The world is entering an era when natural resource constraints, environmental policies, and shifting consumer values will create unprecedented demands on the private sector. Recent spikes in the prices of energy and food commodities illustrate the dynamic forces that are changing the world.
Climate change is not just an environmental challenge. It is becoming a defining fact of economic development.
Since January 2005, the Green Power Market Development Group has implemented or signed contracts for 185 megawatts (MW) of new green power projects and purchases – enough to power approximately 55,000 homes.
The seventh installment describes the business case for companies to use renewable resources to meet their energy needs. WRI's experience indicates that firms are switching to renewable energy to obtain one or more of the following business benefits:
This report explores an approach to reconciling development and climate priorities, termed sustainable development policies and measures (SD-PAMs).
The sixth installment describes three "next generation" green power products tailored to the needs of corporate customers in voluntary markets. The three "next generation" products addressed in this publication include:
Questions and Answers for Investors on Climate Risk provides explanations and additional resources for the following questions:
Currently, countries measure their economic growth and performance through the System of National Accounts (SNA).
Chronic, human-induced imbalances in major biological systems---for example, nutrient cycling, inter-species relationships and food chains---are more insidious than acute incidents of pollution or other damage.
This report reviews the challenges and opportunities presented by the Climate Convention and the Kyoto Protocol for Central and Eastern European countries with economies in transition, and serves as a background study for the project.