Hydrogen and decarbonisation of gas: false dawn or silver bullet?

This Insight continues the OIES series considering the future of gas. The clear message from previous papers is that on the (increasingly certain) assumption that governments in major European gas markets remain committed to decarbonisation targets, the existing natural gas industry is under threat. It is therefore important to develop a decarbonisation narrative leading to a low- or zero-carbon gas implementation plan.

Previous papers have considered potential pathways for gas to decarbonise, specifically considering biogas and biomethane , and power-to-gas (electrolysis) . This paper goes on to consider the potential for production, transport and use of hydrogen in the decarbonising energy system. Previous papers predominately focused on Europe, which has been leading the way in decarbonisation. Hydrogen is now being considered more widely in various countries around the world, so this paper reflects that wider geographical coverage. Tiếp tục đọc “Hydrogen and decarbonisation of gas: false dawn or silver bullet?”

Learning from Power Sector Reform Experiences: The Case of Vietnam

Policy Research Working Paper
1. State-centric institutions can rapidly and successfully develop a power sector with concerted efforts, notwithstanding the opportunity for well-regulated competition and private sector participation to improve efficiency and financial viability.
2. Gradual reform steps offer the opportunity to build consensus each step of the way and learn by doing. This can lead to different outcomes than expected, as policy drivers evolve.
3. The sequence of reforms matters. Introducing market mechanisms ahead of other vital elements may limit their effectiveness and make subsequent reform steps more difficult

The Global Economic Impacts of COVID-19

March 10, 2020 CSIS

Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which first appeared in China at the end of last year, now exceed 115,000 as of March 10 and are likely to climb significantly higher. While over two-thirds of the total confirmed cases are in mainland China, the vast majority of new cases reported since February 25 have occurred outside the country. What was initially seen as a largely China-centric shock is now understood to be a global crisis. The virus’s spread has regrettably borne out analysts’ downside scenarios, with investors digesting the implications of disrupted supply chains, official containment measures, and spillovers from the real economy to financial markets. A decision by two of the world’s largest energy producers to maintain current levels of production, despite falling energy prices, has further unnerved investors while questions about governments’ abilities to mount an effective and coordinated response linger. The increased uncertainty has led to financial market volatility last seen during the global financial crisis. Tiếp tục đọc “The Global Economic Impacts of COVID-19”

Asean Meeting of Finance Chiefs to Proceed in Vietnam in March

Karlis Salna – Nguyen Dieu Tu Uyen March 12 2020, 2:24 PM (Bloomberg)

Finance ministers and central bank governors from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will meet in Vietnam later this month after initially weighing a proposal to postpone the summit due to the coronavirus. Authorities in Vietnam, which holds the Asean chairmanship, have confirmed the summit will now go ahead as scheduled, the Asean Secretariat said Thursday. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had been weighing a proposal to postpone the meeting, set to take place over four days in Halong Bay, a beach city north of Hanoi, beginning March 24. Finance and central bank officials from across Southeast Asia, as well as Japan, South Korea and China, had been expected to attend.

Read more at: https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/asean-meeting-of-finance-chiefs-to-proceed-in-vietnam-in-march

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Continuing Vietnam’s anti-graft campaign beyond Nguyen Phu Trong

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Tên chính thức của dịch coronavirus – Official name of Coronavirus pandemic


02.11.2020 07:08 PM

Coronavirus Has a Name: The Deadly Disease Is Covid-19

The virus that causes it is SARS-CoV-2. (We didn’t say they were good names.)

a researcher in a lab
The naming of viruses is a serious matter. How people describe a disease and the people who have it can create or perpetuate dangerous stigmas.PHOTOGRAPH: JEFF PACHOUD/GETTY IMAGES

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