25 Feb 2014
Here you will find a round-up of recent news and events related to mechanisms being used and developed all over the world.
- Google is funding a two year research project to better understand the role that solar energy can play in alleviating poverty.
- Indian government seeks US$500m loan from the World Bank for its 4GW solar project, which would be the world's largest solar power plant.
- The rising cost of energy along with green shoots in the economy should drive further investment in energy efficiency, says npower and EEF.
- Regulating the energy sector: the European Parliament has voted in favour of binding national targets on renewables, efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions for 2030.
- Dubai is using sustainable development policies to bring down the cost of energy by improving efficiency and investing in renewable resources.
- A more secure, single energy economy could lower emissions and be globally competitive – Nick Butler argues in favour of a Franco-German common energy policy.
- Green loans help James Gachacha Chira, a Kenyan small farmer, to protect the environment and become the envy of all his neighbours.
- As part of its first national agroforestry policy, India is to invest US$30-40 million to replant trees in timber farms.
- Investor group with US$200 billion in assets demands fossil fuel companies disclose carbon asset risk.
- The New York Green Bank is now looking to fund clean technology companies as well as invest in other environmental technologies.
- A Wall Street conference about investment in renewable energy and efficiency energy will take place on the in New York City, USA.
- European Investment Bank has granted €100m loan to the Pakistan government to finance the construction a green energy power plant.
- Model behaviour: 20 business model innovations for sustainability.
- Unilever signs "seven figure" partnership on sustainable living with Guardian News & Media.
- Regular quality checks included in new rules for recycling sorting firms.
- Kia has achieved UL certification for its use of bio-based materials in its first electric car; the soon-to-launch Soul EV.
- Big companies, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., are implementing new tools and education programmes to improve the sustainability credentials of their suppliers.
- Kellogg Co. announced that they will only buy palm oil from companies that don’t destroy tropical rainforests to produce the additive.
- Peter Holmgren, director general of the Centre for International Forestry Research, asks: “how can the world's next "road map" for global development forge joint solutions and steer a path to well-being without leaving forests behind?”
- South Korea could be set for the world’s highest carbon prices when the cap and trade scheme is launched in 2015, analysts say.
- With plans for a domestic carbon market, Costa Rica aims to become carbon neutral by 2021 using Payment for Ecosystem Services. But “carefully does it,” says Ina Porres, adding, “…sustainable funding … will always be the wobbly leg on the PES negotiation table.”
- A look at Norway and then Australia finds that abandoning mining tax is a mistake.