Launched in 2006, one year after Asia Centre was established, Asia Centre’s Energy and Environment Programme has been designed to promote the development, discussion and dissemination of outstanding research on themes related to energy in Asia—with a special focus on China and, since 2012, on India. The programme is based on our belief that Asia’s energy issues could have a major impact on the political and economic environment of our contemporary societies.
From a strategic analysis viewpoint, the program emphasises what influences, in an energy context, relations between Asian powers with other extra-regional powers (the United States, Russia, and the European Union). In our activities, a particular emphasis has not only been placed on security issues – with the publication of “Shaping China’s Energy Security” (2008) and “Framing China’s Energy Security” (to come, in 2015, Routledge ed.), but also on cooperation and building international dialogue.
From a political viewpoint, the research approach comprises a comparative study of national policies that fundamentally determine the great trajectories taken by Asian countries or groups of Asian countries. The general programme is complemented by analyses of the main current issues that have an impact on gradual or sudden changes occurring within the contemporary energy context. For instance, an indepth study including several publications and a debate, was carried out in the aftermath of Fukushima, and is an example of the type of study initiated either by Asia Centre itself, or commissioned by private or public decision-makers.