Energy Issues in the Asia-Pacific Region
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute
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Up to the point before the financial tsunami lashed upon all our shores, the relentless increase in the demand for energy to feed burgeoning global economic growth had led to a US$150/barrel oil. The impact of this high oil price alone on food, competition for resources and ultimately on costs of living was cause for significant concern. ...
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This book is volume two of the ISEAS Energy Perspectives on the Region. It comprises papers based on the seminars delivered by speakers at the ISEAS Energy Forum as well as invited contributions from various experts on energy issues. ...
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Mark Hong is a Visiting Research Fellow at ISEAS. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Cambridge University in 1969 and a Master of Science degree in International Relations from Georgetown University, Washington, DC on a Fulbright Scholarship in 1982. ...
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Andrew Tan is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of New South Wales. He has taught various courses, including in the Masters programme in Defence Studies at King’s College London (University of London), part of the renowned Defence Studies Group of leading experts on defence, ...
1. The ASEAN Countries’ Interest in Asian Energy Security
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Energy security is an issue of particular significance to ASEAN states as well as other regional states such as India, China, Korea, and Japan. Given the possibility of high oil prices, diminishing oil supplies and increased competition for resources, disputes over territories, and the strategic importance of sea lanes passing through Southeast Asia, ...
2. Biofuels Development and Prospects in the Philippines
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Economic growth is a goal and an aspiration of developing countries such as the Philippines. The challenges to economic growth presented by the escalating prices of petroleum product imports have motivated governments to consider localized and renewable sources of energy as a major aspect of the countries’ energy supply. ...
3. The Biofuels Industry in Indonesia: Opportunities and Challenges
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Energy facilitates all human endeavours. It is used for heating and cooling, illumination, health, food, education, industrial production, and transportation. Energy is essential to life. The development of human society and civilization has been shaped by energy. ...
4. An Overview of the Cambodian Energy Sector
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Cambodia’s power sector has been severely damaged by years of war and neglect. Since 1993, the government has started to restore the electricity infrastructure with support from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, Japan, France, and other donor countries. The 2007 statistics show that per capita consumption is about 100 kWh per year. ...
5. India’s Energy Challenges
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India is already the world’s fifth-largest energy consumer and is likely to move up to third place by 2030. Its energy needs will grow sharply over the next twenty-five years. Currently, India’s primary energy mix is dominated by coal (51 per cent), followed by oil (36 per cent), natural gas (10 per cent), hydropower (2 per cent), and nuclear (1 per cent). ...
6. New Partnerships in Energy Security in Asia: India, ASEAN, and Singapore
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Energy supplies are the Achilles heel of the rising Asian economies in ASEAN, India, and China. Without assured supplies at affordable prices, the Asian economic boom would soon fizzle. Energy supplies are clearly and directly linked to geopolitics. ...
7. China’s Global Quest for Energy Security
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The purpose of this paper is threefold: to provide the most up-to-date analysis of China’s energy situation; to argue that China’s global quest for energy is primarily driven by its rapid economic growth in recent years, out of insecurity rather than a master plan to dominate the world; and thirdly, that China’s energy security issues have multiple implications beyond simple economic concerns. ...
8. Energy and Geopolitics in the South China Sea
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Despite China’s claim that it wants close and cordial relations with the ASEAN states, the steady increase in its military capabilities and its capacity to enforce its claims in the South China Sea have raised concerns among the ASEAN countries and other powers. The South China Sea is of strategic maritime importance and has potential oil and gas resources. ...
9. Energy Security and Mitigating Climate Change: Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) and Alternatives to Oil in Asia
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How can countries in Asia avoid the pitfalls faced by the United States, with its oil problems? This chapter argues that policy-makers have a wide variety of options available to them, drawing mostly on techniques promoted (but seldom implemented) in the United States and Europe to help reduce dependence on foreign sources of oil. ...
10. Japan’s Energy Supply-Demand Situation, Energy Conservation Policy, and Energy Challenges
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In the decade after World War II, the main energy source in Japan was coal, which was replaced gradually by oil in the 1970s. After the two oil shocks of the 1970s, awareness of the need for energy conservation grew. Active efforts were made to shift to a post-oil economy, with reduced reliance on oil and a shift to coal, natural gas, and nuclear power. ...
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11. Jatropha Curcas: A Solution for a Sustainable Energy Supply?
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Jatropha is a plant that has yet to be domesticated but that has great potential to be a sustainable source of energy. Its productivity however, is highly unpredictable and variable. Better knowledge of its biodiversity, the continuous breeding for better varieties, and the production and distribution of uniform and superior planting materials ...
12. Singapore’s Solar Challenge
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Being rich in resources seems to breed complacency and suppress the urge for progress. What countries like Singapore have to rely on instead is human ingenuity — it is our key resource and our main competitive advantage. We turned the threat of water shortage to our advantage, using it to spur innovation and set the goal of self-sufficiency in water. ...
13. Sustainable Mobility for Singapore
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Automotive technology, transportation-related infrastructure, and liquid transport fuels are experiencing the largest transformation since the development of the internal combustion engine. Singapore, as a clean-tech hub and garden city, is well positioned for this change in transportation and the move towards sustainable mobility. ...
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Page Count: 329
Publication Year: 2010