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China’s national carbon emissions trading system (ETS), currently the largest carbon market in the world, officially began online trading at the Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange (SEEE) on the morning of July 16, as reported by Sina on July 17. On its first day of...

As China aims to attain carbon neutrality by 2060, the energy sector faces increasing pressure for vast and deep decarbonization. Hydrogen emerges as a potential alternative energy source to accelerate this transition. According to a white paper on China’s hydrogen and fuel cell industry in...

South Korean battery producer Samsung SDI [006400:KS] is eyeing building a battery cell plant in the US amid the rising demand for electric vehicles (EVs), according to Reuters on July 8. Although company officials have not disclosed details of the investment, a company source told...

Japanese environment and trade ministries published the target to achieve 108GW of solar power capacity by 2030, up-scaling its previous 64GW target by 1.7 times, as reported by PV Tech on July 7. Currently, Japan is on track to reach 88GW of solar capacity by...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (Sinopec) [SNP:US] launched the construction of the country’s first carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) project above one-million-ton capacity, as reported by Sina on July 5. The project, named after two of Sinopec’s subsidiaries Qilu Petrochemical and Shengli Oilfield, will...

ESG investing is a new initiative with fast-growing awareness among Chinese companies. It impacts the entire investment value chain including asset owners, asset managers, as well as listed companies and their stakeholders. This initiative is yet to become a mainstream phenomenon in the Chinese...

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan [7201:JP] announced its plan to build a GBP1bn (approximately USD1.38bn) gigafactory in Sunderland, the UK, in collaboration with Chinese battery technology company Envision AESC, as reported by CNBC on July 1. This would be the first gigafactory in the UK, estimated...

Singapore’s national electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) management system took effect on July 1, according to an announcement posted by the National Environment Agency (NEA) on June 30. The new system covers common e-waste types including light bulbs, portable batteries, mobile phones, computers, and other...

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