BEIJING (November 10, 2015)—The China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), an influential advisory body that includes Chinese and international experts, has released recommendations to make China’s financial sector better support environmental sustainability, domestically and internationally.
This is the first time the Board is faced with approving proposals for specific activities. Are these proposals ambitious enough? Do they contribute to a paradigm shift in developing countries? Or do they fall short?
High rates of motorization and urbanization, particularly in developing countries, underpin strong growth in the transport sector. Burgeoning demand has made transport the world’s fastest-growing source of carbon emissions.
Statement from Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, on the findings of a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The report finds that $62 billion in climate finance was committed in 2014 by developed countries and multilateral banks towards the goal of $100 billion per year by 2020. This amount reflects a significant jump over the $52 billion committed the previous year, 'represents a significant upward trend in climate finance which, if it continues, shows that the goal of $100 billion by 2020 is within reach.'
We’re now halfway towards the 2020 deadline – set in 2009 – for developed countries to mobilize $100 billion a year in climate finance. It’s essential to show that developed countries are keeping their commitments so developing countries know they have support for ambitious action when countries meet to forge a new global climate agreement in Paris this December. So with five years to go, how close are we to $100 billion a year? And how could we get there?
France and the UK announced increases in the amount of climate finance they will be providing in the coming years. France committed to increase its climate finance by €2 billion a year (around US$2.25 billion) to deliver a total of €5 billion a year by 2020, and the UK announced it will provide £5.8 billion (around US$8.8 billion) from its foreign aid budget for climate finance between 2016 and 2021. The announcements came during the summit launching the Sustainable Development Goals and heads of state meeting at the UN General Assembly.
Presidents Obama and Xi are demonstrating courageous leadership on climate change. Both countries are moving forward with on-the-ground action to hasten the transition to a low-carbon economy. They’re also laying the cornerstone for an ambitious climate agreement in Paris.
Sementara masih menghadapi asap tebal dari kebakaran hutan dalam beberapa minggu terakhir, Indonesia telah menyerahkan rancangan kebijakan iklim pasca-2020, yang dikenal sebagai Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), atau Kontribusi Nasional yang Dimaksudkan. Di dalam dokumen tersebut, negara penyumbang emisi gas rumah kaca terbesar kelima di dunia ini berkomitmen terhadap target tak bersyarat berupa 29 persen penurunan emisi pada tahun 2030 dibandingkan skenario business-as-usual, dan sebesar 41 persen dengan bantuan internasional. Dengan ini, Indonesia telah menetapkan untuk memperpanjang target mitigasi sukarela 2020 dan bergabung dengan lebih dari 70 negara lainnya yang telah mengumumkan INDC mereka.
While dealing with sooty clouds from massive forest fires in recent weeks, Indonesia submitted its post-2020 climate action plan, committing to an unconditional target of a 29 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to a business-as-usual scenario.
As Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) design a post-2020 climate agreement and establish their national contributions within it, the question of progress toward existing climate finance targets has become a sticking point.
The finance stream of the UN climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, last week showed a clearer narrative emerge about the key elements that should be included in the outcomes of the December climate summit in Paris.
This week's climate talks in Bonn made important progress on the core structure of an international climate agreement, but time is short and countries will need to intensify their efforts to set the stage for success at COP21 in Paris in December.
China will need investments in the order of $330 billion (RMB 2 trillion) a year from 2015-2030 to overcome its environmental challenges. Tapping the private sector can help scale up the country's green finance.
As climate impacts mount, so does the urgency of resolving the equity challenge. Those least responsible for climate change are often the most vulnerable to changes in weather patterns, sea level rise, and other impacts, further exacerbating existing inequities.
The excitement around clean energy access through distributed renewable energy has a good basis in real world experience. By creating the right policy and regulatory conditions, international clean energy access initiatives can help other countries benefit from greater access to electricity through distributed renewable energy.
Several ambitious international initiatives that aim to deliver access to clean, modern energy services to underserved populations in developing countries have recently taken root, including the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative, the Energy+ Partnership, and Power Africa.
For the first time ever, the G7 rallied behind a long-term goal to decarbonize the global economy over the course of this century.
BONN, GERMANY/WASHINGTON, DC (JUNE 8, 2015) — On June 7th and 8th, government leaders met at the G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau, Germany.
Entering the second and final week of key climate change negotiations in Bonn, it's clear that the pace of the talks needs to kick into higher gear.
BONN, GERMANY/WASHINGTON, DC (JUNE 5, 2015) — On June 7th and 8th, government leaders will convene at the G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau, Germany.