The solar and wind power industries must raise trillions of dollars in the decades ahead to achieve the scale of older, more established energy sources. While investment in solar and wind power has grown in recent years, reaching a record $270 billion in 2015, such investment declined by roughly 16% to $226 billion in 2016. Solar and wind developers often struggle to obtain adequate financing on competitive terms.
This paper is focused on climate-related investment in developing countries. It provides the reader with an overview of climate-related activities, clarifies the terminology and discusses the sources of finance and public support
The supply chain is the new frontier in environmental responsibility – an area rich with opportunity that remains mostly unexplored, where a number of pathfinders are starting to show others the value that can be found. Large public and private sector organizations have enormous purchasing power, often engaging with thousands – or tens of thousands – of direct and indirect suppliers. By harnessing the power of their procurement decisions it is possible for them to cascade their own commitments throughout the supply chain.
87 of the world’s leading companies are now members of RE100, creating demand for around 107 Terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable electricity – around the same amount of power consumed by the United Arab Emirates or The Netherlands. 34 leading businesses have joined RE100 in the last year, reflecting an increasing recognition of the business case, and the vital role that companies play in expanding the market for renewable energy. While growth has historically been focused around the US and Europe, 2015-16 saw RE100 welcome members from China and India, with favorable policy environments opening up new opportunities for corporate leadership in these regions.
UEFA EURO 2016 was a large-scale football event in France involving 24 teams, 51 games played in 10 stadiums, and 2.5 million ticket holders. This post-event report follows up on the one-year-to-go report, detailing the operational implementation of social responsibility and sustainabilitymeasures
Renewable energy set new records in 2015 for dollar investment, the amount of new capacity added and the relative importance of developing countries in that growth. All this happened in a year in which prices of fossil fuel commodities – oil, coal and gas – plummeted, causing distress to many companies involved in the hydrocarbon sector. So far, the drivers of investment in renewables, including climate change policies and improving cost-competitiveness, have been more than sufficient to enable renewables to keep growing their share of world electricity generation at the expense of carbon-emitting sources.
The rapid worldwide expansion of renewable energy in recent years has been largely driven by support policies. Typically, these aim to address market failures in an effort to promote the uptake of renewable energy while achieving a number of other objectives, including energy diversification, the development of a local industry and job creation.
Sustainability is about more than just being “green”. It is about achieving excellence, doing things more efficiently and creating a positive impact. Athletes strive to break records. Organisers strive to promote the best event possible. Why should they together not aim to achieve the next level up of quality by being sustainable?
The Olympic and Paralympic Games are one of the world's largest sports events, and the delivery of the Games has more wide-ranging impacts than we could imagine, not on the field of sports alone, but also on society, the economy and other fields. The Games' influence will go beyond Tokyo, the Host City, extending across Japan and the world. Given the growing momentum for efforts to project the global environment, it is vital that these concerns are fully addressed in the preparations for the delivery of the Olympics and Paralympic Games.
This guide explores how the Park, venues and events have been developed to respond to and tackle the significant environmental challenges of our time: a changing climate, the loss of biodiversity and the overconsumption of vital resources. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London has a fantastic opportunity to lead the way in sustainable living for its neighbours across London and beyond.
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