Rio+20

Focus On:
The Bloomberg New Energy Finance Climatescope initiative
On the 19th of June 2012, the “data folks” did well again: Bloomberg New Energy Finance BNEF disclosed Climatescope its new annual ranking and online tool that profiles the “investment climate for climate investment” in Latin America and the Caribbean LAC. The official launch of Climatescope established Brazil, Nicaragua and Panama as the top 3 LAC countries assessing their capability in building a green economy.
 The initiative, jointly developed with MIF (Multilateral Investment Fund – member of Inter-American Development Bank Group), is aimed at drawing up a business index in LAC, through 30 indicators analyse. It highlights the importance of green policies that give green investors stability and predictability, encouraging private investment of green capital flows.
The demo made during the event showed an “extraordinary useful tool” to make the ranking of 26 countries according to 4 interrelated parameters (enabling framework; clean energy investment and climate financing; low-carbon business and clean energy value; green house gas management activities) supported by the various indicators developed by BNEF. As a result, all actors from policy makers to academics via entrepreneurs or users of clean energy can use the friendly interface offered by Climatescope and acquaint themselves with the inspiring case studies. Climatescope is available free of charge on the Internet at the following link: http://climatescope.fomin.org
Michael Liebreich, BNEF CEO, recalled that “in 2011 more than $260 billion have been invested in clean energy worldwide without including the large scale hydro projects”, out of the global total 10% went to Latin America, which is a continent richly endowed in natural capital. This report will contribute to help all stakeholders to find sustainable energy solutions in response to development issues. Will Africa be the next scoped continent? I hope so. 
Organized in the Gavea Golf Club in Rio de Janeiro, the presentation has been followed by a reception where the participants could play with the freshly released Climatescope tool on terminals put at their disposal.
Sarah LawanFrom the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development UNCSD Rio+20

Rio+20

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Focus On:

The Bloomberg New Energy Finance Climatescope initiative

On the 19th of June 2012, the “data folks” did well again: Bloomberg New Energy Finance BNEF disclosed Climatescope its new annual ranking and online tool that profiles the “investment climate for climate investment” in Latin America and the Caribbean LAC. The official launch of Climatescope established Brazil, Nicaragua and Panama as the top 3 LAC countries assessing their capability in building a green economy.

The initiative, jointly developed with MIF (Multilateral Investment Fund – member of Inter-American Development Bank Group), is aimed at drawing up a business index in LAC, through 30 indicators analyse. It highlights the importance of green policies that give green investors stability and predictability, encouraging private investment of green capital flows.

The demo made during the event showed an “extraordinary useful tool” to make the ranking of 26 countries according to 4 interrelated parameters (enabling framework; clean energy investment and climate financing; low-carbon business and clean energy value; green house gas management activities) supported by the various indicators developed by BNEF. As a result, all actors from policy makers to academics via entrepreneurs or users of clean energy can use the friendly interface offered by Climatescope and acquaint themselves with the inspiring case studies. Climatescope is available free of charge on the Internet at the following link: http://climatescope.fomin.org

Michael Liebreich, BNEF CEO, recalled that “in 2011 more than $260 billion have been invested in clean energy worldwide without including the large scale hydro projects”, out of the global total 10% went to Latin America, which is a continent richly endowed in natural capital. This report will contribute to help all stakeholders to find sustainable energy solutions in response to development issues. Will Africa be the next scoped continent? I hope so. 

Organized in the Gavea Golf Club in Rio de Janeiro, the presentation has been followed by a reception where the participants could play with the freshly released Climatescope tool on terminals put at their disposal.

Sarah Lawan
From the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development UNCSD Rio+20

Op-Ed: Global Governance and African Reality (Kandeh Yumkella)

thursday, 17 may 2012

There are few hotter topics on the international agenda than sustainability. The theme has been a mainstay of international conferences, and the biggest of them all — the UN’s Rio+20 conference — will begin just over a month from now. Kandeh K. Yumkella, head of UNIDO, the UN agency that promotes industrial development, explains what’s at stake for Africa.

Read more on TheGlobalist.com.

OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR The Future We Want By BAN KI-MOON Published: May 23, 2012

Twenty years ago, there was the Earth Summit. Gathering in Rio de Janiero, world leaders agreed on an ambitious blueprint for a more secure future. They sought to balance the imperatives of robust economic growth and the needs of a growing population against the ecological necessity to conserve our planet’s most precious resources — land, air and water. And they agreed that the only way to do this was to break with the old economic model and invent a new one. They called it sustainable development.

Two decades later […]

Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy
21 - 26 October 2012 Nairobi, Kenya




Promoting Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency

Given the importance of the financial industry in shaping the world’s response to climate change and the rapidly increasing global demand for new energy solutions, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management decided to develop its course on Sustainable Energy Finance (SEF). Now we are proud to present our two Summer Academies for 2012 within the new framework of the Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (the Centre).
Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy 21 - 26 October 2012 Nairobi, Kenya

Promoting Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency

Given the importance of the financial industry in shaping the world’s response to climate change and the rapidly increasing global demand for new energy solutions, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management decided to develop its course on Sustainable Energy Finance (SEF). Now we are proud to present our two Summer Academies for 2012 within the new framework of the Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance (the Centre).

OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Powering Sustainable Energy for All By BAN KI-MOON Published: January 11, 2012

As a child growing up during the Korean War, I studied by candlelight. Electric conveniences such as refrigerators and fans were largely unknown. Yet within my lifetime, that reality changed utterly. Easy access to energy opened abundant new possibilities for my family and my nation. […]

World Sustainable Energy Conference Launching the World Sustainable Energy Year 2012

Energy Recommendations for Rio+20

Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th January 2012 at ILO in Geneva

Objectives:
Present and discuss all sustainable energy solutions and their implementation tools by energy type, quantity, annual investment and cost from now ’til 2050 and beyond. Show the positive impacts of sustainable energies on economies, jobs and health. Provide energy information input to the United Nations Rio+20 Anniversary Summit.

Participants:
Government and United Nations officials involved in energy and environment, industry delegates, academia and relevant NGO representatives.

Scope:

Pleas of Representatives of the United Nations Organizations:
ILO, WMO, WHO, WTO, UNESCO, UNITAR, HABITAT, UNEP & FI, UNDP, UNIDO, ECE, UNCTAD

IGO & NGO Pleas: IUCN, ISEO, IRENA, IEA, WWF, GREENPEACE, GREENCROSS, CMDC, FOE, FEDRE, ICLEI, ISES, IGA, IHA, WWEA, WHA, GENI, …

Technologies: Solar, Hydro, Wind, Geo & Ocean Thermal, Bio Energy, Novel Energy Technologies

Academia: MIT, ETH, Tokyo University, Tsinghua, TU Munich, TU Vienna, Imperial College, Pace

Policy and Legislation: Global Energy Charter of Sustainable Development, National Energy Laws

Country Success Stories: Germany, USA, China, India, Austria, Norway, Iceland, Brazil, ….

City Success Stories: Geneva, Munich, London, Beijing, Rio, Osaka, Zurich, Graz, New York, …..

Role of Standardization: International Standards Organizations ISO, IEC, ITU

Financing: Public-Private Partnerships, World Bank / IFC, Small Credits, Sustainability Funds, …..

Impact on Health: WHO mitigation initiatives, health statistics, prophylaxis to avoid diseases

Impact on the Labour Market: Cooperation between ILO, other UN bodies and the NGO sector

In the morning plenary sessions problems and solutions are presented by experts

In the afternoons interactive working groups elaborate, conclude and recommend feasible clean, sustainable energy solutions.

Conclusions and recommendations are formulated as input to the Rio+20 Summit.

See enclosed Energy and Labour forecast tables to be completed before and during the conference.

Venue:
ILO, 4 route des Morillons, CH-1211 Genève 22, Switzerland
Tel:             +41 (0) 22 799 6111       – Fax: +41 (0) 22 798 8685 – E-mail: ilo@ilo.org