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Q&As: Natural Resources

April 2014

Building Social License: Harnessing the Environmental Impact Assessment for Social Capital

Policy Q&A

Brian Yates (SNC-Lavalin) examines the role of environmental impact assessments in acquiring social license. He addresses how they have evolved, how they can advance or derail efforts to gain social license, and how they function within Canada’s regulatory environment and the impact on Asian investment.

August 2013

India’s Water Crisis: Causes and Cures

Policy Q&A

For insights into what has led to India’s water crisis and what should be done to help alleviate it, NBR spoke with Kirit S. Parikh, chairman of Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe) and a former member of the Government of India’s Planning Commission in charge of water and energy issues.

July 2012

The Debate over Rare Earths: Recent Developments in Industry and the WTO Case

Policy Q&A

NBR reunited two leading rare earths experts—Yufan Hao (University of Macau) and Jane Nakano (Center for Strategic and International Studies)—whose previous NBR Q&A details the political and economic dimensions of China’s halt of rare earth exports to Japan in 2010. Their latest remarks assess the context, possible consequences, and implications of the WTO case- for China, the rare earth industry, and global trade and politics.

April 2012

Game Changers in Asia's Energy and Power Markets

Policy Q&A

As the world’s most dynamic economic region, Asia is attempting to expand electricity access and ensure energy security without compromising the environment. Mr. Herberg describes specific obstacles that lie ahead, as well as new opportunities that have emerged to help Asia make a shift toward abundant, reliable, and cleaner energy.

February 2012

Powering Asia through Technology

Policy Q&A

In advance of the 2012 Pacific Energy Summit, to be held in Hanoi, March 20–22, 2012, NBR asked Peter Hughes, Director and Head of the Energy Practice at Ricardo, a multi-industry energy consulting firm, to outline the important role that new technology can play in addressing Asia’s rapidly rising energy demand.

February 2012

Cleaner Kilowatts: Policy and Technology for Asia’s Coal Consumption

Policy Q&A

NBR spoke with Pacific Energy Summit alum Mark Thurber, who outlines the key issues that define Asia’s rising energy demand, the emerging global market for coal, new technologies for this age-old energy source, and how stakeholders can come together to help shape the region's future energy mix.

January 2012

Expanding Access to Electricity: What Asia Can Learn from a Success Story in Latin America

Policy Q&A

NBR asked Carlos Colom Bickford, President of the National Energy Commission (CNEE), Guatemala, to outline the key opportunities to expand access to electricity in Asia based on successful models from Latin America.

October 2011

India’s Energy Policy and Electricity Production

Policy Q&A

In an interview with NBR, Charles Ebinger outlines India’s current and future challenges in meeting its electricity demand. He argues that without serious energy and electricity sector reform, India runs the risk of derailing its rapid economic growth.

July 2011

Disputed Claims in the East China Sea

Policy Q&A

Maritime security expert James Manicom provides insights into the current status of the dispute and the implications for policy moving forward. Dr. Manicom is an SSHRC Post-doctoral Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo and a Visiting Researcher at the Ocean Policy Research Foundation in Tokyo.

May 2011

Rare Earth Elements, Asia's Resource Nationalism, and Sino-Japanese Relations

Policy Q&A

In recent years, the vast majority of rare earth elements—critical resources for clean-energy technology and high-tech manufacturing—have been mined in China. Consequently, when China briefly halted rare earth exports to Japan following a fall 2010 confrontation in the East China Sea, many observers debated whether China was attempting to gain political and diplomatic leverage over Japan or acting based on domestic concerns. Following its annual Energy Security Conference, NBR spoke with Yufan Hao of the University of Macau and Jane Nakano of the Center for Strategic and International Studies to gain greater insight into this issue.

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