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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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The Future of Energy / Renewable energy on the table at annual Inspire Asean conference in Phnom Penh

By: Thomas Brent - Posted on: November 8, 2018 | Cambodia

Inspire Asean returns for a third year to Phnom Penh, with the theme “The future of energy”. The event brings together industry experts and entrepreneurs in discussions on the region’s most pressing issues

The conference concluded with a panel discussion that involved all the speakers of the event Photo: Matt Baddley / Snapp / Inspire Asean

Many of the top players in the renewable energy sector in Southeast Asia gathered on Wednesday in the Cambodian capital for a conference centred on the future of energy. The event, held at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, shined a light on a much-talked-about industry that has made great strides in recent years.

Victor Jona, the director general of Cambodia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy, kicked off the conference. In his introduction, he lauded the local firm SchneiTec Group’s planned 60MW solar farm in partnership with Jinko Solar, which is due for completion in December 2019 in Kampong Speu province. Jona also spoke of plans for a 150MW coal-fired power station in Sihanoukville, which he hopes will produce “clean coal energy”.

The event ran in conjunction with the country’s first ever Clean Energy Week, designated for the first week of November and organised by EnergyLab Cambodia. EnergyLab’s goal for Clean Energy Week is to raise awareness of the renewable energy possibilities in the Kingdom by engaging young people and bringing together key players.

“I have been blown away by the level of engagement [in Clean Energy Week],” said Bridget McIntosh, director of emerging markets at EnergyLab Asia. “We were hoping to engage around 500 people, and I think we had managed that even before the [Inspire Asean] conference.”

She continued: “This conference is a great anchor to the week, as it has guaranteed us the involvement of many of the region’s important players [in renewable energy].”

Bridget McIntosh, director of emerging markets at EnergyLab Asia who organised Clean Energy Week Photo: Matt Baddley / Snapp / Inspire Asean

The conference’s packed schedule of presentations by ten companies and organisations highlighted the many possibilities that Southeast Asia has in embracing renewable energy.

One opportunity of keen interest to those industry insiders at Inspire is the potential of wind energy in Cambodia.

“If you like solar, you’re going to love wind,” said Olivier Duguet, CEO of The Blue Circle, in his opening remarks.

The Blue Circle is an independent renewable-power producer in Southeast Asia that’s launching its first trial wind farm in Cambodia next year, after four years of testing sites and wind potential.

It has long been believed that commercial wind in Cambodia is not possible, but Duguet disagreed in no uncertain terms: “I love the challenge. It doesn’t matter if you’re a small, big country or company, wind power is still a possibility.”

Solar power consultant Santiago Abaitua, who was there to represent the Asian Development Bank (ADB), spoke of the company’s commitment to investing in solar in Cambodia. ADB has pledged support to Electricité du Cambodge to build a huge 100MW national solar park set to be commissioned by 2020.

The mood was one of optimism as representatives from Total Solar, Comin Asia, General Electric and more discussed the possibilities. They also explored the challenges facing renewable energy in Cambodia, including an unclear regulatory environment, a lack of competition in the electricity market and a shortage of skilled labour. The conference showcased the huge interest that private companies and the government have in increasing non-hydro renewable energy usage in Cambodia and the region.

EnergyLab’s McIntosh confirmed there will be a second Clean Energy Week next year, and concluded: “Now is such a fascinating time to be in the renewable energy sector.”