UK-Singapore University Network Policy Reports COP26

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In the first such collaboration, the UK university network COP26 and leading Singapore research centers have partnered on four reports that shine a light on climate change in the South East Asia region.

Bringing together researchers from the UK and Singapore, each report offers a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges of transitioning to a sustainable, low-carbon economy in ASEAN countries.

The four reports aim to support the UK’s policy development and international targets for COP26 in Singapore and across South East Asia, focusing on the following areas:

Adaptation and resilience: University of Glasgow (UK) and Earth Observatory of Singapore

The ASEAN region is increasingly threatened by natural hazards, some of which are exacerbated by climate change. The Adaptation and Resilience report presents the hazards, exposures and vulnerabilities facing the region, as well as disaster risk reduction strategies at subnational and national levels and in cross-border contexts.

This report is led by Professor Fabrice Renaud (School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, UK), Professor Benjamin P. Horton and Dr Lauriane Chardot (Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore).

Green finance: Dr Raúl Rosales from Imperial College Business School (UK), independently via Imperial Consultants, and Singapore Green Finance Center (SGFC)

The report examines the rationale for trading carbon credits and the role of institutional investors in the development of voluntary carbon markets (VCMs) in the Southeast Asian region. This is of particular interest in Singapore, as the country is planning its position as a future regional carbon trading and service center.

This report is led by Dr Raúl Rosales of Imperial College Business School (UK), independently via Imperial Consultants, with his co-authors Priya Bellino and Dr Marwa Elnahass (Newcastle University Business School), Dr Harald Heubaum (SOAS University of London), Philip Lim, Paul Lemaistre, Dr Kelly Siman (National University of Singapore), Professor Sofie Sjögersten (University of Nottingham), with the collaboration of the Singapore Green Finance Center (SGFC) and industry contributors: AXA Investment Management, ClimateSeed, Air Carbon Exchange, Carbon TradeXChange, Sylvera, Soil Capital Carbon and BNP Paribas.

Nature-based climate solutions: University of Nottingham (UK) and National University Singapore (NUS) Center for Nature-based Climate Solutions (CNCS)

Nature-based climate solutions (NbS) are widely available, scalable, and cost-effective mechanisms for sequestering carbon and protecting Southeast Asia’s vast carbon stocks. In addition, NbS offer many co-benefits such as haze reduction, biodiversity and shoreline protection, ecosystem services, and can provide economic opportunities through carbon credits and small-scale economies.

This report is led by Dr Kelly Siman (Center for Nature-Based Climate Solutions, National University of Singapore) and Professor Sofie Sjögersten (University of Nottingham).

Energy Transition: University of Newcastle (UK) and National University of Singapore (NUS) Institute for Energy Studies and Institute for Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) – Yusof Ishak Institute

The report (to be published later) explores the links between the economic recovery after Covid-19, energy consumption and the integration of climate into ASEAN’s low-carbon and sustainable energy transition plans. The authors also provide an economic analysis and discuss the employment and social justice concerns of the energy transition.

This report is edited by Ms. Sharon Seah, Senior Fellow (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute), Professor Philip McGowan (Newcastle University) and Ms. Melissa Low, Research Fellow (Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore), with their contributors; Ms Melinda Martinus (ISEAS-YII), Professor Atanu Ghoshray and Dr Marco Lorusso (University of Newcastle), Dr Ryan Wong and Dr Lee Poh Onn (ISEAS-YII), Professor Emerita Lorraine Elliott (Australian National University), Dr Abidah Setiyowati ( Technology University of Delft) and Dr Serina Rahman (ISEAS-YII).

About the COP26 university network:

The COP26 Universities Network is a growing group of over 80 UK-based universities and research institutes working together to increase ambition for tangible results at the UNFCCC COP26 summit in Glasgow and beyond. Read more here

Contact for press inquiries:

Nandini Prashad

Communication manager

The British High Commission in Singapore

[email protected]

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