While we need innovative and large-scale technological solutions to solve our environmental problems, let’s not forget that small incremental solutions can also play a part. Take the case of a simple improved cookstove, which can help to tackle the health, energy and environmental problems in Cambodia.
Nexus-Carbon for Development is a cooperative of development organisations that supports communities in developing countries by scaling up climate-friendly projects, and enables its members to share expertise and services, and access technical assistance and funding opportunities such as carbon finance. Read more
As cities in Asia grow economically, they would also need to be smarter in their energy usage and management. What would smart cities with energy management of households, buildings and local communities look like? To find out more, Asia is Green looks at a smart city project in Japan.
The Yokohama Smart City Project (YSCP) is one of the largest smart city demonstration projects in Japan, piloted in three Yokohama districts – the Minato Mirai 21 district, the Kohoku New Town district, and the Yokohama Green Valley district. This project was selected as a Next Generation Energy Infrastructure and Social System Demonstration Area by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in April 2010, and is expected to be completed by 2014. Read more
Asia’s demand for energy is increasing, and part of this demand could be met by the introduction of large-scale solar projects and plants.
Asia is Green takes a look at Japan, where the move away from nuclear energy after the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in 2011, would result in more large-scale solar plants replacing her energy needs.
In order to accelerate the supply of solar energy, the Japanese government implemented the revamped feed-in-tariff (FIT) scheme in July 2012, which stipulates that solar installations producing more than 10 kW of energy be subsidised with a feed-in-tariff of 42 yen per kWh for a period of 20 years. Read more
Developing countries in Asia are struggling with the increasing amounts of waste generated and disposed. Those countries without the proper waste infrastructure and collection services often resort to open dumping or burning, thus causing environmental pollution and health problems.
What is Zero Waste?
Zero Waste is a concept that could be adopted in these developing countries in Asia. Zero Waste challenges the old way of thinking about waste as something that has no value and to be thrown away.
According to the Zero Waste Alliance: “Zero waste suggests that the entire concept of waste should be eliminated. Instead, waste should be thought of as a “residual product” or simply a “potential resource” to counter our basic acceptance of waste as a normal course of events. Opportunities such as reduced costs, increased profits, and reduced environmental impacts are found when returning these “residual products” or “resources” as food to either natural and industrial systems.” Read more
With the introduction of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Scheme over the past few years, Singapore has seen an exuberant interest in green buildings. This growing interest has also spread to the hospitality sector, with more sustainable-themed hotels sprouting up in Singapore.
Singapore’s latest green hotel, PARKROYAL on Pickering, opened this year at the heart of the Central Business District, between Hong Lim Park and Chinatown. Let’s take a look at some of its green features.
The PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel management had sustainability in mind even before the hotel was built. They engaged local architectural firm WOHA to design the hotel based on a hotel-in-a-garden concept with over 15,000 square metres of four-storey tall sky-gardens, reflecting pools, waterfalls, planter terraces and cascading vertical greenery, amounting to twice its land area.
Nature-inspired materials and textures such as light and dark wood, pebbles, water, and glass are also used throughout the design of the hotel. Read more