Our work in Southeast Asia
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Asia-Pacific can ‘accelerate climate actions with strengthened collaboration’: Professor John Thwaites AM
The Asia-Pacific’s greenhouse gas emissions keep rising and in some respects the region is going backwards. Climate action was the only Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 13) in which outcomes went backwards in the Asia-Pacific between 2015 and 2023.
Championing decarbonisation in Southeast Asia
Climateworks is prioritising work with countries in Southeast Asia with high projected emissions growth, creating solutions that can be shared and scaled throughout the region. Our approach focuses on partnerships, coalition building and capacity building. In the past month, our work in the region has touched on all three of these areas, giving us opportunities to share solutions as well as learn from others championing the region’s decarbonisation.
Submission to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Southeast Asia Economic Strategy to 2040
As one of a very small group of Australian headquartered climate organisations with a Southeast Asia focus and presence, Climateworks welcomes the Australian Government’s strategic thinking on the importance of Southeast Asia.
Taking on transition: Impact report 2022
The roots of a net zero future are taking hold, all around us. Now, we need to ensure that this future comes to pass. As you’ll see from these highlights of our impact from 2022, Climateworks is taking on the transition to net zero by targeting the change we need to see with government, companies and institutions.
ASEAN, Australia and the role of climate cooperation in Southeast Asia’s net zero goals
Southeast Asia’s importance to the global goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius cannot be overstated.
Indonesian ocean project secures involvement of both prominent marine scientist and leading environmental economist
A Climateworks project exploring ocean-based mitigation has secured the involvement of leading regional figures in marine science, climate policy and environmental economics. Professor Luky Adrianto has been appointed as chair of the Indonesian stakeholder steering committee for Climateworks’ Southeast Asia Framework for Ocean Action in Mitigation (SEAFOAM) project.
Does Indonesia’s carbon tax have the power to trigger a sustainable market shift?
In the middle of the year, the Indonesian government will put its carbon tax into practice through a pilot program directed at coal-fired power plants, but it’s yet to be determined how much it will reduce Indonesia’s greenhouse emissions.
Nations with developing economies are eager to decarbonise, they just need the finance they were promised
There is no lack of understanding in how such funds would be put to good use: Our Investment Vision Guide developed last year offers a template for how investment, once delivered, can be strategically applied.
ASEAN Green Future – Phase 1 Reports
Member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are already raising their climate commitments to meet the Paris Agreement aspiration of limiting global warming to 1.5°C.
Chasing Southeast Asia’s green future
Climateworks recently brought together an expert panel to discuss the outlook for ASEAN nations, given their key trading partners have all pledged to net-zero by mid-century.
Indonesia raises their net zero ambition – can they be a leader for climate commitments in Southeast Asia?
Guntur Sutiyono is our Country Lead for Indonesia.Alin Halimatussadiah is LPEM-FEBUI Head of Environmental Economics Research Group.
Holding focus: Impact report 2020
In 2020, Climateworks was proud to adapt and ‘hold focus’ despite the extraordinary circumstance of operating amid a global pandemic.
Climateworks’ Meg Argyriou joins Asia Society’s ‘Disruptive Asia’ panel.
‘How do we ensure our post-COVID recovery is green, clean, and aligned with delivering on the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals?’ That was the question posed by a special session of the ‘Disruptive Asia’ webcast held by the Asia Society on 30 July 2020, featuring Meg Argyriou (Head of International Programs at Climateworks Australia), Patrick Suckling (Asia Society Policy Institute non-resident Senior Fellow and former Australian Ambassador for the Environment), Chi Mun Woo (Partner, Sustainability and Climate Change at Deloitte) and Professor Rebekah Brown (Senior Vice-Provost and Vice Provost Research at Monash University).
Growth through transformation: An investment vision guide for climate and development
To achieve outcomes in line with both the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement, developing countries will require an estimated investment of US$2.6 trillion each year over the next decade.
High level engagement in our Southeast Asia and Pacific programs
Our international team has recently launched a series of discussion papers on low carbon opportunities in Southeast Asia.
Climateworks International team revs up
Meg Argyriou, Climateworks Head of International Programs, and her team have been running and participating in panels and events around the world.
Fundamentals for developing a long-term renewable energy roadmap for ASEAN
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has a unique opportunity to develop a sustainable energy system based on renewable energy resources.
MoU between Monash, Climateworks and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will assist Indonesia’s private sector to decarbonise
KADIN Net Zero Hub has signed a two-year MoU with Monash University, Indonesia and Climateworks Centre to build capacity within Indonesia’s private sector and to accelerate corporate commitment to net zero emissions.
Policy wields most power in climate mitigation
The final report of the IPCC’s sixth assessment cycle shows we have the tools, but not much time, to keep the global goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C within reach The end of the IPCC’s sixth assessment cycle marks a crossroads for global climate ambition.
Opportunities for Vietnam as global net zero economy emerges, corporate climate briefing hears
As a global player and a manufacturing hub experiencing economic growth, Vietnam can grasp the opportunities of the green economy by playing a central role in climate action, a briefing event has heard.
The Briefing Room: Financing the region’s clean energy transition
Our experts share their analysis of energy transition finance, including priorities for Southeast Asia and the role that countries such as Australia can take in speeding up the transition.
Sustainable finance can support ASEAN states’ net zero ambitions
At the COP26 in Glasgow, most ASEAN member states renewed their decarbonisation commitments, with nine out of ten members committing to net zero targets.
Forging the way: Impact report 2021
2021 was a year of important progress on climate, even as the world continued to grapple with many challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The COP26 climate summit in Glasgow moved worldwide focus firmly to limiting warming to 1.5 degrees, and to ratcheting up 2030 ambition to align with this long term target.
ASEAN’s Emerging Mission for a Low Carbon Energy Transition
To date, almost all Southeast Asian nations have announced net zero emissions pledges, accounting for about 91 percent of the region’s carbon emissions.
ASEAN Green Future Project: Further, Faster, Together
The world is currently at a tipping point where the implementation of the national decarbonization commitments made at COP26 will largely determine whether the world can realise the 1.5°C aspiration of the Paris Agreement.
The briefing room: Chasing Southeast Asia’s green future
What does it take to develop the ASEAN green economy? Southeast Asia plays an increasingly important role globally, with the combined GDPs of the ASEAN trading group making it the fifth largest economy in the world.
Leaders Summit on Climate: Nations step up commitments, but what does it mean for countries in our region?
Last week, United States President Joe Biden hosted the Leaders Summit on Climate.
The briefing room: Growth through transformation – how governments can unlock investments that achieve climate and development goals
Achieving the Paris Agreement along with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires an estimated investment of US$2.6 trillion each year over the next decade for developing countries alone.
Monash internship turned dream job for Jakarta local
Petra Christi recently joined Climateworks as a business analyst in our growing international program.
New guide supports decision-makers to unlock green growth and investment opportunities
Growing evidence shows, for countries to achieve low carbon growth, decision-makers must create investment environments that steer finance from ‘brown’ to ‘green’.
Low carbon opportunities for Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam
The global economy is transitioning towards cleaner and less carbon-intensive forms of growth.
How emerging economies can prosper in a rapidly decarbonising world
Growing prosperity does not require growing emissions. Southeast Asia and the Pacific have the chance to leapfrog redundant technologies and thrive in a decarbonised world.