Country Reports Assess Climate Policies and Mitigation Potential

February 2018: The German Environment Agency (UBA) released the first two studies in a commissioned series examining climate policies and future mitigation opportunities in ten countries. The studies look at: emissions and energy use; current climate mitigation actions with a focus on implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); and emission reduction potential and barriers. Country … Continue reading Country Reports Assess Climate Policies and Mitigation Potential

Hotels, Japanese Corporations, P4G Advancing SDGs and Climate Targets

February 2018: Private sector groups and partners have announced funding and targets to support SDG implementation and achieve targets under the Paris Agreement on climate change. The hotel industry and Japanese companies are among the business entities taking action recently. Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G) is advancing inclusive, sustainable economic … Continue reading Hotels, Japanese Corporations, P4G Advancing SDGs and Climate Targets

IRENA Finds EU’s Share of Renewables Could Double Without Extra Cost

19 February 2018: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a report on cost effective opportunities for the expansion of renewable energy deployment in the EU. IRENA prepared the report, which is titled, “Renewable Energy Prospects for the European Union,” at the request of the European Commission to determine pathways to meet the European … Continue reading IRENA Finds EU’s Share of Renewables Could Double Without Extra Cost

Climate Mitigation Finance Update: Renewable and Energy Efficiency Financing and Guidance for Paris-compatible Investments

31 January 2018: Funding for several renewable energy projects has been announced in January, including initiatives to support photovoltaic (PV) solar projects in Jordan, Mauritius, Peru and Rwanda, and wind power in Peru and the Dominican Republic. Investments in energy efficiency are expected to reduce energy intensity and improve energy security in Kosovo. A debt … Continue reading Climate Mitigation Finance Update: Renewable and Energy Efficiency Financing and Guidance for Paris-compatible Investments

Investors Urged to Align Portfolios with Paris Agreement

1 February 2018: Transitioning towards a low-carbon economy requires the global investor community to increase climate action, and raise its ambition to divest from fossil fuel investments, according to UN officials attending an investors’ summit. The ‘Investor Summit on Climate Risk: Capturing the Global Investment Opportunity in the Paris Agreement’ convened on 31 January 2018, … Continue reading Investors Urged to Align Portfolios with Paris Agreement

EEA Report Analyzes Environmental Impacts of Aviation and Shipping

4 February 2018: A ‘Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism’ (TERM) report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) analyzes drivers behind the increasingly negative environmental impact of Europe’s shipping and aviation industries, and offers policy recommendations to reverse the trend. The report titled, ‘Aviation and shipping — impacts on Europe’s environment’ identifies barriers to change and recommends … Continue reading EEA Report Analyzes Environmental Impacts of Aviation and Shipping

Gold Standard Launches Gender Equality Framework

15 January 2018: Gold Standard, a certification body for climate action, has released a framework to assess contributions of climate action to SDG 5 (Gender Equality) that enables developers and funders of climate projects to maximize contributions to empowering women and girls. The Framework lays out gender-sensitive requirements and guidelines to ensure that gender equality … Continue reading Gold Standard Launches Gender Equality Framework