Columns and blogs

In truth, the differentiation between a column and a blog is generally unclear, with the exception that a column is generally longer than an opinionated blog. Their remit is often the same; an irreverent or side-ways look at news or issues. The reality is that the more opinionated a published piece of work can be, the more reader interaction it might provoke. While most of my work involves a drier and fact-based style, I have included some columns published over the years in a public forum. Corporate ghost writing has been excluded.

Rapacious neighbors still trying to grasp Burmese energy

Follow the Money: CleanBiz.Asia Questions over the future of Burma’s energy policy are arising yet again. Not only has Thailand’s energy minister denied that bribes have been given by the state oil company PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) but China has stepped up its pressure to reignite the environmentally bankrupt Myitsone dam project. Thai...

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China getting serious about concentrated solar power

China looks set to step up its interest in concentrated solar power (CSP) by commissioning US company BrightSource Energy as a technology supplier to the first commercial-scale CSP project to be undertaken as part of the US–China Framework for the Ten-Year Cooperation on Energy and Environment. It will also compile a national CSP Handbook...

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Foreign firms face environmental whip first

Follow the Money: CleanBiz.Asia The crack of China’s environmental whip was heard across the foreign investment community when BMW was told to pick up its environmental game. “Drinking polluted water while driving BMW sedans is certainly not the type of industrialization we are looking forward to,” China’s environment minister, Zhou Shengxian, told the People’s...

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Malaysian planters launch PR drive over SE Asia haze

Malaysian oil palm plantation companies are taking a softly, softly approach on ASEAN’s efforts to get Indonesia to ratify and enforce the new Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution. In a press statement, the Association of Plantation Investors of Malaysia in Indonesia (APIMI) has called for composure and not to persue those who were behind...

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Softbank’s fuel cell move highlights upswell in Asia

The announcement of Japan’s telecom and Internet giant, Softbank, signing up with US-company Bloom Energy to distribute stationary fuel-cell technology belies a cleantech sector that is quietly flourishing in Asia. Softbank and Bloom have created Bloom Energy Japan, a 50/50 partnership in which each is investing USD10 million. While sales of the new venture...

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China’s energy strategy will make waves for years to come

Follow the money, CleanBiz.Asia The economic turmoil of the financial crash saw China being feted as a white knight with drawbridges being lowered to investment from Chinese companies. This has turned to bitterness, like a liberating army becoming an occupying force. Even with struggling solar and wind sectors, China has become the dominant global...

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Forget the world as we knew it

Follow the Money, CleanBiz.Asia It was like an elephant in the corner of the room. Hurricane Sandy came roaring through the Northeast United States, disrupting the lives of millions while chalking up to USD45 billion worth of damage, and yet neither presidential candidate mentioned climate change or flagged it as a policy imperative. Throughout...

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Time for India to face facts

Follow the money, CleanBiz.Asia August 2, 2012 To paraphrase wit and playwright Oscar Wilde: “To lose one grid, Mr Singh, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness”. For India’s Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, the power collapse of, eventually, three power grids over two days leaving more than 600 million...

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China’s solar industry: a fine state of affairs

2011 was a rough year for China’s solar power manufacturing industry and has been seen to come home to roost in the recent round of 4th quarter result announcements. Gerry O’Kane has been sifting the figures and looking at developments in the solar market to asses their prospects. March saw a flurry of news...

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Burma’s intriguing power game beckons clean biz investors

Follow the Money CleanBiz.Asia, January 13th, 2012 Gerry O’Kane There is an intriguing fight developing between clean and renewable business and non-green industries in Burma. In a very public announcement – to reporters in Rangoon – the minister for electricity Khin Maung Soe halted the construction of a Thai-backed coal-fired power station. It comes...

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China’s battle with water pollution is up-hill all the way

As the debate over revisions to China’s Environmental Law rumbles on, new incidents of groundwater and river pollution pour out of the Chinese media...

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China’s energy strategy will make waves for years to come

Follow the money, CleanBiz.Asia The economic turmoil of the financial crash saw China being feted as a white knight with drawbridges being lowered to...

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Currency Management: Minding the pennies and cents

Investment and Pensions Europe (IPE): 1 Nov 2012 01 Nov 2012 Pension funds are learning that currency costs need to be managed, writes Gerry...

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Forget the world as we knew it

Follow the Money, CleanBiz.Asia It was like an elephant in the corner of the room. Hurricane Sandy came roaring through the Northeast United States,...

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Hong Kong-listed logging company continues global rape

CleanBiz.Asia Malaysian logging group Samling, has been accused of using illegal logging permits to give it access to pristine forests in Liberia. The case...

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