The world's environmental future will be determined in significant part by what happens in the rapidly industrialising and urban economies of Asia. The sheer scale of urban population and industrial growth in Asia - from Indonesia to China - and the energy and materials intensive character of the development process constitutes a dark shadow over the region's, and indeed the world's, environment. And yet this challenge is also an opportunity. Precisely because so much of the urban-industrial investment within developing Asia has yet to take place, the opportunity exists to shape a different development future - one that is far less energy, materials and waste intensive.
Asia's Clean Revolution examines the prospects for and pathways to such a new trajectory. The book lays out a path-breaking vision of how developing economies might go beyond environmental regulation and put in place an array of policies and institutions that could integrate environmental, industrial and technological goals. These findings provide important input for negotiators considering climate change on a global scale.
The book approaches the challenge of growth and environment in Asia in a novel way, by identifying six major transformational dynamics under way in the world today, and assessing whether these can be harnessed to the goal of improved environmental performance of industry.
With a set of specially commissioned chapters from the leading authorities in North America and Asia, this ground-breaking book is the first to present concrete policy solutions to the looming crisis driven by large-scale urban-industrial growth in developing Asia.
Table of Contents
Preface Owen Cylke, US–Asia Environmental Partnership and Winrock International, USA, Somporn Kamolsiripichaiporn, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand 1. Toward clean shared growth in Asia David P. Angel, Clark University, USA, Michael T. Rock, Hood College, USATubagus Feridhanusetyawan, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Indonesia Part 1: Framing the Issues David P. Angel and Michael T. Rock 2. Technology and environmental performance: leveraging growth and sustainability George R. Heaton, Jr, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USABudy Resosudarmo, Indonesian Government Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology and University of Indonesia 3. Globalisation and the environment in Asia: linkages, impacts and policy implications Daniel Esty, Yale Law School and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, USAMari Pangestu and Hadi Soesastro, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Indonesia 4. Public policies to promote cleaner shared industrial growth in East Asia Michael T. Rock, Ooi Giok Ling, Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore, and National University of SingaporeVictor Kimm, University of Southern California, USA 5. Industrialising cities and the environment in Pacific Asia: toward a policy framework and agenda for action Michael Douglass, University of Hawaii, USA, and Ooi Giok Ling 6. Civil society and the future of environmental governance in Asia Lyuba Zarsky, Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, USASimon S.C. Tay, National University of Singapore Part 2: Case Studies in Innovation David P. Angel and Michael T. Rock 7. Putting pressure on polluters: Indonesia's PROPER programme. A case study for the Harvard Institute for International Development 1997 Asia Environmental Economics Policy Seminar Shakeb Afsah, International Resources Group, USAJeffrey R. Vincent, Harvard Institute for International Development, USA8. Water pollution abatement in Malaysia Jeffrey R. VincentRozali bin Mohamed Ali, Asset-Holding Berhad, MalaysiaKhalid Abdul Rhaim, Universiti Putra Malaysia 9. Toward more sustainable development: the environment and industrial policy in Taiwan Michael T. Rock 10. Measuring up: toward a common framework for tracking corporate environmental performance Daryl Ditz, Environmental Law Institute, USAJanet Ranganathan, World Resources Institute, USA Postscript Melito Salazar, Bangko Sentral ng PilipinasWarren Evans, Asian Development Bank, Philippines
An interesting and well-structured book which offers practical insights into how policy might be refined to bring real environmental benefits in both Asia and the rest of the world. - Community Affairs Briefing |
| Asia's Clean Revolution elucidates the environmental problems of rapid industrialization and is the first to present concrete policy solutions for reconciling economic and environmental goals ... it presents a pathbreaking vision of a new trajectory ... this book reflects the new direction for industrialization in Asia at both the theoretical and practical level. - Economic Geography |
| Asia's Clean Revolution successfully fulfills its critical objective of "reconciling economic and environmental goals", and also satisfies its aim of "reducing energy, materials, pollution, and waste intensity of economic activities". As a contribution to environmental management, the book compliments the World Commission on Environment and Development's 1987 "Brundtland Report". It should be essential reading ... - Annals of the Association of American Geographers