Reducing carbon: Why and how


Climate change is a defining challenge. This primer covers the why and how of decarbonisation, which includes reducing carbon emission and capturing/sequestering carbon.
Group Research29 Apr 2021
  • Combating man-made global warming will entail deep economic, financial, and regulatory adjustments
  • Public sector mandates and market-based solutions will both be needed in this historic journey
  • We take stock of climate change science, the economics, pricing, and financing of decarbonisation
  • Nature-based solutions are particularly important in the South-East Asian context
  • China’s progress is pivotal to move the needle at global scale
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Climate change is the defining challenge and imperative of this and coming generations. Combating man-made global warming will entail deep economic, financial, and regulatory adjustments. Public sector mandates and market-based solutions will both be needed in this historic journey. In this primer, we examine the why and how of decarbonisation, which includes reducing carbon emission and capturing/sequestering carbon. Sections are devoted to setting the context with basic facts and the science of climate change, current progress and targets, the economics, pricing, and financing of decarbonisation. Nature-based solutions are particularly important in the South-East Asian context, as a significant portion of global tropical forestry and peatlands reside in the region. Accounting for 28% of global emission, China’s progress with reducing its carbon footprint is at the top of global interest. We examine its long-term plans and serious efforts already underway. The calling is not just for governments and corporations; civil society and individuals are playing a critical role too. From raising consciousness on one’s consumption pattern to promoting conservation, the bottom-up approaches are likely to be as transformational as any top-down initiatives


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Taimur Baig, Ph.D.

Chief Economist - G3 & Asia
taimurbaig@dbs.com

Nathan Chow

Senior Economist/Strategist
nathanchow@dbs.com

Ma Tieying

Economist - Japan, South Korea, & Taiwan
matieying@dbs.com


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