Coronavirus may slow Southeast Asia’s renewable energy transition

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNA:Regional aspirations for a swift transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy are likely to be dashed by the economic and market crises triggered by the global COVID-19 outbreak, experts say.Southeast Asian nations already struggling to meet climate change targets will find those goals further from reach, with the unprecedented health emergency becoming the principal priority and a major economic burden.Nuclear energy exploration – being considered by several nations in recent times, including Indonesia and the Philippines – is now also expected to be shelved indefinitely.“The collapse in oil and gas prices and decline in coal prices together will undermine support for renewable energy in most countries, at least in the short-term, because governments have other matters to worry about,” said Dr Philip Andrews-Speed, Senior Principal Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute at the National University of Singapore.“They (the governments) will have even less ability to provide direct financial support and renewable energy supply chains have been disrupted.”He added: “As a result, the switch from fossil fuels to renewables may be delayed a few years across many countries.”Countries across the region face lower levels of economic growth and recession. In a report published on Mar 31, the World Bank declared that “significant economic pain seems unavoidable” across the region. Projections for the major economies of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia are of 5 per cent, 4.6 per cent and 3.5 per cent negative growth respectively in 2020. Singapore’s full-year GDP growth forecast has been downgraded to -6 per cent, from -2.3 per cent, according to Maybank Kim Eng economists. Southeast Asia is a region hungry for electricity and growing hungrier by 6 per cent every year, one of the fastest rates in the world, according to a 2019 report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Power demand has grown by 80 per cent since 2000, resulting in the doubling of the use of fossil fuels. It could increase by a further 60 per cent by 2040, based on stated policies of regional governments. In times of fiscal weakness, the imperative in developing economies may shift to provide power as cheaply as possible. Replacing dirty power generation with new cleaner technologies with high upfront costs looks far less attractive now than pre-COVID-19.Already, securing financing for traditional technologies, including so-called “clean coal,” has proven problematic of late. Extra financial pressures could cut further those investment pathways, giving more impetus to a renewable shift. Asia is already the world leader for renewable sector growth – up 7.6 per cent of supply in 2019 and accounting for 54 per cent of new global additions in 2019 – according to an annual report by the International Renewable Energy Agency. While 2020 will be a different prospect, there remains confidence in the long-term trajectory of the sector. [Jack Board]More: Southeast Asia’s renewable energy transition likely to take hit from COVID-19: Experts Coronavirus may slow Southeast Asia’s renewable energy transitionlast_img read more

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Brazil’s Marta Recalls Her World Cup Most Memorable Goals

first_imgSo, which strikes are Marta’s most memorable at the last four global finals? “It’s difficult to choose one because I’ve scored so many,” Marta told FIFA TV yesterday before bursting out laughing.Nonetheless, the Brazilian runs the rule over her World Cup goals and gives us her top three – all of which come against the same opponent.Samba skills and sublime strikes ensured that Marta lit up China 2007 and emerged with a Golden Ball and Golden Boot double. Of the seven Marta scored at that tournament two stand out in particular: her brace against titans USA in the semi-final.When asked to choose her top three goals, Marta replied: “I’d say my two goals against USA in the 2007 in China. For the first one, I dribbled past at the defender outside of the box and then shot in low.“Even though the goalkeeper got a touch, it went in. That was my first goal in that game.Marta’s second – and Brazil’s fourth – in that semi-final was a goal of sheer brilliance. The No10 left USA players in her wake with her fabulous flashes of skill and tantalising technique before firing past goalkeeper Briana Scurry.“I was facing away from goal with someone marking me and I received a pass,” she recalled. “I slightly touched the ball one side and turned to the other side, got the ball and dribbled past two players and shot with my right foot.”.One of the FIFA Women’s World Cup’s all-time thrillers, Brazil and USA were reunited at the global finals in the quarter-finals of Germany 2011. Just as A Seleção looked like they were advancing to their second successive semi-final, Abby Wambach’s thumping header took the game to a penalty shoot-out.Marta, who netted a brace on that occasion, includes her first from that quarter-final among her top three Women’s World Cup goals.Recalling that clash against the Americans, the Brazilian star said: “There was a long ball, I was inside the box and I hit it on the volley with my left foot. That made it 2-1 but we lost the game on penalties.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AHEAD FRANCE 2019Marta certainly knows how to find the back of the net at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Indeed, the Brazilian hot-shot goes into France 2019 as the tournament’s all-time leading scorer.The Canarinhas legend has found the net a staggering 15 times at the global finals since making her debut as a 17-year-old at USA 2003, before going on to pick up the top scorer accolade four years later at China 2007.last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Aug. 30 – Sunday, Sept. 1

first_imgSaturday, August 31, 2013•12:33 a.m. Karen L. Black, 38, South Haven, was issued a notice to appear charged with expired registration and child safety seat violation.•1:31 a.m. Juvenile female, 16, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with drivers’ license violation/in violation of restricted permit and speeding 37 mph in a 25 mph construction zone.•10:31 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a vehicle in the 2000 block N. B, Wellington.•4 p.m. Officers investigated cruelty to animals by known owner in the 1000 block E. 8th, Wellington.•On August 28, 2013 at 6:28 p.m. officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1200 block N. Blaine, Wellington. Wellington Police Notes for Friday, Aug. 30 to Sunday, Sept. 1Friday, August 30, 2013•8 a.m. Officers took a report of a child in need of care in the 500 block N. Park, Wellington.•11:05 a.m. Sandra A. Pankratz, 51, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Mesa County Warrant for Failure to Comply/Contempt of Court.•12:58 p.m. Officers took a report of keeping excess of four dogs, no proof of current Wellington tags, no proof of current rabies (x2) and tethering violations in the 500 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•5:35 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 1100 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•11:27 p.m. Marcella M. Foulk, 40, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with operating a motor vehicle without insurance and illegal registration. (bonded) Sunday, September 1, 2013•12:19 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary and theft of coins in the 600 block N. Washington, Wellington.•12:19 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 600 block N. Washington, Wellington.•10:29 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 600 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•1:25 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1300 block N. Plum, Wellington involved a vehicle operated by Charles M. Terry, 63, Moundview, Minn. and a fixed object/utility owned by A T & T.•5:40 p.m. Non-Injury accident on private property in the 1100 block W. 8th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Dustin L. Black, 24, Wellington and parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Maria L. Alderete, Wellington.•9:43 p.m. Officers investigated a theft and battery of a known suspect in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington.•10:50 p.m. Rodd A. Rosedahl, 41, Wellington was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property/domestic violence.•11:01 p.m. Officers investigated a theft by an unknown suspect in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•11:10 p.m. Cory W. Lira, 32, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear charged with expired registration and no proof of insurance.•11:38 p.m. Juvenile female, 17, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear charged with expired expired registration and no proof of insurance.•11:47 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 500 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.last_img read more

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