New thinking on coal, renewables taking hold in Southeast Asia

first_imgNew thinking on coal, renewables taking hold in Southeast Asia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Eco-Business:The evidence is getting harder to dispute. Clean energy can provide 100 per cent of society’s electricity needs. Current renewable energy technology is reliable 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and industries’ insistence on using coal and other polluting sources for fear of intermittency—the inability of renewable energy to ensure an uninterrupted supply—no longer has a basis.So why does Southeast Asia continue to be a global laggard in renewable energy deployment?Rapid economic growth exceeding 4 per cent annually has seen the region double its energy consumption since 1995, and demand is expected to continue to grow by up to 4.7 per cent per year through to 2035. Coal largely feeds this demand, accounting for up to 40 per cent of consumption. But coal’s impact on climate change and air quality have made the need for a transition to clean energy more pressing than ever.For decades, Southeast Asian governments have helped the fossil fuels industry with generous subsidies.But energy subsidies should be cut back or scrapped altogether—except in cases where they serve a specific public purpose, such as giving the poor easier access to energy, or short-term incentives to get new clean energy technologies into the marketplace, says Peter du Pont of the Stockholm Environment Institute’s Asia Centre.Sara Jane Ahmed, energy finance analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), adds: “Governments need to be efficient with their use of capital. Subsidies are not necessary in an industry where there are cheaper competing technologies,” she says, referring to the tumbling price of solar.More: 7 ways to speed up Southeast Asia’s switch to renewable energylast_img read more

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Arteta moves to bring Bergkamp back to Arsenal

first_img Loading… Arsenal’s boss, Mikel Arteta, is moving to bring Dennis Bergkamp back to the club. According to The Sun of UK, the Dutchman is being eyed for the role of the assistant coach after Freddie Ljungberg’s exit. Bergkamp, 51, would jump at the chance of a Gunners return and boss Arteta is hoping to bolster his backroom staff with a figure who commands instant respect from the current players. And no one is more revered than former Invincible Bergkamp, who spent 11 years at the club and has his own statue outside the Emirates. Arteta considered asking ex-Arsenal midfield partner Santi Cazorla to become part of his team.Advertisement read also:Arsenal Talisman Aubameyang shows off Supercars collection But those plans were scuppered when the Spaniard signed for Qatari team Al Sadd to extend his playing career. Bergkamp has been coaching on a volunteer basis with Amsterdam minnows Almere City since being axed as assistant manager of Ajax three years ago. Now he is eager for a permanent coaching position and has made no secret of his desire to become a Gunner again. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney MoviesEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandsonlast_img read more

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