Four things Asia’s energy sector must do in 2021 to meet climate goals
Renewables could spur the post-pandemic recovery in Asia. But as this year’s climate change conference approaches, the region's energy planners have a lot of catching up to do.
2021 is a pivotal year for Asia’s energy transition. As the region claws its way out of the Covid-19 crisis, renewables could drive the economic recovery, creating green jobs and ensuring energy security. Meanwhile, pressure is piling on governments to commit to tougher climate action ahead of the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26.
But from hostile regulatory environments to unreliable power grids, Asia’s nascent clean energy markets still face significant barriers. Despite their increasingly attractive price tag, a policy push is needed for renewables to gain ground. Here are four issues that need to be addressed this year to put the region’s energy sector on a greener path.
1. Place efficiency front and centre of post-pandemic recovery
Energy efficiency is essential to achieving climate goals. That’s because measures to cut energy intensity in buildings, industry, and vehicles must deliver almost half of the reduction in planet-heating emissions needed. That requires upgrades of homes, manufacturing equipment and appliances, which requires investment.
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