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.
A New World: The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation, analyzes the geopolitical implications of the global energy transformation driven by renewables. It is the culmination of ten months’ deliberations and consultations and informed by a number of background papers drafted by experts in the fields of energy, security, and geopolitics.
This issue brief Shades of Green: An introduction to the Green Economy for Parliamentarians aims to provide parliamentarians with a basic understanding of the green economy and of the policies required to transition toward it.
Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System (UN Environment Inquiry), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank Group
Major opportunities for climate mitigation and adaptation lie in the shift to climate-smart infrastructure. This report looks at how digital finance technologies, or fintech, can engage citizens as consumers, pension holding investors, co-producers and voters to be a driving force for raising finance for low carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure development.
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.
The report Mission Possible: Reaching net-zero emissions from harder-to-abate sectors by mid-century describes the technical and economic feasibility of hard-to-abate sectors to reach net-zero carbon emissions, the way to manage the transition to net-zero carbon emissions in heavy industry and heavy-duty transport and the measures policymakers, investors, businesses and consumers must follow to accelerate the change.
World Bank Group, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS)
Where Sun Meets Water: Floating solar market report presents an overview of floating solar technologies, current deployment market and future opportunities, challenges related to floating solar deployment, policies and regulatory considerations, and current costs and project structuring.
Energy Technology Innovation in South Asia: Implications for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion addresses how energy systems and services can improve women’s economic empowerment. It argues that integrating gender equity considerations into technology design and drawing women into this process is not only an equal employment opportunity issue, but is also crucially about how the world we live in is shaped, and for whom.
This report Digital Technologies for Mobilizing Sustainable Finance: Applications of digital technologies to sustainable finance describes the relevance of digital finance within the context of sustainable finance, the consequential G20 role, and the SDGs. It provides a framework to highlight practices across G20 members and the private sector in advancing technological solutions that support sustainable finance, notably across capital markets, private equity and venture capital, and identifies the key implications, as well as possible unintended consequences and challenges that should be appropriately addressed.
Charging Ahead: The Growth of Electric Car and Bus Markets in Latin American Cities addresses a number of critical questions about electric transportation in Latin America, drawing on case studies of six urban electric car and bus markets that have seen among the fastest growth in the region.