The Asia and Pacific region needs an ample supply of clean, affordable energy to continue its rapid growth in the coming decades. To achieve energy security, developing Asia must actively contain its rising demand, aggressively explore new supply sources and technology, and progressively integrate regional energy markets and infrastructure.
Emerging East Asia’s local currency bond markets continued to expand in 2012, signaling ongoing investor interest in the region’s fast-growing economies but also raising the risk of asset price bubbles, according to ADB's latest Asia Bond Monitor.
The lush forests of the world’s third largest non-continental island - among the fast-shrinking band of forests functioning as the earth’s lungs - are being conserved to provide sustainable livelihood for local populations and a safe haven for thousands of animal and plant species.
Human and financial losses from natural disasters are rising fast in the Asia and Pacific region. While most Asian countries have disaster handling capabilities, few have adequate provisions for financing post-disaster losses and rehabilitation.
Waste-to-energy (WTE) is the process of creating energy in the form of electricity or heat from the incineration of waste source. WTE is a form of energy recovery, and most processes produce electricity directly through combustion or produce a combustible fuel commodity.