Climate Change News


Singapore, September 14 - The inability of Governments to reach a binding agreement on emissions targets at last year’s climate change talks has delivered the building industry with the perfect platform to assume leadership in reducing emissions, said the World Green Building Council (WGBC) chairman Tony Arnel on Monday.

Speaking at the opening of the WGBC Congress held in Singpaore this week, Mr Arnel said the building sector will be the key catalyst for change, especially in the Asia Pacific - the world’s fastest growing region.

Read more: Building sector key to reducing emissions


India and China should join hands for drawing a road map to combat climate change and tackle extreme poverty without waiting for western assistance, East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta said on Thursday.

Asia had the resources and capability to address the challenge. “The question is whether we have the vision and political will power.”

“Scientists, scholars and technocrats in Asia should take steps and do ‘what they can do' without looking to the West for assistance,” he said. “Fifty years back, Asia was poor. Today, however, it can lead the world.”

Read more: ‘Without looking to West, Asia can take on climate change, poverty'


Environment-friendly architecture and construction gaining momentum but certification a challenge.

Growing awareness of climate change and stricter environmental regulation have given major impetus to the movement to promote green building by governments and businesses alike, says Asst Prof Dr Atch Sreshthaputra, a board member of the Thai Green Building Institute.

Read more: The green building boom


Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 30 (PTI) About 400 delegates from 20 countries would participate in a three-day conference on 'climate change secular spirituality' to be organised by the Santhigiri Ashram here from September 9.

The meet, in collaboration with UNESCO, The American centre, and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, will be inaugurated by East Timor President and the 1996 Nobel Peace laureate Jose Ramos Manuel-Horta, a release from the ashram said. Being held as part of the 'Parnasala (hermitage) dedication celebrations' at the spiritual retreat, the conference will focus on promoting a life vision and lifestyle compatible with both nature and development. It will help administrators, policy-makers, scientists, social scientists and activists to come together and devise action programmes and policies to promote a sustainable way of life and development pattern, the release said.

Read more: East Timor President to open meet on climate change at Santhigiri


Plaudits for cutting carbon emissions 10%

In an attempt to accelerate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) is collaborating with environmental institutes and private companies on carbon reduction certification for buildings.

The government and the private sector plan to use the certification to reward buildings that cut emissions to a certain level.

The campaign was officially kicked off at a seminar in Bangkok yesterday entitled "Cutting Carbon, Cutting Global Warming".

Recipients will be notified by Egat, the Thailand Green House Gas Management Organisation (TGO), the Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) and the Thailand Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Read more: Rewarding 'green' buildings


SINGAPORE : Industry watchers say Asia's renewable energy market will be worth some US$50-55 billion over the next 5 to 10 years. 

And emission trading in the region could start to gain traction as policy makers focus on developing a definitive agreement to fight climate change. 

The awareness around climate change and emissions reduction is building up. And experts say Asia holds a huge potential for the development of renewable energy projects. 

Read more: Carbon trading could start to gain traction in region: experts


The Royal Government of Cambodia and its development partners on Wednesday discussed and stressed on the need for integrated efforts under different climate change-related initiatives to ensure high efficiency in helping the country to respond to the impact of this global problem.

The message came during the inception workshop of the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) which was held in Phnom Penh in a one-day forum where participated by more than 100 representatives from different ministries, institutions and expertises as well as those from development partners.

Mok Mareth, Senior Minister and Minister of Environment, Chairman of the National Climate Change Committee, opened the workshop by reiterating the high attention of the Royal Government of Cambodia is tackling impacts of climate change as a strategic priority for reducing poverty.

Read more: Cambodia discusses efforts to respond to climate change


Bandar Seri Begawan - The Minister of Education has expressed Brunei Darussalam's continued support for Asean efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, underpinning the role of education in promoting awareness on the need to protect the environment.

Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Hj Awg Abu Bakar bin Hj Apong led the Brunei delegation as they attended the two-day 4th Meeting of the Asean Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Council, in Da Nang, Vietnam that ended Monday.

Read more: Brunei supports ASEAN Bid to Protect Environment


Tan Yong Soon, Singapore's Permanent Secretary for Climate Change, recently declared global climate change to be "one of the most important and pressing challenges facing the international community."

Speaking at the conference on EU and Asian Policy Responses to Climate Change and Energy post Copenhagen, held July 26th, 2010, at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, in Singapore, the Secretary acknowledged Singapore's vulnerable position as a small and low-lying island, where any rise in sea-level and temperatures can have significant consequences.

Read more: Singapore Is Serious About Climate Change


Biogas projects make up most of 111 passed

Thailand has become one of the world's top 10 players in Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects with 37 being registered with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Association (TGO) has so far approved 111 CDM projects with a combined capacity to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 6.95 million tonnes a year.

Of the total, 37 projects that altogether lower emissions by 2 million tonnes per year were endorsed by the UN agency, said TGO executive director Sirithan Pairoj-Boriboon.

Read more: Thailand moves into top 10 in CDM


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