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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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Aviation / How green technology is fuelling Cambodia’s eco-friendly flying

By: Robin Spiess - Posted on: February 18, 2019 | Business

Southeast Asia Globe speaks with Emirates’ commercial manager in Cambodia, Abdulla Adnan, about what the world’s airlines can do to reduce their carbon footprint

Emirates’ commercial manager in Cambodia, Abdulla Adnan

Let’s talk about going “green” – a hot topic for all airlines. What efforts has Emirates made to reduce overall impact on the environment?
Emirates takes the environment very seriously. We have developed an environmentally friendly aircraft cleaning technique that enables the airline to save millions of litres of water every year. The “aircraft drywash” technique requires little or no water, in contrast to conventional methods of aircraft cleaning, which typically require thousands of litres of water per wash.

We also engage with a number of global partners during World Environment Day to raise awareness among our passengers. In June 2018, we delivered “sustainable blankets” to a local non-government organisation, called the Cambodian Children’s Fund in Phnom Penh, which helps disadvantaged families and provides education to Cambodian children. Each blanket is made up of 25 discarded plastic bottles, so we’re recycling while also trying to give back to the community at the same time.

In addition, sustainable energy solutions are also part of Emirates’ sustainability mix. Emirates installed a 1 MW array of solar panels at the Emirates Engine Maintenance Centre, which generated 1,403 MW over one year of operation, reducing the reliance on grid-supplied electricity. Numerous facilities have been retrofitted with energy-saving light emitting diode (LED) fittings, such as Emirates Engineering where energy efficiency measures are saving over 237 MWh of electricity a month.

We also engage in a number of initiatives that support sustainability related to our catering division, and its recycling efforts, as well as waste reduction techniques across all of our offices.

Some global airlines have launched “green” training to encourage their employees to implement environmentally friendly practises on the job. Does Emirates partake in this sort of training?
Emirates places an emphasis on minimising emissions by operating a fleet of new, advanced aircraft and by operating them in a fuel-efficient way. Our average fleet age is only 5.7 years, significantly lower than the industry average.

We also adopt a range of operational techniques to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. These techniques include careful and efficient planning of flights, taking advantage of favourable winds, and switching to ground power at airports wherever available to avoid using the aircraft auxiliary power unit. For example, in the 2016 to 2017 financial year, Emirates’ pilots saved over 15,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide by using idle reverse thrust on landing instead of full reverse thrust, and they saved nearly 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide by switching one engine off while taxiing in after landing.

We do understand that going green is a process that requires stakeholders within the government, private sector and the public to accelerate meaningful change. Emirates stands ready to work with willing partners to create a more sustainable environment for everyone – whether through green initiatives within the airline industry or outside of it.

In Southeast Asia there have been increasing developments across the region that have helped to encourage international travel among the middle class. With this in mind, can you identify some of the most rapidly growing markets for Emirates in the region?
Southeast Asia’s travel industry has boomed in conjunction with low-cost travel options. However, across the board, we are seeing the per capita GDPs (gross domestic products) of all Southeast Asian nations rise and, as you rightly put it, the expansion of a growing middle class. This has also stimulated growing demand for premium travel options.

The sharpest spikes in economic growth have definitely been in countries on the mainland like Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. We expect this trajectory to continue as many countries here – as well as in ASEAN as a whole – continue working hard to improve their air travel infrastructure and build up to world-class standards. This will help create more avenues for us to boost our intra-ASEAN network.

We predict strong and continued demand for passengers travelling from Cambodia to our global network of destinations across Europe, Middle East and the Americas. Cambodia is a new, but globally significant, destination in Asia for both tourism and business, and we would like to play a significant role in facilitating the development of Cambodia’s economy and tourism industry.