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Can Asia kick its coal addiction?


Can Asia kick its coal addiction?
in partnership with The Judith Neilson Institute

This is a digital-only ThinkIn.

The world’s most populous continent, with its fastest-growing economies, depends on coal. Its importers have no coherent plans to replace it and its exporters – chief among them Australia and Indonesia – have no intention of giving up coal revenues. Yet as Cop26 approaches one thing the rest of the world agrees on is the need to phase out coal fast. What are the vested interests standing in the way and what practical strategies are available to overcome them on the timetable the planet needs? This special ThinkIn in Tortoise’s Accelerating Net Zero series will draw on original reporting from newsrooms in Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam as part of a unique collaboration funded by the Judith Neilson Institute. We’ll hear from experts, stakeholders and reporters across Asia on the state of play at the true coalface of the clean energy transition. 

editor and invited experts

Giles Whittell
Sensemaker Editor

Retno Nartani
Mining Engineer at the Institut Teknologi Bandung, and member of International Women in Mining

Sharan Raj
National Coordinator for the Bureau for Environment and Climate Crisis of the Malaysian Socalist Party (PSM)

Wahyu Dyatmika
Editor at Indonesia’s Tempo Media Group and initiator of the Judith Neilson Institute’s Asian coal project