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

UN Conference Discusses Progress on SDG 7

23 February 2018: The UN has concluded a Global Conference meant to inform the review, during the July 2018 meeting of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF), of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (affordable and clean energy). The three-day Conference brought together stakeholders to exchange lessons learned and to identify gaps and challenges to the achievement of … Continue reading UN Conference Discusses Progress on SDG 7

SDG Knowledge Weekly: Local Collaboration, Innovative Policies and Partnerships

26/2/2018: Recent SDG Knowledge Weekly briefs have covered private and public options for financing the SDGs, as well as efforts to localize the Goals. This week’s column turns towards other innovative ways of delivering the Goals, looking at literature and news announcements covering public-private partnerships (PPPs), policy options such as special economic zones (SEZs), and country … Continue reading SDG Knowledge Weekly: Local Collaboration, Innovative Policies and Partnerships

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