The ASEAN State of Climate Change Report (ASCCR) provides an overall outlook of the state of play of climate change issues in the ASEAN region. ASCCR is also a forward-looking report, which includes recommendations on making the transition toward 2030 and on to 2050 for both adaptation and mitigation, considering ASEAN’s development context and the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement.
The challenges confronting the ASEAN region as well as the current commitment of ASEAN to contribute to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement (PA) are discussed. Recognising the dual challenges to meet reporting requirements under the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) and to make progress towards the ambition of the PA goals of limiting global average temperature increase to well below 2 degrees Celsius (°C), preferably to 1.5°C, compared to pre-industrial levels, the report develops a methodology to assess the current progress of actions and the need to strengthen them through 2030 and on to 2050 based on the concepts of “transparency” and “transformation”.
Specifically, the report presents the current status and outlook of the ASEAN region’s development context relevant to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the impacts of climate change as well as vulnerability to them, and climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. The report also provides viable goals and pathways to develop an ASEAN vision for climate action toward 2050, to reach the PA goals, and carry out the related actions in the region needed to achieve this vison.
*We express our sincere appreciation to our partner think-tanks and distinguished researchers.
Romeo Pacudan and Nabih Fahkri Matussin at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and the Brunei National Energy Research Institute (BNERI);
Nong Monin, Lonn Pichdara and Nhong Sodavy at the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) and Chann Sopheak at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP);
Rizaldi Boer and Arzyana Sunkar at the Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management of IPB University (Bogor Agricultural University) and Retno Gelang Dewi and Utjok W.R. Siagian at the Research Center on Energy Policy of Bandung Institute of Technology;
Leeber Leebouapao and Palikone Thalongsengchanh at the National Institute for Economic Research (NIER);
Chin Siong Ho, Loon Wai Chau, Haslenda Hashim, Gabriel Hoh Teck Ling, Bor Tsong Teh, Cassendra Phun Chien Bong and Siti Hajar Misnan at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM);
Hla Maung Thein, San Win, and Kyaw Moe Aung at the Environmental Conservation Department (ECD) at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation;
Damasa B. Magcale-Macandog at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños (UPLB) and Amelia Dulce D. Supetran at the Philippines’ Climate Change Commission;
Nilufer Oral, Sharon Seah, and Amiel Ian Valdez at the Centre for International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Koh Tieh Yong at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), and Melissa Low at the Energy Studies Institute (ESI) at NUS;
Kraichat Tantrakarnapa at the Mahidol University; and
Tran Thanh Thuy, Vo Dinh Suc, Do Thi Thao Huong and Dang Quang Thinh at the Viet Nam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change (IMHEN).