Tagged on: SOLAR ENERGY

Reports and Books
Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies in the East African Region
United Nations Environment Programme

Environmentally sound technologies (ESTs) are increasingly being promoted internationally, regionally and nationally as potential solutions to environmental challenges such as climate change and pollution, while building resilience and creating opportunities for trade, economic growth and jobs. This report provides an overview of trade in ESTs in the East African Community (EAC) and its drivers and barriers, aiming to support policy makers in knowledge-based decision making, enabling them to harness the opportunities that trade in ESTs offers. It therefore maps the policy landscape related to trade in ESTs and provides a detailed account of trade in five selected ESTs in the East Africa region, with a focus on identifying opportunities and barriers to such trade. The specific ESTs considered in the report are solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, solar water heaters, wind turbines, biomass boilers and hydroelectric technology. While the trade flow analysis focused on these goods, it should be noted that EST goods and services are oftentimes complementary and delivered in a joint manner. Barriers to the trade and diffusion of one therefore also often hampers the deployment of the other. The report also provides an in-depth case study of the national solar PV industry in Kenya, and analyses the main opportunities and barriers to trade and to the diffusion of solar PV products along the domestic value chain.


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2018
Case Studies, Manuals and Guides
UNEP Guide for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Laws
United Nations Environment Programme

The Guide describes the key legal issues associated with efficiency and renewable energy resource development, and presents legislative options from both developed and developing countries for dealing with them, including sample excerpts from legislation.


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2016
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
Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project - Synthesis Report
United Nations Environment Programme

This synthesis report summarizes lessons from the UNEP Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project, which identified, assessed and harnessed trade opportunities arising from the transition to a green economy. The authors combine international research with case studies from around the world - describing sustainability standards for farming in Chile, organic agriculture in South Africa, biotrade in Peru, solar energy in Ghana and fisheries in Viet Nam. The case studies reveal how trade can drive sustainable development, promote social inclusion and reduce poverty. They also highlight a range of opportunities, from sustainable agriculture and value chains for native biodiversity, to enhanced solar energy production for export and improved international certification in aquaculture.


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2016
Reports and Books
Green energy choices: The benefits, risks and trade-offs of low-carbon technologies for electricity production
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents the first in-depth inter national comparative assessment of the envir onmental and resource impacts of different energy technologies, modelled over the whole life cycle of each technology, from cradle to grave.


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2016
Other
Faces of Change
United Nations Environment Programme

It’s easy to get bogged down in the debate and forget the human face of climate change. Climate change is not just an abstract debate over statistics – it’s about people and the impacts they’re facing but it’s also about people taking action. Yet, the stories are often untold . UN Environment has teamed up with renowned photo-journalists to put a face on some of the good initiatives underway. For the first time, this series of images will reveal these extraordinary ‘Faces of Change’ to the rest of the world.


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2016
Reports and Books
Green energy choices: The benefits, risks and trade-offs of low-carbon technologies for electricity production: Summary for policy makers
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents an assessment of the impacts of nine main electricity production technologies on human health, ecosystem health and resource use, taking a life-cycle approach. It covers coal and gas with and without CCS, photovoltaic power, concentrated solar power, hydropower, geothermal, and wind power.


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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
State of play for sustainable buildings in India
United Nations Environment Programme

This report on the


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2010
Reports and Books
Switched on: renewable energy opportunities in the tourism industry
United Nations Environment Programme

This publication explores how clean and renewable forms of energy can sustainably power the tourism industry. It provides the latest information on solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass (plant and animal matter) resources. It demonstrates how tourism businesses powered by renewable energy can reduce environmental impacts, generate benefits for local communities and, often, lower costs.


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2003