With Asia accounting for 40 per cent global energy use, the Asian countries are focusing on energy efficiency policies for sustainable development....
Energy being the driving force behind economic growth and human development, all countries in Asia are in pursuit of energy and water resources ......
While climate change will affect everyone, it is widely acknowledged that the poorest people in the poorest countries will suffer first and the most......
How do people in Asia Pacific live with climate change? How will its impacts shape their future, and how will they, in turn, shape their environment? These are the questions behind Climate Asia. In this section, we report on the effects of climate change in Asia-Pacific through a series of data-driven stories.read more...
Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent; covering approximately 30% of the earth’s land area and 60% of population. The Asian Development Bank estimates that the Asia Pacific countries will collectively increase their energy demand by 67% between 2010 and 2035, accounting for more than half the planet’s consumption.
Asia Pacific’s share of global demand will rise to 47% in 2035, twice as large as the second largest consuming region (Europe and Eurasia with 18% of global demand), according to BP's energy outlook. Overall CO2 emissions from energy consumption will increase 44% by 2035. Here we look at energy sources in Asia, trends and policies, including efforts of the countries to diversify their energy resources.
Our people love life and expect better education, more stable jobs, better income, more reliable social security, medical care of a higher standard, more comfortable living conditions, and a more beautiful environment.Chinese Prime Minister Xi Jinping, November 15, 2012
Too often, our discussion is reduced to an argument about emission cuts. But, we are more likely to succeed if we offer affordable solutions, not simply impose choices. That is why I have called for global public action to develop clean energy, that is affordable and accessible to all.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, April 10, 2015
It is important that we act, because climate change is becoming an increasingly serious problem for all nations, developed and developing alike -- we are already seeing some emerging nations emitting more greenhouse gas than developed nations.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, June 05, 2015
We stand ready to work with other fast-developing nations to argue for greater ambition in 2015, and to show that economic development and climate action are not competing goals, but common ambitions.Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, September 23, 2014
It is through socialization at homes and schools that children learn responsible behavior. We need to inculcate good values to attain sustainable consumption, that all of us are responsible for a clean and health environment. We cannot only depend on authorities or governments, we all have a responsibility for a clean and health environment. Protecting the environment is every citizen's responsibility. We are part of the 7 billion and our children too.Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chanocha, June 05 2015
While unity is important in the vast diversity and for regional resilience, some challenges ranging from endemic poverty to international terrorism, transnational crimes and trafficking in persons and climate change are constantly staring at us. South Asia is one of the most vulnerable regions due to natural disasters caused by climate change and erratic weather patterns; whether it is the melting of Himalayan glaciers, uprising of sea level with devastating floods in the hills and plains and in-between.Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Novemeber 26, 2014
The impact of climate change on the developing countries, particularly on low-income countries like Bangladesh, is compounded by high population density, low resource base, high incidence of natural disasters, salinity intrusion and submergence of land due to sea level rise. The situation would become disastrous with even a meter rise of sea level due to global warming, as it would inundate a fifth of Bangladesh, displacing nearly thirty million people and leading to mass movement of people.Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, September 26, 2012
Pursue balanced and sustainable development policies, striking the balance between economic development targets and macro-economic stability, social development and effective response to the global challenges, such as climate change, natural disaster, pandemic and economic instabilities.Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, August 25, 2010
Climate change is a reality and an enormous environment and development challenge. But global efforts to combat climate change also provide opportunities. We now have the opportunity to leapfrog from conventional way of doing business in our economy, so we must be forward looking to take advantage of new opportunities while taking account of the potential impacts of climate change.Bhutanese Prime Minister Tsheing Tobgay, May 18 2015
We decided to raise our target from the four previous scenarios, considering opportunities to develop new energy businesses and our leadership role in terms of climate change on the global stage.South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahm, June 30, 2015
Climate change is negatively impacting crop yields as well. Impacts from recent climate-related extremes reveal significant vulnerabilities and expose some ecosystems and many human systems to current climate vulnerability. At the forefront of those facing the effects of climate change are communities living in the world’s low-lying regions and small island states.Maldives President Abdulla Yameen, June 5, 2014