SINGAPORE (Sept 23): Southeast Asia is lagging behind in sustainability efforts despite being most vulnerable to climate change, say experts at the BNP Paribas Sustainable Future Forum on Sept 18.

Rintaro Tamaki, president of the Japan Center for International Finance (JCIF), believes Asia still has far to go in terms of a region-wide, integrated environmental policy to tackle the threat of climate change. And this is despite the fact that it is facing numerous cross-border environmental issues.

JCIF is a public-purpose research institution in Tokyo, established by the Japanese financial community in 1983 following the Latin American debt crisis. It conducts macro-­economic analysis of 60-plus economies. Tamaki tells The Edge Singapore that little attention is being paid to the use of fossil fuels and carbon emissions in the region.

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