Asia Pacific

lng terminal spain

Talk of building liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminals in the Philippines has been ongoing for years. However, those talks mostly lead nowhere amid regulatory and financing hurdles, as well as companies trying to appease not only officials in Manila but provincial officials who often scared away international business with their under the table demands… Keep reading →

NATO Supply Trucks Remain Marooned At Karachi Port

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recently called for “climate proofing” – to borrow a term used by Preety Bhandari, who heads ADB’s Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Unit – low-lying or coastal cities in Asia requiring the trifecta of sound integrated planning, adequate resources and political commitment. “The battle against climate change is likely… Keep reading →

Views of Saigon Ho Chi Minh City

At the world’s largest electronics trade show – the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas – among the many cool consumer gadgets, which saw the light of the day for the first time, was a vehicle that could be grouped into a category named ‘sustainable urban mobility / environmentally friendly urban living’. Remember the… Keep reading →

Beijing  Implements EU IV Emissions Standards Ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games

As Chinese citizens demand cleaner air, but put more cars on the road, Beijing is retooling its policies towards fuel standards and pricing, while Chinese refiners adjust company strategy. Watch for these forces to play out in the next few years, with the potential for ripple affects throughout Asia, especially in the gasoline and diesel… Keep reading →

Cable & Wireless

The Panama Canal is on the Energy Information Administration’s list of the world’s six global oil chokepoints. While the canal is the smallest of the six – moving just 700,000-800,000 barrels per day of crude oil and petroleum products from 2007 to 2011, compared to the 15-17 million bbl/d that transited the Strait of Hormuz… Keep reading →

Protestors Rally Outside Obama Fundraising Luncheon In California

Even if environmental opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline manages to prevent its construction,  it will fail to achieve environmental groups’ objective of preventing development of the oil sands production at the origination point, according to Charles Dewhurst, US Natural Resources practice leader for accounting and consulting firm BDO. “Environmental groups are very concerned that… Keep reading →

British and Irish Lions Media Session

America currently uses more air conditioning than the rest of the world combined. That could change.   Stephen Lacey: August 13, 2013   America used to be the king of car sales, but China took that crown in 2009. America also used to be the world’s biggest polluter, but China now has that dubious distinction… Keep reading →