China to submit climate pledge to UN

  China to submit climate pledge to UN
11:56am - 30 June 2015

China will submit its national pledge to reduce GHG emissions beyond 2020 this week

Asia, Carbon Reduction, Policy

Solar plane starts Pacific Ocean record attempt

  Solar plane starts Pacific Ocean record attempt
4:19pm - 29 June 2015

Solar Impulse 2 is making its second attempt at a record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean

Worldwide, Sustainable Energy, Technology & Innovation, Transport

Number of plug-in vehicles in UK up by 366%

  Number of plug-in vehicles in UK up by 366%
11:45am - 29 June 2015

Number of ultra-low emission electric vehicles in the UK has more than tripled over the past year, according to RAC Foundation

Europe, Transport
  Iceland: reducing the world’s carbon footprint

Iceland: reducing the world’s carbon footprint

Europe, Carbon Reduction, COP 21, Finance, Sustainable Energy, Technology & Innovation

Climate Action spoke to Thordur Hilmarsson, Director of Foreign Direct Investment at Promote Iceland, about clean energy, carbon reduction and green business

  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)

  Bill Gates calls for global clean tech ‘Manhattan Project’

Bill Gates calls for global clean tech ‘Manhattan Project’

Worldwide, Sustainable Energy, Technology & Innovation

Microsoft co-founder will double investment in clean tech to $2bn and urged governments to back R&D

  Sustainable momentum at Avery Dennison

Sustainable momentum at Avery Dennison

Worldwide, Carbon Reduction, COP 21, Technology & 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

  Renewables – the best value energy solution

Renewables – the best value energy solution

Worldwide, Sustainable Energy

Adnan Z Amin, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

  EIB approves €156m loan for German offshore wind farm

EIB approves €156m loan for German offshore wind farm

Europe, Finance, Sustainable Energy

European Investment Bank lending EUR 156m for the Nordergründe wind farm, which is one of the first offshore wind farm projects developed in Germany



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    Statement by Richard Bolt, ADB's Philippines Country Director, on Pantawid Conditional Cash Transfer Program

    ADB would like to address recent media reports about the conditional cash transfer program, that have created false impressions about how program funds have been used. ADB reiterates its full support for the program.

    ADB Loan to Improve Urban Services, Connectivity in Xinjiang Border Area

    ADB has approved a $150 million loan for infrastructure and service upgrades that will help lift living standards, improve the environment, and boost trade opportunities for urban centers in the northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

    ADB $220 Million Aid to Help Pakistan Build Hazard-Resilient Infrastructure

    ADB has approved assistance of over $220 million to help Pakistan rebuild and upgrade roads, bridges and other high-priority infrastructure damaged by the devastating 2014 floods.



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

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    A Science–Policy Interaction Platform on Forests – Side event at UNFF-11

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    Creating centres of excellence for climate change research in Africa

    German know-how helps CIFOR and partners measure the costs of lost forests YAOUNDE, Cameroon. The Congo Basin – covering 227...

    Join us at GLF 2015 in Paris

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    GLF: The Investment Case event announced, London 2015

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  • Belgium: EIB and ING Belgium partner to facilitate midcaps’ innovative investments

    The European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU’s financing institution, and ING Belgium have signed an agreement under the InnovFin Midcap Guarantee programme to facilitate and increase lending to innovative companies in Belgium. With the EIB bringing a guarantee of up to EUR 150 million, ING Belgium will be able to provide finance to innovative companies for a total of EUR 300 million. It will rely upon this programme to increase its lending capacity and to offer new loans to midcap customers un...

    EIB-SACE: EUR 600m for FCA’s Research Activities in Italy

    The European Investment Bank (EIB), SACE and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced today that they have finalized a EUR 600 million loan earmarked to support the automotive group's research, development and production plans for 2015-17. The three-year loan provided by EIB and 50% guaranteed by SACE relates to FCA’s production and R&D sites in both northern and southern Italy. This initiative and the overall collaborative relationship were the focus of a meeting held today in Turin bet...

    EIB supports co-financing of projects with EU Cohesion Funds, European Regional Development Funds and Connecting Europe Facillity in Hungary with EUR 500 million

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 500 million – the first tranche of an approved loan amount of EUR 1 billion – to Hungary to co-finance priority projects receiving support from EU Cohesion Funds, European Regional Development Funds and Connecting Europe Facility within the programming period 2014–2020. The EIB loan, in line with the Partnership Agreement and the Europe 2020 Strategy, will cover the national co-financing contribution for projects in the areas of transport, ene...

    EIB provides EUR 150 million to Brazilian SMEs and Midcaps

    The European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union’s long-term lending institution, has granted a EUR 150 million loan to Banco Santander Brasil for on-lending to private small and medium enterprises and midcap companies in Brazil. EIB Vice-President Román Escolano and the CEO of Banco Santander Brasil, Jesús Zabalza, held a meeting today, where the EIB Vice-President stressed that “this operation is the first product of our collaboration with Santander Brasil in our efforts to support Br...

    EIB backs construction of state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant in Finland

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided a EUR 100 million long-term loan to the Helsinki Region Environmental Services (HSY- Helsingin seudun ympäristöpalvelut -kuntayhtymä) to finance the construction of a wastewater treatment plant at a new location in Blominmäki, Espoo. The energy efficient plant will perform to very high environmental standards and replace an ageing plant serving several municipalities in the Helsinki region. Planned to be operational from the end of 2020, the ne...

  • 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

  • Argentina to boost investment in research, development and technological innovation with support from IDB

    Argentina will increase the productivity of its businesses by boosting investment in research, development and innovation with IDB support.

    IDB supports broad program of scholarships for researchers, professionals and educators in Paraguay

    IDB has approved a loan of US$20 million to finance a program for 1,245 researchers, professionals and educators in Paraguay.

    IDB partners with IFC, Exportadora Atlantic and Starbucks to help Nicaraguan farmers combat coffee rust disease

    IDB loan will help Nicaraguan farmers fight coffee rust fungus, which has crippled coffee production and put growers out of work.

    IDB will support the sustainability of the electricity sector in Nicaragua

    The IDB approved a loan of $65 million to support the strengthening of the energy sector in Nicaragua.

    IDB approves $80 million loan to Ecuador for the continuation of its electricity distribution program

    IDB program will improve Ecuadors National Electricity Distribution System, provide better quality, and more reliable electricity services.

  • The End of Coal: Ontario’s coal phase-out

    Ontario has successfully implemented its policy to put an end to coal use in 2014. This energy transition has become “the single largest GHG reduction measure in North America”: since 2007, when coal accounted for about 25 per cent of its electricity generation, Ontario has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 34 Mt or 17 per cent.

    What lessons can be learned from Ontario’s coal phase-out experience? How can its success be replicated in other parts of the globe? This paper explores this question for all those around the world who may draw inspiration and lessons learned from Ontario: policy-makers, campaigners, entrepreneurs and others interested in transitioning to a low-carbon future.

    We rely on the concept of the “window of opportunity” and suggest that all elements critical to a sustainable energy transition can be clustered within the four “panes” of this “window”: context, champions, concerns and...

    Investment Contracts for Agriculture: Maximizing gains and minimizing risks

    This joint IISD, World Bank and UNCTAD discussion paper marries two substantial bodies of research to show how investment contracts can be set up to promote sustainable development. It presents the top five positive outcomes and the five downsides from private sector investments in large- scale agricultural projects. The paper also proposes legal options to maximizing the main positive outcomes and minimizing the main downsides through better drafting of contracts between investors and governments for the lease of farmland.

    This paper has been posted with the permission of the World Bank.

    New Centre for Climate Risk Reduction on the Prairies to be established

    WINNIPEG—June 23 2015—The University of Winnipeg and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) are pleased to announce a new joint initiative – The Centre for Climate Risk Reduction on the Prairies.

    This new initiative will be a network offering research, advice and policy development to governments, businesses and community members on the pressing and increased impacts of climate change. The goal is to identify and anticipate risks to increase community resilience to climate change.

    The Centre is much needed. Until now, adaptation planning and implementation has been limited, increasing the vulnerability of our economy, infrastructure, social systems and natural environments to the adverse consequences of a changing climate. A tangible example of the coordinated research the Centre will provide includes detailed climate data and mapping to allow farmers, municipalities and governments to plan more effectively for floods and other weather-...

    Webinar: "The End of Coal: Learning from the success of Ontario’s coal phase-out"

    Join IISD's webinar Tuesday June 30, 2015 at 10:00 (EDT)/16:00 (CET)

    The question is not if coal will be phased out from our energy systems, but how. To explore this question, IISD is hosting a web-based discussion of lessons learned from Ontario’s successful coal phase-out.

    The webinar will draw on IISD’s new report “The End of Coal: Ontario’s coal phase-out” that analyses the context, the champions, the concerns and arguments as well as the complementary policies that made coal phase-out possible in Ontario. The speakers include both those who led Ontario toward and through the coal phase-out and those who are interested in replication of this success internationally. The discussion will be interactive, and participants from all backgrounds are encouraged to contribute questions and comments.

    The speakers are:

    Brent Wanner, Analyst, Climate Change Unit, International Energy Agency and one of the lead authors of the...

    IISD participated in PPP Days 2015

    This two-day conference is a global meeting focused on public-private partnerships (PPPs) for public sector agencies, multilateral development banks (MDBs) and other international financial institutions (IFIs), international organizations and private sector leaders. It took place from June 16-17 in London, UK, and was hosted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

    Oshani Perera, Director of the Public Procurement and Infrastructure finance team, moderated the Renewable Energy session where the main barriers for securing a future for renewable energy in emerging markets were debated, including:

    Exploring decentralized energy generation
    Updating PPP laws to demand for low carbon energy sources
    Developing optimal financing structures and better value capture value – deal aggregation
    Optimal Risk allocation in clean energy PPPs

    This event also showcased presentations from select country programs to investors and...

  • Renewable Energy Auctions: New Best-Practice Guide Steers Global Adoption

    The popularity of renewable energy auctions is on the rise as countries worldwide seek the best means to reach their sustainability targets. More than 60 countries have now adopted renewable energy auctions, up from just six in 2005. “Auctions have been a tremendous support to India’s renewable energy programme. Through auctions, we discovered the real market … Continue reading Renewable Energy Auctions: New Best-Practice Guide Steers Global Adoption

    Geothermal Energy Gets Global Boost

    More than 70 representatives from 22 countries and 15 multilateral organizations, gathered in Nairobi this week to push forward the global expansion of geothermal energy. Geothermal energy is reliable, predictable and can last for decades. It has a minuscule carbon footprint, is one of the lowest-cost energy sources once start-up costs are met, and can … Continue reading Geothermal Energy Gets Global Boost

    New IRENA App Turns Mobile Devices Into Renewable Energy Prospectors

    Have you ever wondered what the renewable energy potential was for a region or specific location? Today, IRENA is launching a new mobile app that can transform your mobile device into a prospector for renewable energy. The Global Atlas pocket brings reliable data on global renewable energy potential to anyone with a smart phone, for free. It’s … Continue reading New IRENA App Turns Mobile Devices Into Renewable Energy Prospectors

    IRENA Releases World’s Most Comprehensive Renewable Energy Capacity Figures

    The world’s most comprehensive, up-to-date and accessible figures on renewable energy capacity have just been released by IRENA. Renewable Energy Capacity Statistics 2015, which includes figures from 2000 to 2014, contains 12,000 data points from more than 200 countries and territories. While capacity data is readily available for larger markets like China and Germany, information … Continue reading IRENA Releases World’s Most Comprehensive Renewable Energy Capacity Figures

    Join the Women in Renewable Energy Conference

    The energy sector is a key driver for economic growth. As the population grows and people become more successful, demand for energy will grow exponentially. By 2030, we will need 60% more electricity that today.This demand cannot – for economic, social and environmental reasons – be met through conventional energy sources alone. Renewable energy offers a sustainable, … Continue reading Join the Women in Renewable Energy Conference

  • The Leap Second: Interview with Vincent Meens, Head, Frequency Bureau, Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES)

    Video interview transcript available Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the primary time standard or international time scale by which the world regulates clocks and time. The international time scale used by distributed services throughout the world, known as Coordinated Universal...

    ITU and UKTA enter new partnership to improve skills in the ICT sector

    On 11 June 2015, ITU and the United Kingdom Telecommunications Academy (UKTA) signed a cooperation agreement to launch an online Master’s degree programme on information and communication technology topics. The UKTA online Master of Communications Management (eMCM) will be provided...

    Accelerating innovation at ITU Telecom World 2015

    Technology and innovation have always gone hand in hand – but perhaps never more so than today, where anyone who is connected anywhere in the world can create, design, programme, and implement tools, solutions, applications and products. As major new...

    ITU Telecom World: 150 Years -150 Young Innovators

    As part of ITU’s 150th anniversary on the theme “150 years of innovating together”, we’ve created a map highlighting 150 Young Innovators and their ideas. These are young social entrepreneurs from all over the world who are using technology to...

    Press release: ITU defines vision and roadmap for 5G mobile development

    Future mobile technologies usher in new paradigms for connected society Geneva, 19 June 2015 – ITU has established the overall roadmap for the development of 5G mobile and defined the term it will apply to it as “IMT-2020”. With the finalization of...

  • It’s Official—New York Bans Fracking

    NEW YORK, NY (June 29, 2015)—The Cuomo Administration today made the state’s ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing official, following through on a December promise to prohibit the dangerous industrial activity in New York.

    NRDC Urges Administration to Act Promptly on Mercury Rule, Following Court’s Ruling

    WASHINGTON (June 29, 2015) – The Supreme Court today returned the Environmental Protection Agency’s mercury and toxic air rule to the lower court for reconsideration, saying EPA must consider costs in deciding whether to regulate air pollution from power plants.

    NRDC: Senators’ Energy Principles Point our Country in the Right Direction

    WASHINGTON (June 29, 2015) – Forty-five Senators – including every Democrat - today asked the nation’s governors to join the federal government in updating energy policies.  In a letter, the senators outlined a series of common-sense principles, including: investing in clean energy, empowering consumers, modernizing our aging power infrastructure, cutting pollution and reducing energy waste, and investing in clean energy research and development.                                   

    Robert Redford Calls for Climate Action in United Nations Address

    NEW YORK (June 29, 2015) – Robert Redford, the noted artist and activist, called for urgent action on climate change in an address to climate ministers at the United Nations today.  The event, which included delegates from over 193 member countries, was a key gathering in the lead up to the international climate negotiations taking place in Paris, France this December.

    Alarming Decline in Monarch Population Justifies Immediate Action: NRDC Urges UN To Declare Mexican Butterfly Refuge “In Danger”

    Advocates for monarch butterflies are heading to a World Heritage Committee meeting in Bonn, Germany, urging immediate action to increase protections for the migrating monarch butterfly population that spends the winter in Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage site. 

  • Senses in Sustainability - International Flavors & Fragrances joins WBCSD

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    Stress-testing deforestation-free commitments on the ground

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    Earth demands urgent action on climate change

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    We call for a clean future

    Monteux, April 22, 2015 - We are pleased to announce our partnership with #Futureisclean, a movement initiated by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, founders of the project and pilots of the Solar Impulse airplane, currently attempting the first Round-The-World Solar Flight.

    New global partnership will intervene in landscapes at risk

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  • RELEASE: World Resources Institute Welcomes Natalie Elwell as Senior Gender Advisor

    RELEASE: World Resources Institute Welcomes Natalie Elwell as Senior Gender AdvisorJune 29, 2015 WASHINGTON (June 29, 2015)— World Resources Institute (WRI) announced that Natalie Elwell has joined the organization as its first senior gender advisor. Elwell will work with staff to embed a consistent gender perspective across WRI’s programs and within the institute.Read more

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    Clear Waters: Restoring Fish, Culture and Land in Central Oregon

    The Oxbow conservation area in Central Oregon, owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, has been receiving much more visitors lately. In May 2015, a group of international experts visited the site. But our visit wasn’t that special. The new visitors were fish. Spring Chinook, summer steelhead salmon, bull trout and Pacific lampreys arrived in the John Day River, some having traveled nearly 500 miles from the ocean’s edge. The long-awaited appearance of these fish represents a...

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    Reducing Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Development: Strategies for State-level Policymakers

    This working paper is a first of its kind guide for US states aiming to enact policies to regulate methane emissions. It looks at ways to reduce methane leaks from major emissions sources, including technologies to help reduce methane emissions and model rules for states to base future regulations on.

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    States Can Take the Lead in Reducing Methane Emissions from Natural Gas

    Natural gas can offer climate and public health benefits, but its production too often leaks methane, a heat trapping gas that is at least 34 times as potent as carbon dioxide. Estimates show that natural gas production sites leak from 1 percent to 10 percent or more of their methane. Consider the fact that the United States has over 925,000 natural gas-producing wells, and that’s a lot of methane being released into the atmosphere! While the federal government is taking steps to reduce these...

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    NASA Satellite Data Help Show Where Groundwater Is – And Where It Isn’t

    Imagine you’re a wheat farmer in Rajasthan, a state in northwestern India. Wheat needs more water than rains provide, especially during the dry season. So you drill a well. You don’t have to pay for the water you use or the electricity that powers your pump, so you let the pump run. While you know the water comes from an aquifer somewhere beneath your feet, it's invisible, diffused throughout layers of soil and rock. Draining an aquifer is therefore very different from draining a reservoir,...

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