This outlook from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows how policy and technological breakthroughs can advance the development of this key enabling technology for renewables. Through smart charging, EV batteries can help to integrate high shares of solar and wind power into existing grids, as battery storage capacity helps to even out the variability of these sources.
United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
This paper Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Infrastructure details the results of an initial stocktaking on existing sustainable infrastructure initiatives, and argues for more integrated approaches to sustainable infrastructure in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
This interagency statement issued jointly by seven UN agencies calls upon all stakeholders involved in the infrastructure lifecycle to support an integrated approach to the development of sustainable and resilient infrastructure to accelerate the SDGs and 2030 Agenda.
This report, which is based on 20+ interviews with investors and other stakeholders, explores the reasons for the slow progress of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) integration in infrastructure investments by private investors and evaluates the emerging field of publicly available tools that seek to make the sustainability impacts on and from infrastructure projects tangible for investors.
This report focuses on the challenges and opportunities faced by developing countries that are related to the Paris Agreement, both emerging as well as the least developed and most vulnerable countries. The paper is based primarily on the emerging evidence and experience gained on the ground in the Global Green Growth Institute's (GGGI) 30 member countries in recent years, complemented by the published results of leading organizations in each of the areas reviewed.
Beyond the Gap: How Countries Can Afford the Infrastructure They Need while Protecting the Planet aims to shift the debate regarding investment needs away from a simple focus on spending more and toward a focus on spending better on the right objectives, using relevant metrics. It does so by offering a careful and systematic approach to estimating the funding needs to close the service gaps in water and sanitation, transportation, electricity, irrigation, and flood protection.
United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), Sustainable Healthy Cities Network, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Environmental Change Institute (ECI), Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC-Mistral)
This policy brief, The Infrastructure And Climate Change Nexus: Integrated approaches as a catalyst for transformational change, explores interlinkages between climate change mitigation and adaptation, and diverse forms of infrastructure. Given that infrastructure in every sector has climate implications, the brief raises awareness about the need for an integrated approach to the planning and development of resilient, low-carbon infrastructure assets to achieve the targets enshrined in the Paris Agreement and to boost climate-smart growth.
This policy brief, How to Better Reflect Transport in Climate Action Efforts, addresses the transport sector, the second-largest emitting sector in the world, and how to streamline it into the climate change policy process.
This report provides investment potential estimates across six key sectors (waste, renewable energy, public transportation, water, electric vehicles, and green buildings). Sector-specific investment potentials are estimated at the global and regional levels. The report also addresses urban resilience, financing solutions, and includes six deep dives into specific cities – one from each region – representing various sizes and stages of development:
Low-carbon buses (LCBs), which include hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and different types of electric buses, have been promoted widely in cities in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). This report summarizes the experience of 16 cities in the PRC with an urban bus fleet of 70,000 units, and includes performance data on around 20,000 LCBs, of which nearly 10,000 are pure electric vehicles. The objective of this report is to show real world performance data on LCBs in the PRC, their environmental and financial impact, as well as policies used to promote LCBs.