Tagged on: Climate change

Annual Reports
Climate change: Minimizing the scale and impact of climate change – UNEP 2015 Annual Report
United Nations Environment Programme

In its work on combating climate change, UNEP focuses on three areas: Climate resilience – Supporting countries in using ecosystem-based approaches to adapt and build resilience to climate change. Low-emission growth – Supporting countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adopt renewable energy, increase energy efficiency measures and reduce air pollution. REDD+ – Enabling countries to seize investment opportunities that reduce greenhouse emissions from deforestation and forest degradation with adequate social and environmental safeguards.


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2016
Reports and Books
Lenders and Investors Environmental Liability: How Much is Too Much?
United Nations Environment Programme

This working paper presents an overview of Lender Environmental Liability (LEL) and Investor Environmental Liability (IEL) regimes and issues. Environmental harm and degradation is often irreparable. Therefore, our assumption is that precaution is the main objective of any international and domestic environmental legal regime. The paper explores the conditions under which LEL/IEL can be effective tool to promote precaution. To illustrate our premise, we created a model based on Nash’s game theory in an attempt to universalize some basic concepts in the design of these systems. By using Nash’s game theory we aim to answer the question presented in the title of our paper: how much is too much environmental liability for a financial institution to bear? We argue that full environmental liability (where financial institutions bear unlimited liability) may have the perverse effect of incentivising them to internalize any duty of care, in case they bear full liability. - See more at: http://unepinquiry.org/publication/lenders-and-investors-environmental-l...


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2016
Annual Reports
Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations Environment Programme: Annual Report 2015
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP’s role in environmental sustainability for the 2030 Agenda. In September, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure peace and prosperity for all. About half of the SDGs are directly environmental in focus or address the sustainability of natural resources: poverty, health, food and agriculture, water and sanitation, human settlements, energy, climate change, sustainable consumption and production, oceans, and terrestrial ecosystems. UNEP promotes environmental sustainability as a crucial enabling factor in ensuring the health of our planet, and is committed to working with all parties to ensure the success of the ambitious agenda.


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2016
Reports and Books
Global metrics for the environment: The Environmental Performance Index ranks countries‘ performance on high-priority environmental issues
Yale University, World Economic Forum and CIESIN

This Index builds on previous EPIs, innovating in key areas including, for the first time, human health metrics that capture health risks across all ages and genders instead of using child mortality as a proxy. The 2016 EPI introduces novel measures of agricultural sustainability that form a foundation for a comprehensive suite of agriculture indicators to be developed. This EPI also includes new species protection indicators that speak to key conservation outcomes, shining a light on badly needed measures of biodiversity loss.


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2016
Annual Reports
Environmental governance: Strengthening global governance in an interconnected world - UNEP 2015 Annual Report
United Nations Environment Programme

In its work on environmental governance, the overarching element that needs to be strengthened to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international frameworks, including the recently adopted Paris Agreement, UNEP focuses on three areas: Coherence and synergy – Improving the manner in which the UN system and multilateral environmental agreements achieve policy coherence. Law and institutions – Enhancing the capacities of countries to establish and enforce legal and institutional frameworks to address environmental priorities. Mainstreaming the environment into development processes – Assisting countries to integrate environment into sectoral and development processes and plans, including those on poverty reduction.


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2016
Reports and Books
How Paris Became the Capital of Climate Finance
United Nations Environment Programme

This working paper traces the evolution of the ‘networked solution’ to finance that came together at the COP21 in Paris, linking the formal negotiations with a broader set of actions by financial regulators, by financial institutions and also by civil society. It explores the creative dynamic between France’s efforts to stimulate action within its own domestic financial system, and the international steps harnessing the financial system for climate security. It closes with reflections on how this new approach can be deepened in the year ahead. - See more at: http://unepinquiry.org/publication/how-paris-became-the-capital-of-clima...


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2016
Manuals and Guides
A toolkit for preparation of low carbon mobility plan
United Nations Environment Programme

The Toolkit for Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) Revised (2014) is used as a starting point for the present toolkit. This toolkit for LCMP caters to a global audience, and provides a simplified approach for LCMP preparation for smaller cities, or cities in which no major investments are envisaged in the short-term. The toolkit has a specific focus on cities in less-developed and developing countries where significant infrastructure will be built to cater to a growing transportation demand and, therefore, land-use and transport policies can play an important role in shaping mobility demand and mode choice.


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2016
GEO
GEO-6: Global Environment Outlook: Regional assessment for the Pan-European Region
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

The sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) Assessment for the pan-European region paints a comprehensive picture of the environmental factors contributing to human health and well-being at the regional level. Backed by a large body of recent, credible scientific evidence, regional-wide consultations and a robust intergovernmental process, the assessment demonstrates that regional and global multilateral environmental agreements have improved environmental conditions in the pan-European region. It also highlights the complexity of the interlinked environmental, social and economic challenges now confronting decision makers.


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2016
Reports and Books
District energy in cities: unlocking the potential of energy efficiency and renewable energy
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication is among the first to provide concrete policy, finance and technology best practice guidance on addressing the heating and cooling sectors in cities through energy efficiency improvements and the integration of renewables. The report is also the first to consolidate data on the multiple benefits that cities, countries and regions have achieved through the use of modern district energy, in an effort to support evidence-based policy recommendations and to raise awareness of the significance of the heating and cooling sectors, which have been insufficiently addressed in the climate and energy debate.


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2015
Periodical
REDD+ Academy Learning Journal Edition 1 - Fall 2015
UN-REDD Programme, United Nations Environment Programme

The REDD+ Academy is a coordinated REDD+ capacity development initiative led by the UN-REDD Programme and the UNEP Environmental Education and Training Unit, which seeks to match the scale of the global climate change mitigation challenge and enable systematic, focused capacity development to deliver REDD+ on the ground. The REDD+ Academy is a comprehensive response to capacity building needs identified by the countries receiving support from the UN-REDD Programme. The main aim of the REDD+ Academy is to empower potential “REDD+ champions” with the requisite knowledge and skills to promote the implementation of national REDD+ activities.


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2015