The Nexus of Energy Security, Environmental Sustainability and Economic Prosperity as Prisms to Decipher Asia’s Moving Challenges.

Vendredi 29 juillet 2016

Auteurs : Benjamin Denjean

The growth and economic prosperity in Asia have brought tremendous opportunity and challenges in the energy landscape, where every technology unveils a unique set of vested interests, weaving intricate patterns of sustainability and security prospects. Not surprisingly, the Chinese leviathan, both through its energy demands and recent foreign influence expansion is getting a central place in this nexus chessboard.

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While coal will remain the major source of energy in Asia, phasing out is still widely unaddressed in the region despite known co-benefits. Oil and gas reserves are still waved as tension drivers on South China Sea which is embedded into a larger web of security interests around militarization of the Pacific and control commerce route. Finally the promised renewable energy revolution even without shifting the energy security balance is increasingly weighing on infrastructure development priorities and weakens natural resource holders’ dominant positions. This situation is being challenged by the unique place of coercive and transboundary reach of hydropower stations. Gas is also at a crossroads in Asia as the competition rages between LNG terminals and transcontinental pipeline.
The expected multifaceted development of infrastructure supported by the new AIIB is yet to represent the trial by fire of China’s foreign new go global coordinate development.

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