18 Nov We need to do more collectively on climate: Associate Professor Simon Tay
Media Note on Post COP26
We need to do more collectively on climate:
Associate Professor Simon Tay
Singapore, Day, 18 November 2021: “COP26 emphasises that we need to do more collectively on climate. Each country should decarbonise domestically, but should also capitalise on its unique strengths and work across borders towards a sustainable future,” said Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA).
He added, “For Southeast Asia, an ‘ASEAN Climate Community’ could help to coordinate regional efforts on reducing emissions, leverage green economic opportunities and promote sustainable livelihoods.”
Speaking on carbon pricing, Ms Meixi Gan, Deputy Director (Sustainability), SIIA, said, “It is encouraging to see ASEAN governments moving towards carbon pricing. Carbon pricing is a valuable tool for the region to remain competitive in trade in a greener global economy, and it will support a liquid carbon market.”
The SIIA is able comment on the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), and decarbonisation efforts in Southeast Asia. The Institute is also open to interviews for an upcoming report which provides a case for increased cooperation among the ASEAN member states, and encourages ASEAN to synergise efforts and collectively work towards building a “climate community” to advance climate action. The report will be published on 29 November 2021.
The SIIA is a leading independent think tank based in Singapore which is part of the network of “track-2” think tanks in the region. Associate Professor Tay is concurrently a tenured Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. He has written and advised extensively on sustainability issues in ASEAN.
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Established in 1962, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) is a non-profit and independent think tank committed to producing policy analysis, fostering in-depth dialogues and bridging gaps between policymakers, private sector decision-makers and experts to shape public policy and social responses. Centred around ASEAN focused themes, the institute aims to deliver policy analysis in international affairs and on issues driving environmental sustainability. The SIIA has been consistently ranked as one of the leading think tanks in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, in the Global Go To Think Tank Index by the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2017, the SIIA was ranked the No. 1 independent think tank in Asia. It was also recognised as one of the top 50 think tanks globally, excluding the United States of America. For two consecutive years since 2019, it was recognised as the No. 1 think tank in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific (excluding India). In 2020, it was also recognised as one of the think tanks with the best policy and institutional response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
About the SIIA’s Sustainability Programme
The SIIA’s Sustainability Programme was established in 1997 when it organised Singapore’s first haze dialogue with the Singapore Environment Council. Since then, the Sustainability Programme has evolved to address a range of sustainability issues ASEAN faces. The Programme continues to focus on the haze and resource sector, as well as using green finance and carbon financing as levers to advance supply chain sustainability and drive Southeast Asia’s “green recovery” from the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of its Sustainability Programme, the SIIA facilitates dialogues between governments, private sector, academia and NGOs. One of the SIIA’s key platforms is its flagship event, the Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources (SDSWR), launched in 2014. The annual event attracts about 300 high-level participants to discuss best practices, new commitments and noteworthy cross-sector collaborations in ASEAN’s resource sector, to prevent and mitigate the recurrence of transboundary haze. A key research output by the Institute is the SIIA Haze Outlook report. Launched in 2019, the report serves as a risk assessment and predictive tool for countries in the region to determine the likelihood of a severe transboundary haze incident. In 2020, the SIIA released the report “ESG in Practice: A Closer Look at Sustainability in ASEAN’s Palm Oil and Pulpwood Sectors”, providing recommendations to align agribusiness and forestry stakeholders on environmental, social, and governance factors towards a long-term vision of sustainable production.