The following comments were submitted to the Asian Development Bank in 2008, regarding its Safeguard Policy Statement.
At the third annual New Ventures India Investor Forum in Mumbai, sustainable entrepreneurs connected with investors to network, build partnerships and find opportunities for growth.
In recent years, the world has experienced a remarkable rise in the prices of vital commodities, including energy and agricultural products. For example, between 2006 and 2008, the average world price for oil rose by 110 percent, rice by 217 percent, wheat by 136 percent,
This week's first-ever CIF Partnership Forum must ensure that new Clean Technology Funds will help developing countries quickly transition to zero-carbon technologies.
p>The forest products sector holds an enormous stake in the coming economy defined by resource constraints, climate change policies, and shifting consumer values.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is both hailed as a "silver bullet" for the coal industry, and reviled as a pipe dream. The reality is that the U.S. needs CCS, and a comprehensive policy framework for rapid development and deployment.
The Carbon Value Analysis Tool (CVAT) is a screening tool to help companies integrate the value of carbon dioxide emissions reductions into energy-related investment decisions. The tool has two main purposes:
The recent energy efficiency advances are due to a combination of more aggressive government policies, higher energy and production costs as well as an increasingly competitive environment for Chinese energy-intensive fi rms. As a result,
Corporate procurement managers are increasingly looking for ways to ensure that wood and paper-based products are environmentally and socially sound. The WRI/WBCSD procurement guide being released today is a toolbox to help them.
At first glance, the lineup of products and services on display at this year's New Ventures India Investor Forum seemed to reflect traditional Indian knowledges and practices. Banana-leaf materials, light posts, and packaged Indian foods were some of the offerings on display by entrepreneur finalists.
The following letter was sent to the Socially Sustainable Development Unit of the Latin America and the Caribbean Region of the World Bank on October 12th, 2007, regarding the proposed Environmental Development Policy Loan to Peru.
The following letter was sent to Kathy Sierra, Vice President of the Sustainable Development Network at the World Bank on September 20th 2007, regarding the launch of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).
Project appraisals and other documents indicate the extent to which climate change considerations are actually included in the Bank's loans. A review of publicly available documents for 2000 to 2006 assessed whether project documents accounted for GHG emissions, identified alternative approaches
At the end of June 2006, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz announced an internal restructuring of two vice presidencies: the Bank's "networks" for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (ESSD) and Infrastructure were integrated into a new Vice Presidency for Sustainable Developmen
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:
As part of a collaborative effort between the Inter-American Development Bank’s Environment Division and the World Resources Institute, this document discusses environmental mainstreaming considerations in the context of the four pillars of the Bank’s Institutional Strategy:
Developing countries in Asia face the same challenge from modern biotechnology that other regions, nations and societies do: How does one maximize the potential benefits of a technology as powerful and pervasive as this and at the same time ensure that effective measures and
Export credit agencies (ECAs) are bilateral public institutions that facilitate financing for home country exporters and investors doing business overseas, particularly in developing countries and emerging market economies.
This brief investigates the limited extent to which climate change issues have been included in the World Bank Group’s country assistance strategies, energy-sector loans and project lending and recommends structural reforms to improve Bank lending practices.