The new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has committed to being "lean, clean and green." Will its new Environmental and Social Framework achieve that goal? Researchers Gaia Larsen and Sean Gilbert investigate.
In a few days, China will release its 13th Five-Year Plan, a new economic, social and environmental blueprint for the country's development through 2020. Recent signs show that the country is already beginning to shift toward a low-carbon pathway, and the new plan provides the opportunity to build on that progress.
China's overseas investment grew from $1 billion in 2004 to more than $30 billion in 2014. In many cases, it's come at a cost to Africa's forests and the people who rely on them.
Last December in Paris, 195 countries came together and adopted a landmark agreement on climate change. The Paris Agreement is significant for a number of reasons, not least of which is the direction it provides on climate finance. It is now clear that the world needs to align financing pathways with the Agreement’s long-term goals, strengthen national institutions that will implement climate activities, and increase...
Electricity for water treatment can be as much as one-third of a city's energy bill, and these "energy-water nexus" issues are becoming more and more concerning for businesses. A new GE and WRI report explores three innovative solutions for energy and water management.
WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer revealed 2016's top stories to watch when it comes to the environment, economy and sustainability.
Large, private sector energy customers wanting to buy more renewable energy are already driving change in electricity markets by scaling up clean power delivered through the grid. More renewables in countries’ power grids will accelerate progress toward emissions-reduction targets put forth in Paris.
If successful, the new international climate agreement forged in Paris will send strong signals to financial markets—and therefore to businesses and investors—about the direction of energy for the foreseeable future.
A new initiative launched in Paris this week demonstrates the growing recognition that action by financial institutions – both public and private – is necessary to begin shifting trillions of dollars toward low-carbon development.
The companies represent $932 billion in revenue and 476 million tonnes of annual greenhouse gas emissions. Their commitment to align their emissions-reduction goals with what the latest climate science says is necessary to limit warming to 2 degrees C will make a huge impact.