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.
Investing in sustainable infrastructure is key to tackling three simultaneous challenges: reigniting global growth, delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and reducing climate risk. Following the milestone achievements of 2015 – including the ambitious global goals set for sustainable development and its financing in Addis Ababa and New York, and through a landmark international agreement on climate action in Paris – the challenge is to now to shift urgently from rhetoric into action.
This study examines how alternative transport fuels and infrastructure, which are expected to play a crucial role in the transport sector’s future, develop in other world regions. It aims to contribute to the development and implementation of a European transport strategy effectively promoting alternative modes of transportation and safeguarding the EU’s transport industry’s leading position.
This includes assurance that companies are lowering their risk exposure to policies that place a price on carbon and reallocating capital to deliver higher returns in a low-carbon economy. This report provides investors, companies and governments with an overview of how companies are responding to carbon pricing signals within the global economy
Africa has abundant renewable energy resources. Traditionally reliant on hydropower, the continent is increasingly turning to solar photovoltaics (PV) to bolster energy security and support rapid economic growth in a sustainable manner. Solar PV module prices have fallen by 80% since the end of 2009, and PV increasingly offers an economic solution for new electricity generation and for meeting energy service demands, both on- and off-grid.
There are three key barriers to the growth of rooftop solar power in India: the high upfront costs of installation, low access to debt finance, and perceived performance risk. One promising solution to manage these barriers is the third party financing model. This paper explores the driving factors and challenges to the third party financing model, and proposes a series of recommendations for policy changes and financial instruments which could address these challenges.
This report was written under the umbrella of Project MainStream, a multi-industry, global initiative launched in 2014 by the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, with McKinsey & Company as knowledge partner. MainStream is led by the chief executive officers of nine global companies: Averda, BT, Desso BV (a Tarkett company), Royal DSM, Ecolab, Indorama, Philips, SUEZ and Veolia.
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