Posts Tagged: Technology

UNEP Releases Green Economy Modelling Report of South Africa

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a report titled ‘Green Economy Modelling Report of South Africa – Focus on Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Transport and Energy Sectors,’ developed with technical assistance from the Millennium Institute and the Sustainability Institute, in collaboration with the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies of the Stellenbosch University. The study assesses the impacts of green investments in four of the country’s key economic sectors: agriculture, energy, transport and natural resource management.

US, China Agree on Climate Change Mitigation Actions

The US and China agreed to five new action initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollution, focusing on: emission reductions from heavy-duty and other vehicles; smart grids; carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS); the collection and management of GHG emissions data; and energy efficiency in buildings and industry.

WESS 2013 Report Focuses on Energy, Food Security and Sustainable Cities

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched the World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) 2013, subtitled ‘Sustainable Development Challenges,’ in Geneva, Switzerland. The 2013 report focuses on three sustainable development challenges identified for action at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20): energy transformation; food security and nutrition; and sustainable cities.

GEO-5 Report Highlights Impacts of a Changing Environment on Business

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with SustainAbility and the Green Light Group, has released a report titled ‘GEO-5 for Business: Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Corporate Sector.’ Based on UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), the report offers an analysis of specific risks faced by the construction, chemicals, mining, food, and other industries, and suggests ways in which businesses can adjust to create long-term competitive advantages.

ICRAF, IFAD Consider Biofuel Development

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) reported on an event held to demonstrate the potential contribution of biofuels to sustainable development. In particular ICRAF emphasized that if greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets are to be met, approximately 26% of transport will need to be powered by biofuels by 2050.