Airbus, Boeing, Rolls-Royce pledge to halve aviation emissions

  Airbus, Boeing, Rolls-Royce pledge to halve aviation emissions
3:39pm - 2 October 2015

The world’s leading aviation companies have pledged to cut GHG emissions as part of the UN-led effort to secure a historic climate deal in Paris in December

Worldwide, Carbon Reduction, COP 21, Transport

Carbon Trust launches new supply chain sustainability certification

  Carbon Trust launches new supply chain sustainability certification
3:06pm - 2 October 2015

The Carbon Trust has launched a supply chain certification and has awarded seven companies with the new rating

Worldwide, Carbon Reduction, Tech. & Innovation

India submits climate plan to UN for COP21

  India submits climate plan to UN for COP21
12:32pm - 2 October 2015

India has submitted its eagerly anticipated climate plan to the United Nations and is aiming to source 40 per cent of its energy needs from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030

Asia, Carbon Reduction, COP 21, Policy
  Sustainable momentum at Avery Dennison

Sustainable momentum at Avery Dennison

Worldwide, Carbon Reduction, COP 21, Tech. & Innovation

Climate Action spoke to Dean Scarborough, Chairman and CEO at Avery Dennison, about the company's approach to sustainability and the low-carbon solutions the company will be offering at COP21 in Paris in December

  Landscape restoration – a winning strategy in a warmer world

Landscape restoration – a winning strategy in a warmer world

Worldwide, Agriculture, Policy

Dr Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute (WRI)

  New UN sustainability targets to address illegal wildlife trade

New UN sustainability targets to address illegal wildlife trade

Worldwide, Policy

New Sustainable Development Goals were adopted this week at the 69th United Nations General Assembly and illegal wildlife trafficking in Africa will be a key focus

  Global environmental markets: Carbon Trade Exchange

Global environmental markets: Carbon Trade Exchange

Europe, North America, Oceania, Carbon Reduction, Sustainable Energy

Wayne Sharpe is the chairman and founder of Carbon Trade Exchange, the world’s first and largest global platform for trading in environmental commodity markets including carbon, RECs and water

  Smarter cars in smarter cities

Smarter cars in smarter cities

Europe, Smart Cities, Tech. & Innovation, Transport

Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA)

  Ramboll wins urban resilience study for Asian Development Bank

Ramboll wins urban resilience study for Asian Development Bank

Asia, Europe, Smart Cities

Ramboll is to deliver a study on solutions that enhance resilience and reduce carbon emissions in large Asian cities.



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  • Publications - Position Paper: Circular Economy

    The automobile industry welcomes the new European Commission’s focus on the revised Circular Economy Package and is committed to making Europe’s...

  • ADB Dan Mitra Bantu Sektor Energi Bagi Pertumbuhan Indonesia

    ADB telah menyetujui pinjaman senilai $500 juta, termasuk $100 juta dari ASEAN Infrastructure Fund yang dikelola ADB, untuk membantu menstimulasi sektor energi Indonesia.

    ADB, Partners to Help Energy Sector Drive Indonesia’s Growth

    ADB has approved a $500 million loan to help stimulate Indonesia’s energy sector, support the government’s reform agenda, and unleash the sector’s potential as a key engine of sustainable economic growth.

    ເອດີບີ, ສປປ ລາວ ລົງນາມສັນຍາທືນກູ້ຢືມ $23 ລ້ານ ເພື່ອປັບປຸງການສະໜອງການບໍລິການດ້ານສາທາລະນະສຸກ

    ວຽງຈັນ, ສາທາລະນະລັດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ປະຊາຊົນລາວ – ທະນາຄານພັດທະນາອາຊີ (ເອດີບີ) ແລະ ລັດຖະບານແຫ່ງ ສປປ ລາວ ໄດ້ລົງຮ່ວມລົງນາມໃນສັນຍາທືນກູ້ຢືມມູນຄ່າ $23 ລ້ານ ສຳລັບແຜນງານບໍລິຫານຄຸ້ມຄອງຂະແໜງ ສາທາລະນະສຸກ (ໄລຍະ 1) ເພື່ອປັບປຸງການສະໜອງການບໍລິການດ້ານສາທາລະນະສຸກ ໂດຍສະເພາະໃຫ້ກັບປະຊາຊົນຜູ້ທຸກ ຍາກ, ແມ່ຍີງ ແລະ ເດັກນ້ອຍໃນ ສປປ ລາວ. ສັນຍາແຜນງານດັ່ງກ່າວແມ່ນໄດ້ຮັບການລົງນາມຕາງໜ້າໃຫ້ແກ່ລັດຖະບານແຫ່ງ ສປປ ລາວ ໂດຍ ທ່ານ ນາງ ທິບພະກອນ ຈັນທະວົງສາ, ລັດຖະມົນຕີຊ່ວຍວ່າການກະຊວງການເງີນ ແລະ ຕາງໜ້າຝ່າຍເອດີບີແມ່ນ ທ່ານ ນາງ ແຊນດຼ້າ ນິໂຄຣ, ຜູ້ຕາງໜ້າສຳນັກງານເອດີບີປະຈຳ ສປປ ລາວ.

    Mongolia’s Social Welfare Programs to be Supported by ADB $150 Million Loan

    ADB has approved a $150 million loan to support reforms needed to sustain and improve the management of social welfare services in Mongolia.

    ADB, UK to Fund M-4 Motorway Link From Gojra to Shorkot in Punjab

    ADB and the UK have agreed to fund a key section of the M-4 motorway in Punjab province, which will cut travel times and support improved investment and trade flows along the country’s vital north-south corridor route. 

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    Dynamic discussions at WFC 2015 in Durban? Think CIFOR

    We’re looking forward to some great knowledge exchange with our colleagues from around the world, at the World Forestry Congress...

    A panel of experts discuss landscapes at World Water Week

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    52nd Annual Meeting of The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

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    Who Pays and Who Benefits? – Side event at SBSTA-42

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  • EIB is first to link individual Green Bonds and projects

    – Addresses investor appetite for transparent low carbon investments, boosted by COP 21 First report on individual Green Bond allocations to individual eligible projects Other highlights: CAB-issuance over EUR 10bn – EIB largest Green Bond issuer to date CABs awarded a “Sustainability Bond Rating“ of b+ by ESG rating agency oekom (best score so far assigned by this agency) Discussion on AfDB/EIB/IBRD/IFC’s joint proposal for Green Bond impact reporting harmonization extended to 6 further I...

    EUR 4bn loans for Spanish SMEs as EIF signs guarantee agreements with six Spanish banks

    The European Investment Fund, part of the European Investment Bank Group, and six Spanish banks have signed the first SME Initiative transactions in Europe, in the presence of the Secretary of State Marta Fernández Currás. The guarantee agreements signed today between the EIF and Bankia, Banco Santander, CaixaBank, Banco Sabadell, Banco Popular Español, and Bankinter will allow the six banks to provide EUR 4 billion of new loans to SMEs in Spain, over the next two years. The agreements with t...

    EIB extends support to SME and mid-cap projects through BS in Slovenia

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing EUR 20 million to Banka Sparkasse d.d. (BS) to finance projects of SMEs, mid-caps and public sector entities in the areas of the knowledge economy, energy, environmental protection, health and education. This is the second tranche of a EUR 50 million loan, the first instalment of EUR 30 million provided in 2013 having been successfully distributed - mainly to finance SMEs: on investments (63%) and working capital (37%), among others in the field...

    Meridiam announces EIB participation in its Africa Fund

    Europe’s long-term financing institution, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Meridiam, a leading global investor and asset manager specializing in public and community infrastructure today announced the agreement of a new €30 million catalyst investment in the Meridiam Infrastructure Africa Fund. The pan-African fund is expected to invest in 8-10 essential infrastructure projects including, energy, education, transport, water and waste schemes. The Meridiam Infrastructure Africa Fund is c...

    EIB provides EUR 500 million for co-financing projects with EU Structural Funds in Hungary

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) is granting EUR 500 million, the first tranche of an approved loan amount of EUR 1.5 billion, to Hungary to co-finance priority projects receiving support from the European Regional Development Funds and the European Social Fund within the 2014-2020 EU programming period. On the one hand the EIB loan will back development of the knowledge economy, particularly RDI, higher education and ICT, and on the other it will contribute to improving education and emplo...

  • Cities and Local Governments Day

    Paris, France

    People´s Climate March

    Paris, France

    City Climate Leadership Award Ceremony

    Paris, France

    UCLG World Council (exact dates tbd)

    Paris, France

    CEMR Annual Meeting (exact date tbd)

    Paris, France

  • Young Latin American Entrepreneurs Celebrated for innovative solutions that improve lives in cities

    Young entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean recognized by IDB and Blum Center for innovative solutions that accelerate developm

    The IDB, Business and Environmental Leaders Unite to Advance Latin American Agriculture for Global Food Security

    The IDB and Leaders from agribusiness and the environmental movement launched a public-private funding platform for sustainable agriculture.

    FINPYME Forum makes a forceful call for banking innovation and announces next event to be held in Mexico

    FINPYME Forum brings together experts from 42 nations to discuss how the banking sector can leverage FinTech to scale up financing for SMEs

    Bolivia will improve road quality and safety with IDB support

    IDB approves $178.5 million loan to expand and improve the network of paved roads in Bolivia.

    Chile will improve the relevance, quality and effectiveness of technical-professional education with IDB support

    Chile will strengthen the technical-professional education system with a $90 million IDB loan.

  • Taking Stock: A brief analysis of the UN Sustainable Development Summit

    As world leaders gathered from 25 to 27 September 2015 at the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda in New York, eyes were firmly set on the challenge that lies ahead—implementation. This is IISD Reporting Services' recap and analysis of the historic summit. 

    How We Do Things at IISD-ELA: Collecting a fish muscle biopsy

    How We Do Things at IISD-ELA is a series of videos that highlight research conducted by scientists at the IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA), a unique freshwater science research facility in northwest Ontario, Canada.

    Ever since the incidence of mercury toxicity in Minamata, Japan, high levels of mercury in fish has been a topic of global concern. Mercury gets into lakes either from the atmosphere or from point sources of pollution, and from there it accumulates in the organisms that live in the lake. Through a process called biomagnification, animals at the top of the aquatic food web, including fish, accumulate the most mercury. If these concentrations are high enough, the fish can be unsafe for people to eat.

    By examining mercury accumulation in fish at IISD-Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA), we can help scientists and governments better understand how this process works, and how long it takes for mercury levels to decrease after pollution stops. The lakes at...

    Dr. Hank Venema to Lead Development of Prairie Climate Centre

    Dr. Henry David (Hank) Venema has been appointed Director of Planning for the newly launched Prairie Climate Centre. He will actively contribute to the launch and implementation of the Centre, building on the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s (IISD) substantive knowledge related to climate change adaptation, the green economy, and sustainable development on the Canadian Prairies.

    From 2004 to 2013, Dr. Venema led IISD’s research on water and agricultural issues in pioneering the application of natural capital principles to water management challenges in Western Canada. He has served as IISD's Chief Scientist since 2014.

    The Prairie Climate Centre is a collaborative initiative of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the University of Winnipeg, and other current and future partners that aims to enable governments, businesses and community members in Manitoba and across the Prairies to identify and implement the actions that...

    Chapter: Trade and Sustainable Development from <em>Redesigning Canadian Trade Policies for New Global Realities</em>

    Sustainable development is one of the most difficult policy challenges of our time. It is also closely linked to the global trading system. In this chapter from IRPP's Redesigning Canadian Trade Policies for New Global Realities, IISD President Scott Vaughan describes how environmental concerns have become part of international trade policy over the past two decades, and discusses some of the implications for Canada.

    Finance Sector Reforms are Key to a Greener Economy in China

    GENEVA—September 28, 2015—China’s ambitions for a greener economy require broad use of its finance sector to drive the necessary investment, according to leading financial and environmental experts in an IISD report released today.

    The report highlights the myriad ways in which China is already leveraging market-oriented policies to accelerate the transition to a sustainable economy. This was exhibited most recently with China’s announcement on Friday that it will introduce a nation-wide cap-and-trade system, placing a price on carbon emissions.

    But more is required to ramp up investment in clean energy, industrial energy conservation and efficiency, and environmental pollution control. According to the Development Research Center of the State Council, a partner in the “Greening China’s Financial System” report, China needs US$460 billion per year from 2015 to 2020, or about US$2.8 trillion, in green investment from now to 2020....

  • “RE-energizing Africa” With Renewables – SAIREC 2015

    Energy is a vital concern across Africa. The continent’s total electricity consumption increased 650% between 1971 and 2013, from 80 TWh to 600 TWh, and this growth is expected to continue. Over the next 25 years, electricity demand will triple in Southern Africa and quadruple in Eastern Africa. Beyond the growth expected in the existing energy … Continue reading “RE-energizing Africa” With Renewables – SAIREC 2015

    Sustainable Energy for All and SDG 7 in Focus

    World leaders gathered last weekend at the United Nations General Assembly and formally adopted new development goals as successors to the Millennium Development Goals – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 ambitious global goals will set the course for the world’s development over the next 15 years. They broadly cover poverty, health, gender equality, … Continue reading Sustainable Energy for All and SDG 7 in Focus

    A Look at IRENA’s Geothermal Initiative in the Andes

    Geothermal energy is an abundant resource in the Andean region that has enormous potential to provide low-cost clean energy, though it remains largely untapped. The total geothermal resource capacity of the region is approximately 12 gigawatts, which equals the total installed global geothermal capacity in 2014. Despite such considerable and unique geothermal energy potential, no … Continue reading A Look at IRENA’s Geothermal Initiative in the Andes

    Map Your Energy, Tweet and Win!

    Show your Twitter chops, learn more about renewable energy potentials worldwide, AND enter to win a Crosskase solar charging backpack with just one Tweet! Between now and 30 September, download IRENA’s Global Atlas pocket – a free mobile tool that can show you the renewable energy potential for any location in the world – and complete the following … Continue reading Map Your Energy, Tweet and Win!

    Renewable Energy: A Smart Career Choice

    More than 50 members of Masdar Institute’s Young Future Energy Leaders (FYEL) programme were introduced today to the rigors of analyses in the fast-growing US$270-billion renewable energy sector. The IRENA-hosted one-day course, titled ‘Being an analyst in the renewable energy industry,’ was led by officials from Masdar and IRENA, with representatives of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the International Energy … Continue reading Renewable Energy: A Smart Career Choice

  • Press release: Global ICT leaders to share insights at ITU Telecom World 2015

    Leadership Summit to focus on accelerating ICT innovation for social impact MEDIA ACCREDITATION OPEN Geneva, 30 September 2015 – The rapid pace of digital transformation is creating new ecosystems, players and even industries – all holding tremendous potential. But how can this potential...

    Press release: ITU launches annual award recognizing leadership in sustainable development through ICTs

    Celebrating the power of information and communications technology   to drive the global 2030 development agenda New York, 27 September 2015 –  ITU emphasized the vital role that information and communication technology (ICT) will play in meeting the new Sustainable Development...

    Press release: UN Broadband Commission affirms new focus on Sustainable Development Goals

    Broadband networks and services can act as a powerful catalyst to accelerate development actions and transform lives and communities New York, 26 September 2015 – The power of broadband to leapfrog development roadblocks and bring access to education, healthcare and employment opportunities...

    Press release: ITU Telecom World 2015 Young Innovators Competition: ITU and Intel announce winners of Single Board Challenge

    Challenge highlights use of single board devices for social good MEDIA ACCREDITATION OPEN Geneva, 25 September 2015 – ITU and Intel have announced the two winners of the final ITU Telecom World 2015 Young Innovators Competition challenge: their Single Board Challenge. The...

    Press release: Urgent action needed to combat online violence against women & girls, says new UN report

    Millions affected globally, but most countries still failing to effectively address growing problem New York, 24 September 2015 – A new report released today by the United Nations Broadband Commission reveals that almost three quarters of women online have been...

  • Groups Petition EPA for Emergency Response to Flint, MI Drinking Water Contamination

    CHICAGO (October 1, 2015) – In response to the ongoing drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, a coalition of local citizens and national groups petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to take emergency action to secure safe, lead-free water for the City’s children and families. Flint-based Coalition for Clean Water, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, and the Natural Resources Defense Council joined the petition to trigger the EPA to launch a comprehensive federal response to the ongoing crisis. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the EPA is empowered to stop “imminent and substantial endangerment to human health” such as the elevated lead levels in Flint’s drinking water. 

    India Announces Strong Climate Commitment

    NEW YORK (October 1, 2015)—India formally announced its long-term plan to curb its greenhouse gas emissions today as part of the global effort to limit Earth’s temperature rise to 2°C. At the core of India’s climate commitment is a 33-35% emissions intensity reduction based on 2005 levels—building on its Copenhagen pledge of a 20-25% intensity reduction by 2020.

    New Air Quality Standard Insufficient to Protect Public Health

    WASHINGTON (October 1, 2015) – The Obama Administration today tightened the limit for ground-level ozone or smog pollution—one of the most pervasive and dangerous pollutants we inhale—to 70 parts per billion (ppb). 

    NRDC: Ohio’s Energy Policies Today Determine State’s Future

    CHICAGO (September 30, 2015) – The Ohio Energy Mandates Study Committee released a highly anticipated report today outlining their recommendations on the fate of Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency polices. 

    Groups Sue to Overturn Controversial Wyoming Data-Censorship Laws

    CHEYENNE, WY (September 29, 2015) – A diverse coalition of conservation, press, academic and animal-protection groups filed suit today in federal court seeking to strike down a pair of Wyoming state laws that stifle freedom of speech and make citizen science illegal in the state. The suit claims that in violation of Americans’ constitutional rights, the laws punish communication to government agencies of photos and data taken on open land, criminalizing otherwise lawful advocacy in an attempt to undercut protection of public lands and the environment. 

  • Corporate WASH pledge helps 1.6 million people gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene

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    Sustainable Procurement Guide

    Informed procurement choices can support the sustainable management of forests, help protect workers’ health and the rights of the people who depend on forests. Growing numbers of private and public sector actors are setting ambitious targets to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains. The question remains: How to implement and deliver on these commitments?

    From waste to opportunity: Over 20 companies launch new project to scale up material reuse across US facilities

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    Raising the bar for the forest products value chain

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    Land degradation neutrality: Why this should be on top of the business agenda

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  • South Africa Pledges to Peak Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2025

    South Africa’s newly released climate plan pledges to peak national emissions that cause climate change by 2025 and goes further than other countries on adaptation by quantifying what it will cost to adapt to climate change in light of several possible emissions scenarios. National greenhouse gas emissions will peak between 2020 and 2025, plateau for approximately a decade, and decline in absolute terms thereafter under South Africa’s plan, known as an Intended National Determined...

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    A Closer Look at Brazil’s New Climate Plan (INDC)

    This week Brazil formally submitted its climate plan, also known as its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC). The country’s INDC comes on the heels of joint climate change declarations it’s made in recent months with China, Germany and the United States, showing that the country is committed to a creating a successful international climate agreement in Paris later this year. The INDC calls for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 37 percent below 2005 levels by 2025; 43...

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    7 Big Moments from Climate Week 2015

    Even for those of us who work on climate change every day, last week was one of the most inspiring events in a long time. From the Pope’s messages to renewed business engagement to major countries throwing their support behind action, the sense of momentum was striking. With the Paris climate summit only two months away, leaders harnessed the opportunity to raise their voices and make it known that business, the public, governments, faith groups and civil society are taking climate action to...

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    Setting the Bar for Success at the Paris Climate Summit

    This December, negotiators from nearly 200 countries will convene in Paris with the aim of forging a legally-binding international climate agreement. The new pact will incorporate more ambitious national commitments to address climate change than ever before. What is the proper yardstick for measuring success in Paris? Is it whether country leaders agree to a new global pact, or does success hinge on whether country commitments will limit global warming to under 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F)?...

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    US-China Climate Change Announcement Signals New Phase for Global Action

    Nearly a year ago, the United States and China laid out their national climate action plans for the coming years. These were the first in what is now a substantial list of national climate action plans—plans that will form the basis of a new international climate agreement to be finalized in Paris later this year. Now, the world’s two biggest emitters have taken the next step by cementing their plans, jointly announcing key actions they’ll take to achieve their national goals, and clarifying...

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