Tagged on: renewable energy

Infographics and Flyers
Building the Future We Want: Invest in Renewable Energy
United Nations Environment Programme

Infographic highlighting the deployment of renewable energy in different parts of the world


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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
Reports and Books
Increasing private capital investment into energy access: The case for mini-grid pooling facilities
University of California Berkeley, CrossBoundary, Stanford University, United Nations Environment Programme

Mini-grids are viewed as one of the key elements in securing universal energy access in the developing world. However, current levels of investment into renewable decentralized energy are insufficient to reach the development goals identified by initiatives such as the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All. In order to reach such levels of deployment, new models of financing need to be designed. In this report, we provide a conceptual framework for the development of a private sector facility to pool and cross-collateralize diverse capital to support international mini-grid portfolios. We begin by discussing the current status of electrification initiatives in developing countries, and the approaches adopted to access finance for their implementation. We then argue that two key barriers exist to the effective financing of mini-grids. First, mini-grids in emerging markets have a complex risk profile that is difficult to mitigate at the individual project level. Furthermore, individual mini-grid projects are so small that their fixed transaction costs reduce their financial viability.


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2015
Reports and Books
Global trends in renewable energy investment 2015
United Nations Environment Programme

According to UNEP's 9th \"Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015\", prepared by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance — the past year brought a rebound of green energy investments worldwide with a surge of a solid 17% to $270 Billion. Brushing aside the challenge of sharply lower crude oil prices this sudden increase reveresed the investment dip of the past two years and was mainly driven by investments in solar and wind energy.


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2015
Reports and Books
South-South Trade in Renewable Energy: A Trade Flow Analysis of Selected Environmental Goods
United Nations Environment Programme

This study analyses trends and opportunities for trade among developing countries (i.e. South-South trade) in selected environmental goods, in order to assess the contribution such trade can make to a green economy transition. The term ‘developing countries’ includes all countries and territories listed as developing economies in the UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics (UNCTAD, 2012). The study focuses on South-South trade flows in several RE products and their components, including solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, wind turbines, hydroelectric turbines, biomass feedstock, solar water heaters and solar lighting equipment, as well as other select environmental goods. The latter include water filtering and purification equipment and environmentally preferable products, such as organic agricultural goods.


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2014
Reports and Books
South-South Trade in Renewable Energy: A Trade Flow Analysis of Selected Environmental Goods
United Nations Environment Programme

This study analyses trends and opportunities for trade among developing countries (i.e. South-South trade) in selected environmental goods, in order to assess the contribution such trade can make to a green economy transition. The term ‘developing countries’ includes all countries and territories listed as developing economies in the UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics (UNCTAD, 2012). The study focuses on South-South trade flows in several RE products and their components, including solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, wind turbines, hydroelectric turbines, biomass feedstock, solar water heaters and solar lighting equipment, as well as other select environmental goods. The latter include water filtering and purification equipment and environmentally preferable products, such as organic agricultural goods.


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2014
Reports and Books
Global trends in renewable energy 2013
United Nations Environment Programme, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

This report presents the global trends in renewable energy in 2013.


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2013
Reports and Books
Green Economy and Trade: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
United Nations Environment Programme

This report has been prepared by the Trade, Policy and Planning Unit of the United Nations Environment Programme. It is a key component of the Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project. It aims to identify a range of international trade opportunities in various key economic sectors associated with the transition to a green economy, identify policies and measures that may act as facilitators and overcome hindrances to seizing trade opportunities arising from the transition to a green economy, and assist governments, the private sector and other stakeholders to build capacity to take advantage of sustainable trade opportunities at the national, regional or international level.


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2013
Reports and Books
Green Economy and Trade: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
United Nations Environment Programme

This report has been prepared by the Trade, Policy and Planning Unit of the United Nations Environment Programme. It is a key component of the Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project. It aims to identify a range of international trade opportunities in various key economic sectors associated with the transition to a green economy, identify policies and measures that may act as facilitators and overcome hindrances to seizing trade opportunities arising from the transition to a green economy, and assist governments, the private sector and other stakeholders to build capacity to take advantage of sustainable trade opportunities at the national, regional or international level.


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2013
Reports and Books
Transition to a green economy: benefits, challenges and risks from a sustainable development perspective
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

This document responds to this mandate. It contains three papers. The first one, by José Antonio Ocampo, looks at the macroeconomic policy implications of the transition to the green economy. The second, by Aaron Cosbey, focuses on the interlinked issues of trade, investment and technology. The third, by Martin Khor, considers the risks that this concept generates for developing countries and the domestic and international policies necessary to promote the green economy in these countries according to the principles of sustainable development. This summary presents the major policy conclusions that emanate from these contributions.


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2012