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1st Edition

Climate Smart Development in Asia
Transition to Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Economies

ISBN 9781844078622
Published February 13, 2012 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

Asia is rapidly becoming a major contributor of global greenhouse gas emissions. Also many countries in the region are highly vulnerable to impacts of climate change. With a growing consensus that there is limited time to avoid dangerous climate change, scientists, engineers, economists and policymakers worldwide have begun exploring how developing Asia can capitalize on the transition to a climate-smart development paradigm. Most discussions, however, have focused primarily on the transfer of technologies from developed to developing countries and have overlooked other equally important issues such as financing, governance, and capacity.

This book covers all critical aspects of climate-smart development and attempts to integrate both market-based and technology-based solutions into a comprehensive approach for creating a roadmap for low carbon, climate-resilient economies in Asia. It examines strategies, policies and incentives in selected countries for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the energy, transportation, land use, and buildings sectors. It also identifies policies that are essential to improve resilience to both current and future impacts of climate change.

The book highlights technical, economic, financial, and institutional challenges and opportunities for realizing climate-smart development in Asia at the national and sub-national levels. How the international climate regime can facilitate appropriate enabling environment in developing Asia is also examined.

This book is essential reading for policy makers, students, practitioners, and researchers concerned with climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable development in Asia and the wider world. It is hoped that the book will contribute to discussions on the theme of "green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication" in the run-up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development or "Rio +20" and beyond.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction  1. Low Carbon Climate-Resilient Economies (LCE) in Asia: An Overview  Part 2: Case Studies  2.The Potential for Low Carbon Climate-Resilient Economy (LCE) in Japan  3. The Potential for LCE in India  4. Challenges and Opportunities for LCE in China: A Case Study of Policies for Wind Development  5. LCE in Indonesia: A Review of National Programs for GHG Emissions Mitigation and Climate Resilience  6. The Potential for Voluntary Approaches to Realize a Low Carbon Economy: Private-Public Partnerships in Taiwan  Part 3: Enabling Conditions  7. Technologies for Transition to LCE: A Case Study of CCS in Asia  8. Financing the Low-Carbon Energy Sector in the Context of Post-2012 Climate Regime Negotiations  9. Enabling the Transition to a Low Carbon Climate Resilient Economy in Asian Cities: Drivers, Barriers and Solutions  10. Policy Frameworks and Climate Feedbacks for LCE: The Case of Hydropower  11. Bioenergy Deployment for a Low Carbon Climate Resilient Economy: Biogas for Cooking in India  Part 4: The Way Forward  12. LCE in Asia: Looking Back to Move Forward

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Ancha Srinivasan, formerly a Principal Researcher and Manager at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), is a Principal Climate Change Specialist at the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines.

Frank Hiroshi Ling is an Associate Researcher at IGES and a Researcher at Ibaraki University in Mito, Japan.

Hideyuki Mori is the President of IGES, Hayama, Japan.


"This book provides a comprehensive and detailed primer to climate-smart development. It covers all critical aspects of LCE and attempts to integrate both market- and technology-based solutions into a comprehensive approach for achieving LCE and climate resilience in Asia. […] The book should be particularly useful for policymakers, scientists, researchers, and students in the fields of low-carbon economy, clean and renewable energy, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable development in Asia as well as globally." – Wen J. Wang, University of Missouri, and Hong S. He, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Landscape Ecology