Sustainability

ASEAN’s megacities in danger

As megacities emerge across the globe, the ones in Asia remain among the fastest growing and cheapest places to build. These cities will continue to grow in size and affluence, due to ever-increasing urban populations. The United Nations (UN) describe megacities as urban areas with a population of 10 million or more.

20 May 2019
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Xi’s Belt and Road rakes in US$64 billion

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Saturday US$64 billion in deals were signed at a summit on his Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and more nations would join the global infrastructure programme as he sought to ease concerns over the colossal project.

28 April 2019
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China's Belt and Road gets a makeover

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s grand Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is getting a makeover to tone down government rhetoric and tighten oversight, after allegations of corruption and a lack of sustainability dogged some of its highest-profile projects.

23 April 2019
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Cities for the people

Dante’s Divine Comedy describes one level of hell (the City of Dis) as “Satan’s wretched city…full of distress and torment terrible.” He could well have been describing many modern-day metropolises.

12 April 2019
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edotco: Driving Asia’s sustainable telco industry

Innovation, determination and a keen sense of foresight have been the cornerstones of edotco Group’s pioneering sustainability and green engineering drive.

The only regional tower company in Asia, edotco currently owns, manages and operates around 29,600 towers on the continent – making it the 13th largest tower company in the world.

4 April 2019
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Consumerism in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia’s rapid urbanisation and increasing affluence has led to concerns about the growth of consumerism and its impact on sustainability. Consumerism is the constant purchasing of goods and services not termed as needs such as food, water, clothing and shelter and follows changing trends and fashion.

3 March 2019
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Growth in tourism sector under threat

Tourism is a powerful tool for development. It represents 10 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) and provides 10 percent of jobs globally. The sector is also interlinked with every other sector in the economy.

2 March 2019
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Microplastics and the environment

The alarming spread of microplastics has become a problem that can no longer be ignored. 

Microplastics are plastics measuring five millimetres or smaller and are formed when larger pieces of plastic such as shopping bags or bottles disintegrate into smaller pieces.

1 March 2019
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ASEAN’s poor plastic waste record

ASEAN is once again in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, this time after the newly formed Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) singled out the region for its disproportionate contribution to plastic waste in the environment – especially the ocean

17 February 2019
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