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The Greening of AsiaThe Business Case for Solving Asia’s Environmental Emergency$
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Mark Clifford

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166089

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166089.001.0001

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Conclusion: From Black to Green

Conclusion: From Black to Green

Asia’s Challenge

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(p.209) Conclusion: From Black to Green
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The Greening of Asia
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Mark L. Clifford

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231166089.003.0009

This concluding chapter suggests ways to promote sustainability. Responsibility for reducing carbon emissions and minimizing pollution and environmental degradation starts with individual governments. Governments need to set the rules with clear policies within which individual businesses and ordinary citizens can act. Eliminating subsidies and correcting the mispricing of valuable resources are among a number of policy interventions that governments can use to promote sustainability; others include progressively tighter standards for building, vehicle, and appliance efficiency; restrictions on carbon and pollutant emissions; and urban restrictions on vehicles, especially traditional gasoline, diesel cars, and trucks. Moreover, appreciating the increasingly favorable economics of renewable energy and environmentally sustainable policies is important to understanding that the greening of Asia is an economically sustainable goal.

Keywords:   sustainability, carbon emissions, pollution, environmental degradation, governments, subsidies, valuable resources, energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmentally sustainable policies

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