23 Dec: The role of behavioural science in living sustainably

Many of us want to live more sustainably but our actions don’t often align with our values. Cogo’s Good Impact Framework helps millions of customers understand the impact of their spending but Cogo recognises that information alone is not enough to lead to actual, sustainable behaviour change. That’s where they come in. Read the Cogo exclusive White Paper on this subject HERE

23 Dec: New rules to curb couriers’ packaging waste

Chinese delivery companies transported 83 billion parcels last year, generating some 16 million tonnes of wastepaper and packaging. Food delivery firms handled 17.1 billion orders, generating mountains of single-use-plastics in rubbish dumps around the country. The government has been trying to curb some of the environmental impact of outflows like these, issuing more stringent rules to curtail the piling up of consumer lifestyle waste. Read the full WiC Article HERE

23 Dec: Why collaboration in the ASEAN region is vital to tackle plastic waste in the oceans

Collaboration between ASEAN members is key to reduce global marine plastic debris and preserve marine life. A 2015 study by US scientist Jenna Jambeck revealed six out of 11 Southeast Asian countries are among the top 20 countries to have mismanaged their plastic wastes. Indonesia ranks second, followed by the Philippines (third), Vietnam (fourth), Thailand (sixth), Malaysia (eighth) and Myanmar (17th). Their combined marine plastic pollution accounted for 1.4-3.54 million metric tonnes (MT) per year, out of 8-12 million MT…

23 Dec: What a Waste 2.0 : A Global Snapshot of Solid Waste Management to 2050

By 2050, the world is expected to generate 3.40 billion tons of waste annually, increasing drastically from today’s 2.01 billion tons. What a Waste 2.0: A Global Snapshot of Solid Waste Management to 2050 aggregates extensive solid waste data at the national and urban levels. It estimates and projects waste generation to 2030 and 2050. Beyond the core data metrics from waste generation to disposal, the report provides information on waste management costs, revenues, and tariffs; special wastes; regulations; public…

23 Dec: Infrastructure Asia deep dive session on the waste management

Infrastructure Asia organised a deep dive session on the waste management sector to gather views from eight industry players on the opportunities and commercial structures for waste management solutions in Southeast Asia and ways to apply these commercial structures to develop and initiate more bankable waste management projects in Southeast Asia. There are signs of significant demand across Southeast Asia for newer waste management solutions, particularly for projects at a smaller scale. Read More HERE

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28 Nov: From Family Inheritance to Critical Thinking

By Andy Chen Speaking of family inheritance, the Rockefellers is perhaps the most prominent ultra-wealthy American family who created one of the first family offices in the United States. John D. Rockefeller amassed an enormous fortune as a result of success of his Standard Oil Trust Company, which controlled 90% of all oil in the United States at its peak. He is widely considered the wealthiest American of all time and the richest person in modern history. His personal wealth…


31 Oct: Mars, past and future

Roberto Orosei, Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Italy Mars is the planet that most closely resembles ours in the Solar System for geology and composition. However, its tenuous atmosphere of carbon dioxide does not shield the surface from cosmic radiation and ultraviolet light, as occurs on Earth, while the greater distance from the Sun means that the average temperature is far below the freezing point of water. Mars is more arid than any terrestrial desert: if all the humidity in the…


13 Sep: ASEAN waits for RCEP ratification – and post-pandemic integration

Published 07 September 2021 by Juita Mohamad Given the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 variants and political instability in the region, the RCEP may not come into full force until 2022. As the free trade agreement seeks to transform existing global value chains, gaps in provisions and the increasingly inward-looking policies adopted by members could curtail the benefits brought by greater integration. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE Brought to you by PBEC’s strategic partner Hinrich Foundation.        

12 Sep: The Virtual APEC Business Travel Card or Virtual ABTC approved

The majority of PBEC members would be holders of the physical ABTC card, which has been in a state of suspension during Covid-19. But as we come out of this pandemic its important to have used the time wisely to be part of the digital transformation journey and improve the system as borders reopen. The Virtual APEC Business Travel Card or Virtual ABTC is an innovative new method for travelling on the ABTC and brings the existing ABTC Scheme into…

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29 Jul: 2021 Mid-Term Review: APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap 2016-2025

Business Assessment of Outcomes and Recommended Roadmap Adjustments Research Report for the Services Taskforce ABAC Regional Economic Integration Working Group Release date 29 April 2021   Executive summary: There is now a larger number of APEC economies that are more open than the world average to international trade in services, than the number that are more closed. ABAC calculates that if by 2025, APEC economies with restrictiveness scores above world average could close half of their regulatory gaps with the…