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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations with almost 600 million inhabitants consists of very different countries in every respect. Economically the bandwidth spans from wealthy city-state Singapore to emerging markets such as Malaysia and Indonesia to the poorer countries Laos and Myanmar. Politically the spectrum ranges from young democracies and authoritarian nations, an absolute monarchy, a communist one-party state and a military government. The religious variety is similarly diverse included atheists, Buddhists, Islamists and Christians, additionally often with different ethnic minorities integrated.

Just as diverse are the development statuses with respect to the implementation of environmental standards and the establishment of regenerative energies. Most regions are, however, characterized by above average growth, a hunger for frequently unavailable local raw materials and therefore have high volumes of imports of secondary raw materials.

The politically often held perception, that sustainable growth can only be attained through strict adherence to environmental protection policy, creates enormous potential and range for export services of environmental technologies and services.

Standards for the inspection of, for example, environmental credentials of projects recently established offer opportunities for experienced enterprises to distinguish themselves.

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