sales

Harnessing solar energy… again

As part of No Impact Week, ADB officially turns on its second solar power plant on the rooftop of the new Third Atrium building at ADB’s headquarters in Manila, Philippines.

Will the Green Climate Fund pledges create a momentum for ongoing climate negotiations?

The recent formal pledging session for the Green Climate Fund (GCF)—more than $9 billion in just 5 months—is by far the most successful resource mobilization ever seen for a multilateral climate fund. The US has pledged $3 billion, followed by Japan ($1.5 billion), UK ($1.13 billion), and Germany and France (with $1 billion each). Four developing countries—Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, and Panama—have made pledges, breaking the traditional donor boundaries. 

Preety Bhandari

Window of opportunity still open on climate action

A set of reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the last of which was released on November 2, 2014, sets the scene for governments to renew their efforts on the issue through ambitious commitments for a comprehensive climate agreement in Paris in December 2015. 

Preety Bhandari

Getting ready for the Post-2015 SDGs: Join the e-dialogue

The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are expected to bring a stronger focus on longer-term durability of development gains as opposed to the current approach which sees decision-making targeted at the shorter term. At present, businesses main focus is annual balance sheets; for development organizations it is annual results reporting; and for democracies there's cyclical elections. 

Anuradha Rajivan

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