Non-Tariff Barriers Can Connect Trade to Sustainable Development

In the landscape of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, trade is a means of implementation towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) on financing for development further specifies the role of trade as “an engine for inclusive growth and poverty reduction, and contributes to the promotion of sustainable development.”Continue reading “Non-Tariff Barriers Can Connect Trade to Sustainable Development”

Wind and Solar Costs Are Plummeting: Now What Do We Do?

For years, debates about how to reduce carbon emissions from electricity generation were framed as trade-offs: What is the cost premium we must pay for generating zero-carbon electricity compared to fossil fuels, and how can we minimize those costs? Fortunately, the holidays came early this year for renewable energy: In investment company Lazard’s annual reportContinue reading “Wind and Solar Costs Are Plummeting: Now What Do We Do?”

Emerging Nations Have Taken the Lead on Renewable Energy

Historically speaking, wealthier, developed nations, particularly the US and Europe, have led the world on renewable energy, investing the most capital and building the most capacity. Last year, that changed. In 2015, for the first time, countries outside the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) invested more in renewable energy and added more renewableContinue reading “Emerging Nations Have Taken the Lead on Renewable Energy”

IDB Approves US$100mn Loan for Chile’s Sustainable Energy Sector

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a US$100mn loan to the government of Chile to finance a sustainable energy program. Objectives of the program include simplifying the rate structures and processes of natural monopolies; fomenting competition in the generation and transmission segment; and promoting the development of renewables and energy efficiency, IDB said in aContinue reading “IDB Approves US$100mn Loan for Chile’s Sustainable Energy Sector”

The Age of Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is the central drama of our time. The world’s governments are currently negotiating a set of Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, for the period 2015-2030, following the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which ran from 2000-2015. The MDGs focus on ending extreme poverty, hunger, and preventable disease. They have been theContinue reading “The Age of Sustainable Development”

Companies are underestimating the risks of deforestation in their commodities supply chains

Two new analyses show that companies reliant on agricultural commodities like beef, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy have underestimated the risk of deforestation in their supply chains and are unlikely to achieve their current time-bound goals for severing ties with forest destruction. London-based non-profit CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, releasedContinue reading “Companies are underestimating the risks of deforestation in their commodities supply chains”