Climate change, energy and the environment

The ongoing ecological and social crises are interconnected.

By fostering a social-ecological transformation, we challenge a growth model that destroys the natural basis for life and benefits the rich more than the poor. With our partners, we shape alliances between social and environmental actors to overcome those interconnected crises together.

In line with the overarching concept of a social-ecological transformation, we promote the concept of international and domestic climate justice. The socioeconomic opportunities, not only the burdens, arising from climate change mitigation and adaptation should be shared according to historic and current emission levels. Moreover, we ensure with our partners that international climate funds reach the most vulnerable groups, who need to be heard when it comes to using those funds.

We explore solutions for a just transition, especially in the energy sector. Renewable energy can mitigate climate change and create “green jobs” across the value chain, even in rural areas. Nonetheless, steps are needed to ensure that a move away from fossil fuels is socially just, in the interest of workers and entire communities.

We endorse political participation on climate change, energy, and the environment. All Asian countries have launched strategies for green growth, low carbon development and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). However, these are seldom integrated into policy frameworks, and are not rooted in experience. By increased political participation, best-practice solutions can be integrated into policies, based on the real needs and capacities of those most vulnerable to climate change and environmental disasters.

News

  • 19.08.2020 | Climate change | News

    Youth advocates volunteered for climate education amid lockdown

    During lockdown, FES Philippines produced “Can We Cool Down The Earth” - an audiobook on climate change aimed at children, voiced by young...

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  • 08.01.2020 | Climate change | News

    "Governments failed us at COP25"

    As governments show insufficient signs of comprehensively addressing the climate emergency, civil society must step up efforts to make sure their...

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  • 05.11.2019 | Climate change | News

    Women and climate change: Initializing gender-sensitive perspectives for South-East Asia

    Interview with Gotelind Alber on a genuine gender-sensitive climate transition for South-East Asia

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  • 24.07.2019 | Climate change | News

    Renewable energy can be “win-win-win” for Viet Nam

    A greater emphasis on renewable energy could benefit the people and the economy as well as the environment in Viet Nam.

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  • 03.06.2019 | Climate change | News

    Coal-based power plants: Viet Nam’s unsolved problem

    A look at the county’s persistently popular but problematic power source.

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Publications

  • Zhang Junjie, Donghui Liu, Xue Lan, Chen Xiduo, Wu Honglin | Climate change | Publication

    Achieving a socially equitable energy transition in China

    On the example of China, this publication looks at the political and social factors that drive—but also hamper—socially just energy transitions in...

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  • Roberto S. Verzola, Jose D. Logarta Jr. (Viking) and Pedro H. Maniego, Jr. | Climate change | Publication

    Towards a just transition in the Philippine electricity sector

    On the example of the Philippines, this publication looks at the political and social factors that drive—but also hamper—socially just energy...

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  • Puree Sirasoontorn and Praipol Koomsup | Climate change | Publication

    Energy Transition in Thailand

    On the example of Thailand, this publication looks at the political and social factors that drive—but also hamper—socially just energy transitions in...

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  • Maria Lauranti and Eka Afrina Djamhari | Climate change | Publication

    A Socially Equitable Energy Transition in Indonesia

    On the example of Indonesia, this publication looks at the political and social factors that drive—but also hamper—socially just energy transitions in...

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  • Miranda Schreurs and Julia Balanowski | Climate change | Publication

    Promoting Socially and Economically Just Energy Transformations in Asia

    A comprehensive overview of the most important political and social factors, the commonalities and differences, that drive—but also hamper—socially...

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  • Udai S Mehta, Pratim Bose and Ashwini K Swain | Climate change | Publication

    In Pursuit of a Low Fossil Energy Future

    On the example of India, this publication looks at the political and social factors that drive—but also hamper—socially just energy transitions in...

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  • Koos Neefjes and Dang Thi Thu Hoai | Climate change | Publication

    Towards a socially just energy transition in Viet Nam

    On the example of Vietnam, this publication looks at the political and social factors that drive—but also hamper—socially just energy transitions in...

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  • Sonja Schirmbeck | Climate change | Publication

    Vietnam's environmental policies at a crossroads

    Vietnam achieved a rapid socio-economic development within the last decades, lifting millions of people out of poverty. However, the future...

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Contact

Claudia Ehing

Director, FES Asia Climate & Energy Project

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