Making our infrastructure cleaner and more sustainable could add as little as 5 percent to upfront costs, which could be fully offset by lower operating costs. WRI Board member and former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón reveals four ways to unlock capital for low-carbon infrastructure.
People watched closely when China launched the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) last year, with a mandate to be “lean, clean and green.” After its first annual general meeting and seminars this week, it appears that the AIIB is starting to move in a positive direction.
China has unveiled its 13th Five-Year Plan, which will guide the country's economic and social development from 2016 through 2020. Its new climate and energy targets show that the country will continue its shift to a more sustainable growth model and deliver on its Paris Agreement commitments.
As President Xi Jinping has said, after unprecedented economic expansion since 1990, China now needs to embrace a new economic model that focuses more on the quality rather than the quantity of growth. Will the new 13th Five-Year Plan be able to deliver this?
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.
Transport is both a challenge and a solution to climate change and international development. The Transforming Transportation conference, which takes place January 14th and 15th, will explore how local officials, urban planners and other stakeholders can turn international transport commitments into concrete actions on the ground.
China recently issued its first directive on “green bonds,” funds exclusively applied to finance new and existing green infrastructure projects. The new standards should help scale up the use of green bonds and usher in new low-carbon projects like renewable energy and public transit systems.
Climate finance is essential for enabling developing countries to both reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to the impacts of a warming world. Watch for six signs over the next two weeks to see how COP 21 makes progress in this area.
WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer answers the question: Is it possible to enjoy rising levels of prosperity and also enjoy clean air, pure water, green spaces and uncongested, livable cities?
A new report lays out clear recommendations for how the Chinese government can put the right policies in place to shift investments from polluting to sustainable industries.
A key objective of the Open Government Partnership's Global Summit this week is supporting implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals.
Data is more than graphs, spreadsheets and computer models. As experts at the recent Eye on Earth Summit noted, when in the right format and right hands, data can reduce air pollution, halt deforestation and create new protected areas for threatened species.
Even for those of us who work on climate change every day, last week was one of the most inspiring events in a long time.
The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals aim to eradicate poverty and spur economic growth while respecting planetary boundaries. Now world leaders face the difficult task of putting them into action.
Pope Francis’s first visit to the United States marks a spiritual moment that brings an intense focus to the world’s neediest. His arrival comes just as the new Sustainable Development Goals are about to be formalized and three months before the world is expected to unite around a global climate agreement in Paris. This trio of events may signal a profound shift for people and the planet.
Let's put it this way: If food loss and waste were its own country, it would be the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter, exceeded only by China and the United States.
Sustainable Development Goal 15 aims to improve the management of forests, combat desertification, reverse land degradation and preserve biodiversity. It recognizes that poverty reduction, healthy land and vibrant ecosystems all go together.
It is impossible to succeed in today's economy without access to energy. But for an estimated 1.3 billion people, mostly in the developing world, electric power is still out of reach. Even among those with energy access, many still face unreliable service and regular blackouts. This is why it is so important that we push for Goal 7 of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals: "ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all."
The unveiling of the Sustainable Development Goals next week will be a milestone moment for our collective future. Peter Hazlewood and Mathilde Bouyè explain how the SDGs can be truly transformative.