Between now and 2050, developing countries need an estimated $531 billion per year of additional investment in energy supply and demand technologies in order to limit global temperature rise to 2° C above pre-industrial levels. To achieve this scale of investment, developing country governments
Since the 1990’s, international financial institutions have urged developing countries to liberalize the electricity sector in their countries to bring financial solvency to the sector.
Forest carbon monitoring is critical to evaluating whether policies aiming to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from forest change are achieving their goals. The objective of this brief is to highlight the technical capacity needs for implementing national systems for forest carbon monitoring.
Through the Open Climate Network, Idasa and partner organizations are examining the legal and institutional framework for key policies that will influence South Africa’s progress towards meeting its global climate change commitments. One such policy is the Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (REFIT), drafted in 2009 to help South Africa increase the amount of electricity generated by renewable sources to 10,000 GWh by 2013.
Developing countries are expecting billions of dollars to fund a clean energy transformation. How can they ensure this money is spent in the public interest?
As South Africa moves forward with its own preparations for climate change, other countries are taking note.
TESTIMONY OF JONATHAN LASH
PRESIDENT, WORLD RESOURCES INSTITUTE
HEARING BEFORE THE UNITED STATES SENATE
COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS
“LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON S. 1733, CLEAN ENERGY JOBS AND AMERICAN POWER ACT”
To be successful, adaptation efforts must dovetail with human development needs such as poverty reduction and employment.
In South Africa more than half the traffic on Vodacom’s mobile network in 2004 came not from its 8 million subscribers but from 4,400 entrepreneur-owned phone shops where customers rent access to ph
This report explores an approach to reconciling development and climate priorities, termed sustainable development policies and measures (SD-PAMs).
This background paper was published in SAIS Review: A Journal of International Affairs as a part of their Winter-Spring 2003 Issue. (Volume XXIII, Number 1). SAIS Review is published by the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University.
WRI's business case studies go deeper into some of the most promising projects represented in the Digital Dividend Clearinghouse, providing detailed description and analysis of each business model, the market segment in which it operates, its successes and challenges, potential replicability and
This brief presents preliminary findings and recommendations from research on natural resources in decentralization efforts around the world.
This report addresses the status of access to information, participation, and justice in nine countries -- Chile, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, and the United States.
During the 1990s, the conventional wisdom about the electricity sector —public ownership and integrated utilities —was challenged by a new model of private ownership and unbundled utilities.
The world's drylands are remarkable ecosystems. Encompassing grasslands, agricultural lands, forests, and urban areas, they make up about 40 percent of the world's land area. Drylands are home to nearly 2 billion people.