07 Apr 2014
Here you will find a round-up of all the recent news and events in mechanisms from around the world.
- This week, the US Senate voted on legislation that would extent critical clean energy tax incentives, namely the Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit for renewable energy. The result: a two year tax credit extension was agreed.
- Could making London a National Park solve our air pollution woes? By recalibrating London’s perception of urban space, it's value would not be understood on economic terms alone, but the ecological and social aspects of the city would be appreciated also.
London. Source: Green Futures.
- From no-money-down storage to crowd-funded solar: financial innovation is making an impact on the renewable energy sector by being more accessible than ever before.
- Despite climate change, most polluters still pay little or nothing when they release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. "A cost of $0.15 per kilo CO2 would be enough to solve the whole climate change problem,"says Thomas Sterner, Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Gothenburg.
- Chile’s government is planning to follow Mexico’s example and impose a tax on Carbon Dioxide from thermal power plants to discourage the use of carbon-intensive fuels.
- The Marine Ingredients Organisation launched a Global Standard for Responsible Supply (IFFO RS) in 2009. But recent changes have been announced to improve governance and increase the standard’s credibility. Now, the standard will be open to non-IFFO members and a certification body with international reach will be appointed.
- A new collaboration between the Green Building Certification Institute and the Well Building Institute seeks to marry health, wellness and sustainability in the built environment.
- Research has found that forest certification has improved social standards in the Congo basin. “Our study shows that there is a strong association between the presence of certification and improved working and living conditions in and around certified FMUs in the Congo basin,” said Paolo Cerutti, a senior scientist with the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
Certified timber in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo credit: Michael Padmanaba/CIFOR photo. Source: CIFOR.
- A report released by the World Development Movement shows the blurred lines between public-private partnerships and corporate takeovers – the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition requires African countries to facilitate the growth of agribusiness in exchange for aid money and investment. But, this will lead to an increase in poverty among farmers and further inequality, says Christian Haigh.
- The EU-China Environmental Governance Programme (EGP) has helped the Chinese government and the general public improve environmental protection by promoting local sustainable development through public participation. And, ahead of the programme’s end, Dimitri De Boer, the team leader for EGP, argues that “China must set up a mechanism for environmental governance.”
- Ahead of the release of the latest World Development Report, which is due in November this year, the World Bank have announced this year’s theme: Mind and Culture. The report will focus on psychological and cultural factors, saying that market governance mechanisms, although relevant, don’t go far enough to consider how context can complicate matters.
- IIED’s Maryanne Grieg-Gran explains why poor forest-dependent communities must have their voices heard in implementing REDD+. Focus groups, choice experiments and votes in villages can make a real difference so that local evidence for what does and does not work can be taken into account, she says.