Tuesday, May 30, 2017

WRI: to what extent multilateral development banks supporting a low-carbon future?


WRI’s working paper analyses approved and planned in 2015-2016 energy supply investments of three MDBs - the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Asian Development Bank (ADB),  which represent about 300 infrastructure projects with $35 billion of finance in developing countries.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change combines carbon price and output-based credit


In recent publication Technical paper: federal carbon pricing backstop, Canadian Government proposes combination of carbon price and output-based credit to reduce GHG emissions and address the business competitiveness problem at the same time.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit presents a new perspective on boosting investments


The G20's Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit, published by International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation, provides a set of collaborative and voluntary options for G20 countries to boost energy efficiency investments and realize the significant economic, environmental and social benefits of energy efficiency in their economies. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Next oil boom: biofuels?


Researchers from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia strongly believe that oil in the leaves and stems of plants as well as the seeds may become a game changer in the global production of renewable oils.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Limiting global warming whilst extending energy access requires both - energy decarbonization and better energy productivity



Recent Energy Transitions Commission’s report presents achievable pathways to limit global warming to well below 2˚C while stimulating economic development and social progress. The transition to a new global energy system should:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Pembina Institute proposes ‘low-carbon transition’ pathway for buildings in British Columbia


Recommendations published by the Pembina Institute are based on discussions during the two days forum attended by over 120 participants from 90 organizations. Experts proposed that the building sector in British Columbia should aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the operation of buildings by 40-50% below 2007 levels by 2030, and 80-100% by 2050.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Investment stimulated by market-based instruments for energy efficiency has risen six-fold over the last ten years


IEA published the first global overview of market-based instruments (MBIs) for energy efficiency, such as auctions, energy efficiency obligations on utilities and white certificate programmes. Contrary to other policy instruments, MBIs allow market actors to choose the measures and delivery routes that provide the most cost-effective way to achieve the outcomes set out by policy makers.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Canadian Biogas Association (CBA) provides tools and training for biogas project developers


The Canadian Biogas Association recently hosted two Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Workshops for municipalities as part of a series of targeted communications for municipal and public sector staff to learn more about this important renewable fuel. Participants of the first workshop have learn about RNG technologies, tools for measuring GHG emission reductions, such as GHGenius, and a number of RNG projects that have been implemented by municipalities across Canada.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Multiple benefits of energy efficiency can deliver as much as 2.5 times the value of the energy demand reduction


According to IEA, energy efficiency should be recognized as a major energy resource. Thanks to energy efficiency investments over the preceding four decades, energy use avoided by IEA member countries was larger than any other single supply side resource, including oil, gas, coal and electricity. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

OECD report: current carbon prices are too low to ensure needed GHG emissions reduction



The OECD released the report about pricing CO2 through taxes and emissions trading systems, which presents a new data on “effective carbon rates” on CO2-emissions for energy use across six economic sectors in 41 countries. The study analyzed OECD countries responsible for some 80 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions and found a major gap between current carbon pricing policies and what should be the minimum estimated cost for carbon given its climate impact.