Mark L. Clifford is the executive director of the Hong Kong-based Asia Business Council. During his prize-winning twenty-five-year career in journalism, he served as editor in chief of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and held senior editorial roles at BusinessWeek and the Far Eastern Economic Review. He has lived in Hong Kong since 1992.
In this well-researched and ultimately optimistic account, Clifford makes the case that environmental policies 'can and must be fixed' and gives us examples of companies that have worked to find private-sector solutions. In doing so, Clifford sheds much-needed light on the workings and future of the region's efforts on the environment, and on the need for governments to set clear rules so that business can do its part to solve the region's environmental crisis. -- Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics The Greening of Asia, compared to the many books on China's environmental challenges, shines most in its clear-eyed analysis of the fortunes of individual enterprises, such as Suntech, the Chinese solar technology company. Clifford's writing is business-like: to the point but in-depth when necessary, and neither brusque nor otherwise off-putting. While many different readers might find this book useful, it has a future as an excellent companion to texts in either law or business schools. -- Joel Eisen, Professor of Law, University of Richmond The Asian region has astounded the world with both its economic development and its horrific environmental degradation. Now its is challenged to to astound the world with its ability to remedy the massive environmental degradation which has resulted from its economic success. With The Greening of Asia, Mark Clifford gives us a lucidly written and information rich look into both the bowels of this daunting challenge and prospects for successfully confronting it through public private partnerships where corporations play as big a role as governments. -- Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director, Center on US-China Relations, Asia Society Clifford offers both a definitive accounting of Asia's climate challenge and an inspiring tour of innovative business actions to address the challenge across industries and countries -- from Japan to Indonesia, India to China. The Greening of Asia is a call to action: for citizens to press their governments; for politicians to set market-reinforcing policies; and most of all, for Asian corporations to recognise their responsibility to be in the vanguard of change. -- Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Co. China is primed for its own 'Silent Spring' moment, where its people collectively realize the gravity of their environmental situation and demand aggressive action. In his new book The Greening of Asia, Clifford takes us on a journey that highlights the growing seeds of this discontent as pollution and environmental degradation reaches unacceptable levels across Asia--and shows how at the same time the region is waking up to the business opportunity inherent in moving toward a clean-energy economy. Against the backdrop of China's voracious coal consumption, Clifford makes the case for the end of coal--making this a timely, compelling, and critical read. -- Ron Pernick, Founder and Managing Director, Clean Edge, Inc. As a journalist, author and policy advisor who has lived in Asia for 25 years, Mark Clifford has chronicled the ups and downs of Asia's spectacular economic rise with more clarity and insight than any other. With this well researched and thought-provoking book, Clifford now offers the outlines of a blueprint for Asian political and business leaders to follow in order to prevent the Asian miracle being wiped away by the toxic rivers, crazy bad air and extreme weather resulting from decades of breakneck growth. Clifford's solution is for the region's dynamic and innovative companies to lead the way to a greener and cleaner Asia. Let's hope the business community carefully reads this book and takes Clifford's advice. -- James McGregor, author of No Ancient Wisdom, No Followers: The Challenges of Chinese Authoritarian Capitalism and One Billion Customers: Lessons From the Front Lines of Doing Business in China. In The Greening of Asia Mark Clifford lays out in clear and compelling terms the profound environmental challenges confronting Asians in the twenty-first century and provides numerous encouraging examples of how Asian governments, businesses, and civil society organizations are each playing their essential roles in pioneering a new growth paradigm of low-carbon prosperity. Clifford is clear-eyed in his analysis and highly practical in his prescriptions for sound government policy, innovative (and profitable) business practice, and effective advocacy and monitoring by citizen groups. This should be required reading for policymakers, CEOs, and all who care about Asia and our fragile planet. -- Stephen Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund The Greening of Asia tells an exciting and important story: how the region's entrepreneurs, businesses, governments, and civil society are transforming old energy, water, and land-use practices to turn congestion, illness, and urban dysfunction into the foundations of durable development. Mark Clifford's keen journalistic skills illuminate the achievements and challenges of many key examples. I recommend this book to anyone seeking to understand how Asia is inventing and speeding a better world for all. -- Amory B. Lovins, Cofounder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute