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Investment-Grade Policy: De-Risking Renewable Energy Projects

November 12, 2018

Reducing the risk (de-risking) of investment in renewable energy projects is a critically important step to decarbonizing energy systems to prevent dangerous climate change, with three major components: technology risk, development risk and pricing risk. Addressing each of these risk profiles helps investors—utilities, banks or other institutions, find the necessary will to invest in renewable pro

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Empowering Agripreneurs to Adapt to Climate Change

November 12, 2018

UN Climate Change News, 12 November 2018 - Agri-food actors across the supply chain urgently need to put protective measures in place, whilst making use of trade opportunities and innovative adaptation technologies. That was the key conclusion of a recent Adaptation Committee workshop in Geneva co-hosted by UN Climate Change and the International Trade Centre (ITC).

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Emerging markets for green solutions

November 12, 2018

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent our most ambitious development agenda ever, setting the vision, framework and targets for the transition to a sustainable and resilient society. With just over a decade left to achieve the SDGs, a major push is needed to accelerate results.

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Australian state looks to beef up grid for solar, wind power

November 12, 2018

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales outlined plans on Monday to speed development of A$2.6 billion ($1.9 billion) worth of transmission capacity to hook up more wind and solar power.

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South Korea Plans 4 Gigawatts Of Solar + Offshore Wind

November 8, 2018

South Korea is planning to develop 4 gigawatts (GW) worth of solar and offshore wind on reclaimed land in Saemangeum, an estuarine tidal flat on the country’s southwest coast that was damned by the country’s government amidst significant controversy over 30 years ago.

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9 corporate venture funds shaping clean energy innovation

November 8, 2018

This morning, National Grid became the latest mammoth utility company to launch a corporate venture fund dedicated to nudging innovation related to clean energy. Its new Los Gatos, California-based investment arm is aptly called National Grid Partners. It represents the utility industry’s first big presence on Silicon Valley turf — longtime land of digital innovation..

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EU finance ministers call for transparency in climate finance

November 7, 2018

EU economy and finance ministers on Tuesday (6 November) stressed the need to scale up public and private money for climate change and urged multilateral development banks to end funding for coal.
Following a meeting in Brussels, the ministers emphasised that public finance alone “can never be sufficient” in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change..

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Climate finance: Council adopts conclusions ahead of COP24 conference

November 7, 2018

REAFFIRMS the strong support of the EU and its Member States for the timely implementation of the Paris Agreement together with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Addis Ababa Action Agenda. EMPHASISES the EU’s commitment to develop a robust and fully functioning set of rules as the outcome of the Paris Agreement Work Programme at COP24, which is essential for laying the groundwork for

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Unilever and Veolia to create a circular economy for plastic packaging

November 7, 2018

Unilever and Veolia have agreed to collaborate on emerging technologies that will help create a circular economy on plastics across various geographies, starting in India and Indonesia.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, just 14 percent of the plastic packaging used globally is collected for recycling after use, with 40 percent ending up in landfill and a third in fragile ecosystems. 

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COP Presidencies Issue Updated Note on Organization of Talanoa Dialogue at UNFCCC COP 24

November 6, 2018

29 October 2018: An updated note on the approach to organizing the Talanoa Dialogue during the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018, has been issued by the COP 23 Presidency and incoming COP 24 Presidency. COP 24 represents the culmination of a one-year process during which participants took stock of collective efforts on..

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China May Increase Its 2020 Solar Target To 200 Gigawatts Or Higher

November 6, 2018

China’s National Energy Administration has floated the idea that it might increase its 2020 solar target to at least 210 gigawatts (GW), and potentially as high as 270 GW, in a move which will significantly impact China’s annual capacity additions and, thus, global capacity additions and solar PV manufacturing.

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Urban Mobility For The Modern Worker

November 6, 2018

With more and more of us living a gig lifestyle, the office can be anywhere with a power socket, an Internet connection and decent coffee. Whether a coworking space, a cafe, the local library or on-site with a client, there are any number of places you can call "home" at any given time.

For such a transient way of working, a bicycle is a great way of getting about, especially given the..

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UK renewable energy capacity surpasses fossil fuels for first time

November 6, 2018

The capacity of renewable energy has overtaken that of fossil fuels in the UK for the first time, in a milestone that experts said would have been unthinkable a few years ago.

In the past five years, the amount of renewable capacity has tripled while fossil fuels’ has fallen by one-third, as power stations reached the end of their life or became uneconomic.

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Gamechangers & Cities seeks 10 social impact startups for UN sustainable cities goal

November 5, 2018

The program seeks 10 startups with social impact in the field of cities to contribute to the achievement of objective number 11 of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) — “Sustainable Cities and Communities.”

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How the circular economy unlocks new revenue streams

November 2, 2018

Research from Accenture suggests the rise of the circular economy will unlock $4.5 trillion in new economic growth by 2030. But for this bounty to be released, businesses, banks and governments must collaborate to encourage and enable a change in mindset to embrace new business and finance models. Just as the first industrial revolution transformed the way we live, work and interact..

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A circular economy could save China five trillion dollars

November 5, 2018

China could see big improvements in air quality, a reduction in carbon emissions and huge savings for business and households worth 32 trillion yuan (US$5.1 trillion) by 2030 if it moved to a circular economy, according to a recent report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

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Poland and the UN Sign Host Country Agreement for COP24

October 31, 2018

The government of Poland and the UN today co-signed the bilateral agreement which forms the legal basis for organizing and hosting the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice this year (COP24, 2 – 14 December).

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34 global leaders sign U20 Communique to advance sustainable development

October 31, 2018

At the Urban 20 (U20) Mayors Summit this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina, mayors and leaders from 34 cities around the globe signed the U20 Communique to work toward a "collective goal of fair, inclusive, and sustainable development."

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The City of Taipei & Tesla Partner on New Clean Energy Startup Incubator

October 29, 2018

The City of Taipei, Taiwan, has joined forces with Tesla to establish a new 1.5 hectare hub to help local startups find footing and get training for new energy ventures in the city.

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$2 trillion investors challenge 55 companies on climate lobbying

October 29, 2018

Five weeks before a pivotal UN climate conference (COP24) starts, a group of investors, led by the Church of England Pensions Board and Swedish national pension fund AP7, sent a letter to 55 companies to challenge them on climate lobbying.

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Asia Pacific To See 355 Gigawatts Of Solar & Offshore Wind Boom In Next 5 Years

October 29, 2018

The Asia Pacific region is expected to add a further 355 gigawatts (GW) of new solar PV capacity over the next five years, despite expectations that the sector will see a decline in installations this year, while the region’s offshore wind industry is predicted to grow 20-fold over the next decade.

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Only 16 countries have emissions reduction targets matching their promises to avoid catastrophic climate change

October 26, 2018

Just 16 countries have set clear goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions that will allow them to match their ambitious pledges to tackle climate change.
In a new report, climate experts have warned of discrepancies between big promises made on the global stage and domestic targets backed up by law.

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COP24: The EU’s moment of truth

October 26, 2018

This year’s UN climate summit will undoubtedly represent a moment of truth for international climate action.
There are high expectations of a strong reaction from the global community to the recent Special Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which highlights the disastrous damage a 2°C rise and above would have on global warming.

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C2 Energy Capital Raises $21 Million for Renewables Fund

October 25, 2018

C2 Energy Capital LLC, a New York-based clean-energy developer, raised $21 million to invest in new projects.
About half of the money raised for the C2 Taiyo Fund I LP fund is already committed to specific projects, according to an emailed statement Thursday. The fund will target renewables and storage investments, including a 51-megawatt solar portfolio being built in South Carolina, said Richar

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Oil and Gas Majors Need to Invest $20 Billion Yearly to Dominate in Renewables

October 25, 2018

Majors account for a 15 percent share of the global oil and gas market. If those majors want to capture the same market share in renewables, it would require them to collectively invest $200 billion, according to a new report from Wood Mackenzie.

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European parliament backs single-use plastics ban

October 25, 2018

The European Parliament has voted to ban a range of single-use plastics such as straws, cotton buds and cutlery and to ensure most bottles are recycled in a bid to curb ocean pollution.
Under the proposal, 10 single-use plastic products would be banned by 2021 and EU states obliged to recycle 90% of plastic bottles by 2025.

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Jamaica’s prime minister is now the ‘Solar Head of State’

October 25, 2018

The Office of the Prime Minister of Jamaica has commissioned a high-efficiency, state-of-the-art solar photovoltaics array, thanks to Solar Head of State, a nonprofit that helps world leaders become green leaders by installing solar panels on government buildings. This cool organization grew up out of the campaign to put solar back on the White House..

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Amazon backs German smart heating and AC company Tado in new $50M funding round

October 24, 2018

Tado, the smart thermostat and AC control maker, has raised a further $50 million in funding from an array of noteworthy and strategic investors. Backing the Munich-headquartered company this time around is Amazon, E.ON, Total Energy Ventures, Energy Innovation Capital, Inven Capital, and the European Investment Bank.

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Uber Will Increase London Fares to Raise a $260 Million Clean Energy Fund

October 23, 2018

Uber Technologies Inc. will increase the cost of taking a ride in London by 15 pence (20 cents) per mile to create a 200 million pound ($260 million) fund to help drivers switch to all-electric vehicles.

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Patricia Espinosa: The World Wants Us to Achieve Results at COP24

October 23, 2018

At the opening of a ministerial meeting in Krakow on 23 October, designed to prepare for the outcome of the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice in December (COP24), the Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa, outlined her expectations for the COP.

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Shell Joins Global Wind Energy Council

October 23, 2018

In what must surely be a sign of the End Times, the Global Wind Energy Council announced last week that oil and gas megalith Shell has joined as a board-level member as the company looks to expand its wind business as part of its Shell New Energies Strategy.

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Facebook Los Lunas Data Center Boosted By 100 Megawatts Of Solar

October 23, 2018

Facebook’s $1 billion data center in Los Lunas in New Mexico will benefit from an additional 100 megawatts (MW) of new solar capacity after approval was granted for the construction of two 50 MW solar farms, ensuring that the data center is served with 100% renewable electricity.

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Israel Startup Rolls Out Tiny Solar Panels for Smart Electronics

October 23, 2018

A startup in Israel is implanting tiny solar panels on electronic devices that allows the devices to sustainably generate their own power, the latest sign that falling costs are pushing renewable energy technologies deeper into everyday use.

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GE and Siemens sign agreements for power generation deals in Iraq

October 22, 2018

The contract was announced in favour of GE due to pressure from the Trump administration on the Iraqi Government, according to sources familiar with the matter cited by the Financial Times.
Siemens has said that it signed a memorandum of understanding with the Iraqi Government to supply 11GW of power generation equipment for a period of four years.

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S&P: More private capital needed to finance UN Sustainable Development Goals

October 22, 2018

Private capital must play a far greater role in green projects throughout the developing world if governments are to deliver on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), S&P Global Ratings has warned.

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The UN-backed Green Climate Fund has pledged $1 billion in new projects and programs for developing countries.

October 22, 2018

The commitment is in prelude to the UN climate talks in December, where member nations will discuss implementing the Paris Agreement, the legally binding document 195 nations signed in 2015, committing them to limiting global warming by reducing emissions.

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Microsoft Pioneers New Way To Derisk Renewable Energy Investments

October 22, 2018

In a corporate blog post on October 16, Microsoft announced a new tool to help take the risk out of investments in renewable energy, a move it hopes will help drive the renewable energy revolution forward. Intended for large corporate and industrial customers, it is called a Volume Firming Agreement and it can become part of any new or existing Power Purchase Agreement.

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Bill Gates to establish €100 million clean energy fund with EU

October 22, 2018

If plans are realized, the private-public investment vehicle will start investing in companies with green-tech innovations. The fund would be used to pursue technologies which could help the decarbonization of the economy but which have not received enough attention.

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This Blockchain of Blockchains Will Let You Sell Your Energy Anywhere in the World

October 22, 2018

Energy Web Foundation is working toward building a blockchain of blockchains that could let consumers sell the energy they generate at home in markets worldwide. The EWF open-source software application, called EW Origin, could provide digital links between existing energy trading platforms, analogous to the role that interconnectors play in the physical electricity market world.

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Australians agree on $15M Project to Create Gas from Renewables

October 22, 2018

Australian energy firm Jemena is partnering with the national Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) on a $15 million trial project to create hydrogen gas from solar and wind power. If successful, the resulting fuel would then be stored for use across the Jemena Gas Network in New South Wales.

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UNFCCC Issues Provisional Agendas for Katowice Climate Change Conference

October 16, 2018

12 October 2018: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published provisional agendas for the meetings that will convene during the Katowice Climate Change Conference. The Conference will include: the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 24); the 14th session of the COP serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 14) .

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Will COP24 meet Africa’s climate realities and aspirations?

October 15, 2018

A Legal Adviser with the African Group of Negotiators to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has outlined Africa’s expectations of Katowice, Poland, looking at realities on the ground and how Africa can speak with one voice to make sure it is heard.

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This Indian State Has Beaten 25 Countries To Become World’s First 100% Organic State

October 20, 2018

Sikkim has been one of the best states when it comes to sustainable policies and adding another feather to the cap is the recognition of all these efforts by the United Nations. UN has recently announced the award for World’s Best Food Policies to Sikkim. Sikkim has been organic since 2015 and it started this journey way back in 2003, but its now that the state got its due.

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“We Must Increase Climate Action and Create Unstoppable Momentum Towards COP24”

September 15, 2018

The Global Climate Action Summit closed on Friday in San Francisco after three days showcasing a surge of climate action and commitments from regions, cities, businesses, investors and civil society; and calling on governments everywhere to step up their efforts to tackle climate change.

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