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Lawyers address clients’ ESG dilemmas

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🗞️ Driving the news: Lawyers in southeast Asia are increasingly addressing ESG dilemmas as the region aims to decarbonize its fossil fuel-dependent economies
• The demand for legal guidance is growing as nations like Vietnam and Indonesia transition from coal power

🔭 The context: The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has initiated studies on financial structures to encourage early coal plant closures
• To ensure financial flexibility and revenue optimization, the interests of renewable energy producers and buyers need balancing

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Transitioning from fossil fuels is critical for reducing climate change impacts in a region highly vulnerable to its effects
• Legal innovations and financing mechanisms are essential to accelerating this shift, promoting sustainable practices and reducing carbon emissions

⏭️ What's next: Legal frameworks will continue to evolve, supporting more complex ESG initiatives
• Future efforts will likely focus on integrating human rights considerations into ESG policies, enhancing sustainability across business operations and supply chains

💬 One quote: "We must take an ecosystem approach to address the complexities of energy transition," said Leong Sing Chiong, Deputy Managing Director at MAS

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