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Harnessing the power of renewable energy for a sustainable ASEAN
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The renewable energy revolution is on an explosive growth path from China to India to Latin America, but it appears to have not yet properly reached ASEAN, a regional grouping of 10 countries with a combined population of 640 million people.
Water pollution, plastic waste, sustainable agriculture and environmental protection—these were a few concerns highlighted by students at the Youth Ecosperity Dialogue as the most pressing global problems of their time.
A mixed picture for global clean energy investment in 2018 is emerging, with dollar investment in solar under pressure while commitments to wind power and energy smart technologies such as electric vehicles and batteries are running above last year’s levels. The latest authoritative figures from research company BNEF show world investment in clean energy in the first six months of 2018 down 1% from the same period in 2017.
Can the increasing penetration of wind power be handled without threatening the stability of the power system? Experts stress that recent power challenges in Asia are proving that it is time to put these energy assets to good use, especially as the cost of wind power continues to plummet.