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IEEFA U.S.: Skyrocketing plastics prices a major concern for public health, economy

IEEFA U.S.: Skyrocketing plastics prices a major concern for public health, economy

An ‘essential industry’ to the U.S. economy runs in the dark

October 18, 2021 (IEEFA) — Despite its growing importance to the U.S. economy, the nation’s plastics industry remains a heavily concentrated sector taking advantage of an opaque, unregulated price-setting mechanism to bolster profits for major oil and gas companies, as well as plastic producers. The sector, which has increased prices throughout the year, was deemed […]

IEEFA: Defying global financial trends, Vietnam pivots back to coal power

IEEFA: Defying global financial trends, Vietnam pivots back to coal power

Latest draft power development plan puts clean energy transition at risk by sacrificing renewables for more coal

29 September (IEEFA Vietnam): In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26, President Xi Jinping recently declared that China will no longer build new coal-fired power projects abroad. Despite limited details, the ramifications of China’s coal exit strategy for coal-centric developing economies like Vietnam could be immense. Before President Xi’s announcement, […]

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IEEFA: High stakes for Asian Development Bank’s ambitious coal power retirement plan

IEEFA: High stakes for Asian Development Bank’s ambitious coal power retirement plan

Implementation challenges could block funding for other equally important high impact clean energy funding strategies

24 September 2021 (IEEFA Asia): In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced a plan to speed up the retirement of high emissions coal-fired power plants in Southeast Asia. This announcement sets the stage for a transformation of the Asian multilateral development bank’s (MDB) role […]

IEEFA: U.S. push for LNG in the Philippines paints unrealistic picture of global prices and market viability

IEEFA: U.S. push for LNG in the Philippines paints unrealistic picture of global prices and market viability

Overly optimistic claims about financial, economic and environmental benefits of LNG

Sept. 23, 2021 (IEEFA) – A recent white paper sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) promotes the benefits of liquefied natural gas in the Philippines. The report, however, is based on questionable assumptions about global LNG prices, long-term demand and market viability of U.S. exports to price-sensitive countries in Asia, according to […]

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IEEFA: Accepting gas power plants as sustainable investments in Asian taxonomies heightens greenwash risk

IEEFA: Accepting gas power plants as sustainable investments in Asian taxonomies heightens greenwash risk

Accommodating the gas sector risks diluting standards and discouraging new pools of green capital

21 September 2021 (IEEFA Asia): Incorporating gas-powered generation as a sustainable investment into Asian taxonomies could have unintended consequences, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Doing so could lock Asia into a high-emitting future while also posing a credibility and greenwashing problem that Asian policymakers and ESG […]

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IEEFA: Orsted’s transition provides key insights for India’s public utilities and renewable energy companies

IEEFA: Orsted’s transition provides key insights for India’s public utilities and renewable energy companies

Orsted transitioned from a coal intensive utility to a global renewable energy leader creating immense shareholder wealth

17 September 2021 (IEEFA India): Orsted, the once Danish state-owned utility, transitioned from being one of the most coal-intensive utilities in Europe to a global leader in offshore wind energy. A new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) charts Orsted’s energy transition journey and provides key insights for India’s massive […]

IEEFA: The economics of Indonesia’s diesel power plant to gas conversion plan are problematic

IEEFA: The economics of Indonesia’s diesel power plant to gas conversion plan are problematic

Deploying new small-scale LNG is an uphill battle for PGN

26 August (IEEFA Indonesia): Indonesian gas is currently in a precarious position, where the government needs to find new domestic demand to absorb surplus gas coming into the market amidst expiring export contracts. According to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’ (IEEFA) new report, small-scale liquefied natural gas (ssLNG) has been re-proposed in […]

IEEFA: EVN delivers strong 2020 financial performance by optimizing Vietnam’s dynamic generation mix

IEEFA: EVN delivers strong 2020 financial performance by optimizing Vietnam’s dynamic generation mix

Further spending needed on grid infrastructure

29 July 2021 (IEEFA Vietnam): Vietnam’s state utility Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) came through 2020 in surprisingly good financial health compared to many Southeast Asian peers, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), which analyzed EVN’s recently released 2020 financial statements. “In a year when most regional […]

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IEEFA: Global investors are moving away from the massive climate-related risks associated with fossil fuels

IEEFA: Global investors are moving away from the massive climate-related risks associated with fossil fuels

Top debt and equity investors committed over $300 billion in 2020 into building renewable energy capacity

19 July 2021 (IEEFA Australia): Despite the economic disruption from COVID-19, top global debt and equity investors are continuing to drive capital into the renewable energy infrastructure sector due to its consistency in providing investment opportunities, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “Global investors are accelerating their […]

IEEFA: Uncertainty surrounds U.S. liquefied natural gas export projects in emerging Asia

Significant market risks and shifting U.S. policies could undermine LNG project ambitions in the region

July 8, 2021 (IEEFA) ⎼ Potential trade and climate policy shifts in the U.S. are raising questions about the viability of several ambitious liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects planned for emerging Asian markets, according to a recent report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). New LNG import project sponsors in the […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Skyrocketing plastics prices a major concern for public health, economy
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IEEFA U.S.: Skyrocketing plastics prices a major concern for public health, economy

An ‘essential industry’ to the U.S. economy runs in the dark

October 18, 2021 (IEEFA) — Despite its growing importance to the U.S. economy, the nation’s plastics industry remains a heavily concentrated sector taking advantage of an opaque, unregulated price-setting mechanism to bolster profits for major oil and gas companies, as well as plastic producers. The sector, which has increased prices throughout the year, was deemed […]

IEEFA Update: To be taken seriously, Australia needs a credible emissions reduction plan

Regional leadership up for grabs in the energy transition

The global transition to clean energy has ended its initial phase of incremental growth and is on the brink of transformational change. However imperfect may be the outcomes of November’s United Nations COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, policy, economic and financial forces are now combining to drive the rapid adoption of renewable energy around […]

October 13, 2021 Read More →

IEA: Renewable energy investment must triple by end of decade

Reuters: Investment in renewable energy needs to triple by the end of the decade if the world hopes to effectively fight climate change and keep volatile energy markets under control, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday. “The world is not investing enough to meet its future energy needs … transition‐related spending is gradually […]

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India’s Federal Bank Limited to drop financing of new coal projects

Mercom India: Federal Bank Limited will discontinue financing of any new-coal related projects, including coal-fired power projects. The announcement comes on the heels of the equity infusion from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in July 2021. In July 2021, IFC, the financial arm of the World Bank, acquired a 4.99% stake in Federal Bank for  […]

October 12, 2021 Read More →

Alinta plans 1-gigawatt offshore wind farm linked to Australia main grid

Renew Economy: Alinta is planning to build a huge 1 gigawatt offshore wind farm to tap into Australia’s main grid – the first major utility in the country to make such a commitment – as part of a massive spending spree on renewables and storage. CEO Jeff Dimery says Alinta is also poised to announce […]

October 8, 2021 Read More →

Asia Development Bank plans funds for early coal power plant closures

Nikkei Asia ($): The Asian Development Bank plans to create funds, possibly next year, to facilitate early closures of coal-fired power plants in Southeast Asia. The new funds will buy such plants and take an active role in their management. Working with governments and financial institutions, the ADB plans to launch the funds in countries […]

October 7, 2021 Read More →

Indonesia rolls out plan to add 4.7 gigawatts of solar by 2030

PV Tech: Indonesia is aiming to deploy an additional 4,680MW of solar by 2030 as part of efforts to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2060. Energy minister Arifin Tasrif said a new 2021-2030 master plan will see Indonesia source 51.6% of its added power capacity by the end of the decade from renewables, while […]

October 6, 2021 Read More →

Asia natural gas producers launch program to “advise governments”

Manifold Times: The Morrison government has increased support for controversial fossil fuel projects that promise to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions by approving a plan to award them carbon credits. The Asia Natural Gas and Energy Association (ANGEA) has been launched during the 10th Annual LNG Producer Consumer Conference on 5 October 2021. The […]

October 5, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA: Will CEO Jane Fraser clean up Citi’s climate record?

As a former Citi executive, I know the bank could change course and lead again

In September 2007, with a mortgage crisis clearly on the horizon, Citigroup’s CEO Charles Prince III gathered with his top executives to understand whether the bank—then the nation’s largest—faced any risk. The consensus was no. How wrong they were. In a year’s time, Lehman Brothers crashed, triggering a global financial collapse. Citigroup lost 90% of […]

October 4, 2021 Read More →

TotalEnergies, Air Liquide among investors in $1.7 billion hydrogen fund

Bloomberg ($): TotalEnergies SE, Air Liquide SA and Vinci SA pledged to contribute 100 million euros ($116 million) each to a fund created by Ardian SAS and FiveT Hydrogen that aims to invest 1.5 billion euros in clean hydrogen infrastructure. The commitments are the latest sign of the growing interest in the carbon-free fuel. Nations […]

October 1, 2021 Read More →