14 Mar 2014
Here you will find a round-up of all the recent news and events in mechanisms from around the world.
- A new reward for solar energy with a new digital currency, SolarCoin. Each SolarCoin will be awarded for the proven generation of 1MWh of energy to incentivise uptake in renewable energy.
SolarCoins, a new digital currency. Source: Green Futures.
- On the day that EU and US negotiators are meeting to discuss the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Karl Mathieson writes a live blog about that the impact that the free trade agreement has on the environment.
- EU introduce plans for a new, opt-in certification scheme for conflict minerals. But the Guardian’s Nick Murray says that it will fail to spark change.
- Until recently, consumers relied on certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Now, they can also use a new platform – Global Forest Watch – to track the supply chain of their goods in real-time.
- Are Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives (MSI) always best? May Miller Dawkins – formerly of Oxfam – argues that there is no such thing as a perfect MSI design but close attention to the different forms of participation can hopefully lead to better results.
- An analysis of over 60 government programmes from around the world finds the best practices for a green economy and sustainable development for use in the post-2015 development agenda.
- The Istanbul Programme of Action (2011) means that the number of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) must half by 2020 - an ambitious feat. And to ensure success, IIED's Camilla Toulmin says that governments need to use their resource to their best use. "They could make real progress by focusing on infrastructure, investment, incentives and institutions," she argues.
Law and Order
- EU plan to phase out super greenhouse gases with the introduction of a new law that would ban hydrofluorocarbons in commercial refrigeration by 2022.
- National Trust, RSPB and Wildlife Trust are among the NGOs calling for fracking exclusion zones. In a recent report, they also highlighted the lack of regulation around shale gas exploitation, as well as the raising concerns for a range of threatened species and the potential of water contamination.
Fracking. Image: Alamy. Source: RSPB.
- Following renewed blasts of toxic air, a Chinese top legislator says that they are preparing to tighten the rules to force the polluters to pay compensation while also arguing that business are responsible for the environmental damage they cause.
- Scientists call for urgent regulations for deep sea mining to ensure that minerals are extracted responsibly and with minimal damage to the sea bed and marine ecosystems.