International Energy Charter needs to focus on low-carbon energy transition

In a previous article Sarah Keay-Bright said the outdated Energy Charter Treaty protects old world fossil fuel investments over the wide range of new green investments now being made. The treaty is being reviewed by its signatories this year. In a concluding article on the energypost.eu website, she and Steivan Defilla warn that the terms … Continue reading International Energy Charter needs to focus on low-carbon energy transition

Could the world be sustainable with less efficiency and more GHG emissions?

One week after the publication of the IPCC report on the 1.5°C target, the International Energy Agency released its flagship energy efficiency publication entitled “Energy Efficiency 2018 - Analysis and Outlook to 2040”. In the foreword of the publication, Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol claims, rightly, that “this year’s report is the most comprehensive analysis … Continue reading Could the world be sustainable with less efficiency and more GHG emissions?

Financing sustainable energy high priority for EBRD

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established to help build a new, post-Cold War era in Central and Eastern Europe. It has since played a historic role and gained unique expertise in fostering change in the region - and beyond. Now it is active in more than 30 countries, from the Southern … Continue reading Financing sustainable energy high priority for EBRD

Understanding why we need to unlock investments in energy efficiency

Recently, the International Energy Agency published its latest market report on energy efficiency. Jennifer Romero-Torres, Senior Financial Sector Specialist for the South Asia Regional Department at the Asian Development Bank uses that report to discuss investments in energy efficiency in an article on the Eco-Business website.   Energy efficiency: Why not enough is being invested … Continue reading Understanding why we need to unlock investments in energy efficiency

New review of Poland’s energy policies

The International Energy Agency has recently published its 2016 review of Poland’s energy policies and programmes. Energy policy is complicated because of the country’s dependence on domestic coal. While Poland has made some progress on improving energy efficiency and installing renewable energy, it is obvious that much more is needed, even if the IEA’s executive … Continue reading New review of Poland’s energy policies

New report shows many World Bank loans not supporting energy transition

A BBC news item shows that many World Bank loans are continuing to support coal, gas and oil developments. Many feel this is undermining renewable schemes. Maybe there is some logic behind the World Bank approach in the energy transition. Do any EiD readers have views?   World Bank loan scheme 'failing clean energy' A … Continue reading New report shows many World Bank loans not supporting energy transition

Turkey: IEA publishes in-depth review of energy policies and programmes

Since the in-depth review in 2009, the International Energy Agency believes Turkey has made significant progress in reforming its energy sector. The report states that completing the reforms will allow Turkey to tap into its renewable and energy efficiency potentials. The review is available as a free download here. Meanwhile, it is good to see … Continue reading Turkey: IEA publishes in-depth review of energy policies and programmes

New report shows important role multilateral development banks in climate finance

We assume that multilateral development banks are playing an important role in providing climate finance to important initiatives, but it takes some evidence to show us exactly what is happening globally. The International Institute for Sustainable Development writes about a recent report that documents developments in 2015.   2015 Climate Finance by MDBs at US$25 … Continue reading New report shows important role multilateral development banks in climate finance

Summary of achievements of energy efficiency standards and labelling programmes

The International Energy Agency has a number of important technology collaboration programmes that have provided valuable results over many years.   One of the collaboration programmes on Energy Efficient End-Use Equipment (4E) has recently published a report as explained by Vikki Searancke on the 4E website.   4E Releases Update to Standards & Labelling Achievements Report … Continue reading Summary of achievements of energy efficiency standards and labelling programmes

New IEA report gives some stark warnings about impact of air pollution

Recently the International Energy Agency came out with an important report on energy and air pollution. This is timely as cities and countries tackle this increasingly important issue. Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, wrote an important analysis of the report on the RenewEconomy … Continue reading New IEA report gives some stark warnings about impact of air pollution