Towards a Sustainable Asia: Green Transition and Innovation ---- Key Findings of the AASA SDA Report. Gensuo Jia Key Lab of Regional Climate-Environment for East Asia Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) [email protected] 2012-04-24 Cape Town. Contents. Background
Towards a Sustainable Asia: Green Transition and Innovation---- Key Findings of the AASA SDA Report
Key Lab of Regional Climate-Environment for East Asia
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
2012-04-24 Cape Town
Population increase, 4 bn, the biggest population in the world
Declining natural resources and Degrading environment as global factories and warehouse
Energy supply/demand and security
Increase of GHG emissions
Cultural diversity shocked by globalization, and rapid industrialization and urbanization
Crossroad: from labor/energy intensity to efficiency?
Fast growth led by export
Rising Oil price
Most vulnerable to climate change impacts
Financial crisis, restoration and innovation in East Asia, green recovery?
Addressing climate change, Asia’s common actions?
Under the context of globalization, how to make win-win economic growth sustainable?
How to Improve communication and cooperationis the foundation to push Green growthand Sustainable Development in Asian countries
“Sustainable Development in Asia” (SDA)project was initiated by the AASA in 2007
Objectives of the SDA project launched by AASA:
Strengthening mutual understandingamong countries / regions and realizing a sustainable future in Asia
Improving cooperationamong academies in Asia and providing policy recommendations on SD through joint research on common concerns
Taking common actionsand policy recommendations
Four science groups were established:
Natural resource; environment and climate change; energy; and culture and heritage
Title of Book series: Towards a Sustainable Asia
Quantity of Growth,focusing on Maximizing GDP, Production &Consumption
“Grow First, Clean Up Later”
Market Cost Efficiency
Quality of Growth:
quality of life, well-being and ecological sustainability
(Grow first, clean-up later)
Quantity of growth
Quality of growth
Asia initiatives towards greener economies transition in Asia
Renewable energy: transition in AsiaWind power
Fuel Consumption Limits in Selected Economies transition in Asia
of residential electricity use in China in 2020.
Role of major manufacturers?
- SD Cooperation mechanisms: International treaties (e.g. Agenda 21, UNFCCC) vs. market?
- High-tech localized green solutions (combine with local knowledge and skills)
- Lead or follow?