Posted by Rachel Stern on Tue 11/25/2014

Energy efficiency diagram

Investment from the private sector is essential for tackling climate change.  In order to limit warming to two degrees Celsius, the International Energy Agency has called for investments of US $1 trillion per year until 2050 to finance the transition to green growth. This target cannot be reached without increasing investments and innovations from the private sector.

Posted by Valerio Micale on Wed 11/12/2014

Geothermal is competitive. Its low cost per unit of energy generated, when compared with other renewable energies and fossil-fuelled generation make it an attractive option for policy-makers in developing countries to meet growing energy demand.

Posted by Zhihong Zhang on Fri 11/07/2014

Solar collector field

The Government of India has recently set a new, truly ambitious target for solar energy: 100,000 megawatts additional generation capacity in the next five years.  To put the number in perspective, India’s current installed capacity of electricity generation from all sources of energy stands at 250,000 megawatts, of which solar accounts for just 2,700 megawatts.

Posted by Gianleo Frisari on Fri 07/25/2014

Gianleo Frasari explains how public buy-in and bidding can reduce costs for concentrated solar power

Concentrated solar power (CSP) is an innovative, low-carbon power generation technology of great promise. However, because of its high costs and hefty upfront capital needs, global deployment is still low at around 3GW. To achieve cost reductions, CSP needs to see further deployment. But, for now all CSP technologies need some form of public support.

Posted by Michele de Nevers on Tue 07/22/2014

Money and plants

At the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) summit in Copenhagen in 2009 developed countries committed to “a goal” of raising $100 billion per year by 2020 to help developing countries to cut carbon emissions and to reduce the dangerous impacts of climate change on their economic development.  

Posted by Barbara Buchner on Wed 06/25/2014

Barbara Buchner

The panel Billion vs. Million Dollar CIF Projects: Does Size Matter in Transformational Change? discussed the impact of mega-projects and smaller-scale projects. Barbara Buchner, Senior Director, Climate Policy Initiative talked to IISD about the effect of the amount of finance on delivering transformational change

Posted by Hans Joachim Sc... on Tue 06/24/2014

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber

Hans Joachim Shellnhuber, Director of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, illuminated the recent IPCC report on climate science and impacts, citing an urgent need to act immediately to lower emissions. He also gave a historical overview of greenhouse gas concentrations over time.

Posted by Jason Clay on Mon 06/23/2014

Jason Clay

Jason Clay, Senior Vice President of Market Transformation, WWF looks forward after moderating the panel Multi-National Corpotations and SMEs Working Together: Sustainable Supply Chains for the Future. He notes the importance of sustainable agriculture and adaptability in business plans and development strategies.