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Asia and Pacific

The Asia-Pacific region is large, diverse and dynamic with 4.4 billion people living in 58 economies ranging from the world’s largest energy consumer to the small island economies that are among the most vulnerable to climate impact.

The region consumes more than half of the global energy sources with 85% of which come from fossil fuels while still leaving 10% of the population without access to electricity and many more relying on traditional use of biomass for cooking and heating. Alongside the rapid urbanization and industrialization occurring in the region demanding even more energy, the opportunities to by-pass the carbon lock-in not only exist, given the vast amount of renewable energy resources and the established knowledge in the region.

To make it a reality, it would require a clear vision and governments’ strong commitments to transition to a more sustainable and low-carbon energy future.