Energy efficiency is emerging as one of the key options that can help nations in Asia and the Pacific meet the region's growing energy needs in a clean and effective way.
Increasing the efficiency of energy use and supply yields lower costs and increases availability of energy. It also produces large environmental and economic benefits:
- It eases pressure on fossil fuel demand and energy prices.
- It improves energy security.
- It reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Technical advancement and market dynamics offer greater opportunities to improve energy efficiency, have increased the viability of new and renewable sources of energy, and have expanded the options for off-grid and community-based electricity supply.
3 ideas that are good for both economy and environment - Vinod ThomasAs we enter a new year, the world continues to be in the grips of dual crises: a stubborn economic downturn with widespread job losses combined with accelerating global warming threatening vulnerable communities. Many argue that dealing with climate change in the midst of an economic slump will hurt recovery efforts. The underlying reality, however, is quite the opposite. Not only can preparing for climate change offer opportunities for economic growth, it would be unwise to pursue one without the other.
Resettlement and the Song Bung 4 Hydropower ProjectIn central Viet Nam, people resettling because of the building of a dam are making the move in an environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive manner.
Health Workers, Song Bung Project, Viet NamTraining Village health workers from ethnic minority communities is an essential part of the Song Bung Hydropower project.
Agricultural Traditions and New Beginnings, Viet NamIn central Viet Nam, agricultural workers combine traditional knowledge and new skills in water management to help people increase their crops yields.
Asia Clean Energy Forum ReportThis Report provides the outcomes of the 6th Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) held on 20-24 June 2011 at Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters.
The Golovnaya Hydropower Plant in Tajikistan, upgraded with ADB’s support, improves electricity supply in the country and in the CAREC region.