Asia technology comes clean

Green Solutions
Climate change sceptics might not like to admit it, but Asia is embracing environmentally-friendly technologies. China is spending tens of billions of dollars every year on renewable energy projects – almost twice the next biggest spender in this field, the US – while South Korea’s clean energy capacity more than tripled in 2009. Asia is not, then, the environmental laggard some in the West would have us believe. In fact, growth in what the industry calls the clean tech, or environmental technology, sector looks set to take off. The figures speak for themselves.The population of Asia is expected to grow at more than double the rate of Europe and the US in the next five years, during which time the region’s economy should grow four times more quickly than Europe’s, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).This helps to explain why demand for energy in Southeast Asia should rise by 76% in the next 20 years, the IMF says. And an increasing proportion of this energy will come from clean technologies – governments and indeed peoples demand it. There are three major drivers behind the push for green technologies in Asia, according to Johanna Klein, investment officer at the Asian Development Bank: energy security, environmental degradation and, perhaps most importantly, the need for new industries to create new jobs.
Source:, May 9, 2011


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