With Asia incorporating seven of the world’s most-affected countries from climate change, Asia House welcomed Preety Bhandari, Chief of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to share her views on the challenges facing the region.
Bhandari, speaking from Manila, outlined the scale of Asia’s climate risk, and assessed emissions trends across the region. Energy transition and sustainable infrastructure efforts in Asia were also covered in the off-the-record briefing, chaired by Asia House Chief Executive Michael Lawrence.
Asia House Corporate Members dialled-in from around the world to take part in the dialogue, with Bhandari asked a range of questions on this key global issue, including the challenge of securing Asian governments’ buy-in to the COP26 agenda, and the interplay between regulation and the pace of climate mitigation.
Bhandari was also asked about the ADB’s expectations for COP26 and the role of more developed countries in supporting global climate change efforts.
The briefing was convened for Asia House Corporate Members as part of the Asia House COP26 Programme – a series of briefings and research activity exploring the business and policy response to climate change ahead of the Glasgow conference in November 2021.
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