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  1. Kenya passes strict plastic bag ban after a 10-year legislative marathon
    Kenya passes strict plastic bag ban after a 10-year legislative marathon 29 Aug 2017

    Kenya passed a law which made making, selling and using plastic bags illegal and punishable by up to four years' imprisonment or $40,000 in fines, in an attempt to reduce the nation’s plastic pollution.

    Africa,Policy,Smart Cities,Sustainable Innovation Forum
  2. Australian Victoria to become the first State to legally bind its renewable energy targets
    Australian Victoria to become the first State to legally bind its renewable energy targets 24 Aug 2017

    Victoria’s State Parliament introduced a legislative package to legally secure its renewable energy targets and send a clear message to markets.

    Oceania,Policy,Carbon Reduction,Sustainable Innovation Forum,Sustainable Investment Forum,Sports,COP 23
  3. Germany to introduce diesel ban over time
    Germany to introduce diesel ban over time 23 Aug 2017

    In an interview with German magazine Superille, Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that it's only a matter of time before the country that invented the modern car followed France, UK, India and other countries in banning new cars fitted only with gas or diesel engines- but it did not set an exact date until economic uncertainties associated with the country’s biggest industry are sorted out.

    Europe,Policy,Transport,Carbon Reduction,Sustainable Innovation Forum
  4. New report outlines action for sustainable insurance
    New report outlines action for sustainable insurance 21 Aug 2017

    A new report has been released by the global network of insurance supervisors and regulators Sustainable Insurance Forum (SIF) to outline the necessary action to tackle sustainability challenges within the insurance sector.

    Worldwide,Finance,Policy,Sustainable Investment Forum
  5. Sri Lanka to achieve 100% renewables by 2050
    Sri Lanka to achieve 100% renewables by 2050 17 Aug 2017

    The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) just released a joint report called Assessment of Sri Lanka’s Power Sector—100 percent Electricity Generation through Renewable Energy by 2050.

    Asia,Policy,Sustainable Energy,Carbon Reduction,Sustainable Innovation Forum,COP 22,COP 23
  6. South Australian government to be powered by solar thermal
    South Australian government to be powered by solar thermal 14 Aug 2017

    The state government of South Australia has contracted a new solar thermal power plant with SolarReserve in Port Augusta to power its facilities.

    Oceania,Tech. & Innovation,Policy,Sustainable Energy,Smart Cities,Carbon Reduction,Sustainable Innovation Forum
  7. Scotland continues R&D investment to cut down costs for offshore wind
    Scotland continues R&D investment to cut down costs for offshore wind 4 Aug 2017

    The Scottish Government announced a further £1.5m in the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) department mainly aiming to reduce costs in the offshore wind industry and explore further wind offshore opportunities for the country.

    Europe,Finance,Tech. & Innovation,Policy,Sustainable Energy,Sustainable Innovation Forum,Sustainable Investment Forum,COP 23
  8. China is about to launch the biggest national Carbon Trading Scheme in the world
    China is about to launch the biggest national Carbon Trading Scheme in the world 3 Aug 2017

    China aims to become a global leader in climate action by setting up the biggest Carbon Trading Scheme (CTS) worldwide as an attempt to meet 2030 peak emissions target.

    Asia,Finance,Policy,Sustainable Energy,Carbon Reduction,Sustainable Innovation Forum,Sustainable Investment Forum,COP 23
  9. Spain awarded contracts for more than 5GW of renewables
    Spain awarded contracts for more than 5GW of renewables 3 Aug 2017

    The Spanish Ministry of Energy awarded a total of 5,037MW after its latest auction, although although the action was initially seeking for 3,000MW.

    Europe,Policy,Sustainable Energy,Carbon Reduction,Sustainable Innovation Forum,COP 23
  10. California Regulators approve first phase of $800 million Volkswagen Zero-Emission Cars Investment
    California Regulators approve first phase of $800 million Volkswagen Zero-Emission Cars Investment 1 Aug 2017

    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved the first of four plans by VW to invest $800 million over 10 years in Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, public outreach, and access to electric vehicles for residents of disadvantaged communities.

    North America,Finance,Tech. & Innovation,Policy,Smart Cities,Transport,Carbon Reduction,Sustainable Innovation Forum,Sustainable Investment Forum

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