The Australia-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis has published a new report examining how China performed in renewables last year, especially whilst the US renewed its commitment to coal and shifted away from the clean energy transition.
Using specially designed power electronics, solar PV can be connected directly to electrified railways to power trains, with no need to connect to the grid. However, this has not yet been done anywhere in the world. Environmental charity 10:10 issued its first report on how small solar farms installed alongside Britain’s dc electrified tracks could provide around one tenth of the energy needed to power trains on these routes each year.
Ahead of he 2017 UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Erik Solheim submitted a report entitled Towards a pollution-free planet, which describes the challenges posed by global pollution, outlines current efforts to address pollution and suggests 50 actions to tackle the problem.
Stella McCartney and Ellen MacArthur have partnered to launch a revolutionary report which urgently calls for a new, shared vision for a circular fashion industry, in order to eliminate environmental externalities.
Sustainability is one of the three pillars of Olympic Agenda 2020 alongside credibility and youth. In line with its recommendations, the IOC has developed a Sustainability Strategy. Based on the responsibility of the IOC as an organization, as the owner of the Olympic Games, and as the leader of the Olympic Movement, it focuses on infrastructure and natural sites, sourcing and resource management, mobility, workforce, and climate.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) published its new “Energy Access Outlook: From Poverty to Prosperity” report, where it expanded its country-by-country electricity and clean cooking access database, and assessed the status for all developing countries, reviewing recent trends and policy efforts up to 2016.
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published its latest report on the progress and cost trajectory of energy storage technologies and their role within a future electricity system fuelled principally with renewable energy.
In its new report on green finance, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has noted that the G20 and other countries have taken huge strides over the last year towards mobilizing public resources and private capital needed to make sustainable development and climate action a reality.
Investment is the lifeblood of the global energy system. Individual decisions about how to direct capital to various energy projects – related to the collection, conversion, transport and consumption of energy resources – combine to shape global patterns of energy use and related emissions for decades to come. Government energy and climate policies seek to influence the scale and nature of investments across the economy, and long-term climate goals depend on their success. Understanding the energy investment landscape today and how it can evolve to meet decarbonisation goals are central elements of the energy transition. Around two-thirds of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions stem from energy production and use, which puts the energy sector at the core of efforts to combat climate change.
This report was drafted by a working group of United Nations entities, the World Bank, and other stakeholders to suggest a common understanding of the blue economy; to highlight the importance of such an approach, particularly for small island developing states and coastal least developed countries; to identify some of the key challenges its adoption poses; and to suggest some broad next steps that are called for in order to ensure its implementation.
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