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Amid efforts to reduce the carbon footprint associated with the construction industry, there is increasing recognition of the benefits of sustainable and regenerative architecture as a means of lowering emissions.

Indonesia has taken another step forward in its quest to become a leading electric vehicle (EV) player, with the world’s two largest producers of EV batteries recently announcing major projects in the country. However, the developments highlight the paradoxical centrality of carbon-intensive mining to EV production, despite hopes that the EV production process could be further decarbonised.

A recent report found that relatively few companies in the Asia-Pacific region have adopted net-zero carbon emission strategies to date. Nevertheless, there are grounds for cautious optimism as pacesetters in the region announce ambitious targets and experiment with innovative decarbonisation strategies.

In a bid to expand access and boost their reach, higher education institutions are increasingly exploring the possibilities of the metaverse and associated extended-reality (XR) approaches.

Amid record levels of cryptocurrency crime, a number of emerging markets are looking at ways to strengthen their cryptocurrency-related protections.

Emerging markets are harnessing environmental, social and governance metrics to raise debt and fund their energy transitions, with Chile recently becoming the first country to issue bonds tied specifically to sustainability goals.

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