Cities leading the way in climate protection and resource regeneration

CoP19 in Warsaw

UN climate change negotiation (COP 19) in Warsaw

This is the nineteenth year of UN climate change negotiations. But even 19 years has proved not long enough for national governments to agree on, and implement, measures that reduce global greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently to keep the world beneath the dangerous 2°C threshold.

Meanwhile, cities and local authorities across the globe are taking the lead in climate mitigation in the face of inaction at the national and international level. [Read more →]

November 21, 2013   Comments Off on Cities leading the way in climate protection and resource regeneration

How to spend $100 billion effectively?

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Developing countries are most vulnerable to the devastating impacts of climate change. It is therefore of utmost importance to empower these countries to cope with the loss and damage already happening as a consequence of climate change. However, next to these necessary adaptation measures it is also important to mention, that the Global South can accelerate the economic development along a green trajectory while reducing poverty through the development of renewable energies. This has to be taken into account when discussing the design of newly emerging international funding mechanisms such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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November 12, 2013   Comments Off on How to spend $100 billion effectively?

Renewable energy: Our fundamental choice today

The future of renewable energies is a fundamental choice, not a foregone conclusion of technological and economic trends.

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This is one of the key messages of the Global Futures Report that REN21 launched in Abu Dhabi at the World Future Energy Summit. But the key question remains: Are we managing to make the right choice in time?

Along with 30,000 energy experts, the World Future Council and I start 2013 in Abu Dhabi at the first Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. While I am discussing the future of our energy system with representatives from governments, regulators, the private sector, international organisations and civil society, daily news remind and warn me of the huge challenges we are facing. [Read more →]

January 18, 2013   Comments Off on Renewable energy: Our fundamental choice today