Leading regional technical and advisory firm launches new brand, Ekistica

Regional and remote Australia’s leading advisory and technical consultancy firm, CAT Projects, announced that from today the company will be trading as Ekistica.

Australians invested in US anti-Paris lobbying

Which ASX-listed company indirectly lobbied for the US to withdraw from the Paris Agreement? And what should investors do about it?

Australians aren’t buying electric cars: Three charts illustrate why

EV Council says most Australians want to buy electric vehicles, but a lack of policy support – and cars – is getting in the way.

Does energy efficiency promote economic growth evidence from a multi-country and multi-sector panel data set

This paper examines the causal
relationship between energy efficiency and economic growth
based on panel data for 56 high- and middle-income countries
from 1978 to 2012. Using a panel vector autoregression
approach, the study finds evidence of a long-run Granger
causality from economic growth to lower energy intensity for
all countries. The study also finds evidence of long-run
bidirectional causality between lower energy intensity and
higher economic growth for middle-income countries. This
finding suggests that beyond climate benefits, middle-income
countries may also earn an extra growth dividend from energy
efficiency measures.

Results of collaboration for social inclusion in the Trung Son Hydro Power Project, Vietnam

The Trung Son Hydropower Project (TSHP)
was designed with a strong gender action plan for the
implementation of its large livelihood, minority and
resettlement program. While the plan and overall aim were
considered very good practice, external evaluators found
that the actual attention to ensuring men and women were
benefitting equally was not being provided as planned during
the early stages of implementation. To address the
shortcomings, the project requested technical support from
the EAP Gender and Energy Facility to help update the
design, implementation, and monitoring mechanisms for their
livelihood, ethnic minority and resettlement programs to
ensure men and women would benefit equally from the services
provided and that monitoring mechanisms would be in place to
capture disaggregated progress and results.

Promoting green urban development in Africa enhancing the relationship between urbanization,environmental assets and ecosystem services Toolkit of measures for managing environmental externalities in urban areas

Cities depend on a healthy natural
environment that continuously provides a range of services
or benefits to society and the economy. Managing the urban
environment is, however, a complex task. Many urban cities
in Africa are struggling to meet their infrastructure needs;
maintain or provide adequate service delivery; and upgrade
city systems to keep pace with the rate of change,
urbanization, and population growth. Identifying what
investment is required in urban areas to enable economic
activity, and to create livable and vibrant cities in an
environmentally sustainable way is the key challenge for
decision makers, but also presents significant
opportunities. The purpose of this toolkit is to provide an
overview of a selected sample of generic policy measures and
instruments that specifically address the challenges raised
by ‘greening’ urban development. It focuses on instruments
that may be able to help leverage finance (from private
sector, national government and donors) to address the range
of environmental problems faced by cities in developing
countries, including low quality housing, poor access to
services, pollution and safety hazards, and to support the
implementation of green urban development measures.The
toolkit is intended primarily as a resource for urban
managers and planners in African cities. As such, the
instruments that are included have been specifically
selected because they address some of the most pressing
environmental challenges faced by rapidly growing African
cities while at the same time contributing to the
achievement of wider sustainable development goals. The
toolkit complements a wide range of other guidelines and
manuals covering integrated urban environmental planning,
green city development and mainstreaming ecosystem services
into municipal functioning. These are valuable volumes in
themselves and the reader is encouraged to use these
alongside this toolkit.

Solar resource mapping in Vietnam implementation plan – selection 1231900

This report is prepared within the
project Selection : 1231900/ Solar Measurement Campaign in
Vietnam. Under this project a two-year solar measurement
campaign as a stand-alone activity funded from a World Bank
(WBG) executed trust fund will be commissioned. Vietnam has
transformed to mixed economy with substantial development of
commercial and industrial activities that has increasing
demand of energy. Partly due to the increase in energy
demand, greenhouse gas emissions have more than doubled over
the past decade. Vietnam has announced ambitious targets for
the development of solar energy electricity generation with
announced targets of 12 GW of installed capacity by 2030.
The World Bank is supporting the Government of Vietnam in
developing a Solar PV Strategy and financing the first round
of solar PV development. Since 2013 the World Bank has been
supporting renewable energy resource mapping efforts in
Vietnam with funding from the Energy Sector Management
Assistance Program(ESMAP). The intention of this solar
measurement campaign will be to i) Generate high quality
data to enable a full solar model adaptation and validation
by Solargis, the WB’s global provider of solar resource data
and mapping services; ii) Provide data for immediate use in
developing a handful of priority sites for grid-connected
solar PVplants.

Solar resource mapping in Vietnam site selection report – selection 1231900

This report is prepared within the World
Bank ESMAP project Selection : 1231900 or solar measurements
in Vietnam. Under this project at least five solar
measurement stations funded from a World Bank executed trust
fund will be commissioned. These are to be installed at
different sites distributed throughout the whole country
from North to South. These sites should well represent the
local climatic conditions and be situated at sites favorable
for solar energy projects. The intention is to begin
measurements at these sites as soon as possible, to provide
validation data. The Government of Vietnam has a target to
add solar energy generation capacity of12 GW by 2030.
However, Vietnam currently has limited data on renewable
energy resource potential. The World Bank team supporting
the Government of Vietnam is therefore launching a parallel
activity to support country level renewable energy resource
assessment and mapping, focusing on solar, with technical
and financial support from World Bank-executed trust funds.

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More coal mines will lead to more poverty, new report warns

More coal mines will lead to more poverty, new report warns

Natasha Geiling

Supporters of Adani mine says coal crucial to solving poverty, but new report suggests new coal mines will only worsen climate change and drive poor nations deeper into poverty.

How Australia can meet 2°C target at no net cost to business

How Australia can meet 2°C target at no net cost to business

Reputex Carbon

Australia has numerous opportunities to cut emissions at a “cost saving” to investors, including distributed solar PV, fuel efficiency and forestry.

Know your NEM: Renewables too late to save next summer's prices

Know your NEM: Renewables too late to save next summer’s prices

David Leitch

Futures pricing tells us that the 4GW of large scale renewables now being built will arrive too late to soften prices next summer, and the Portland bailout has likely added around $20 to pool prices.

UBS: Electric vehicles to reach cost parity with petrol cars by 2018

UBS: Electric vehicles to reach cost parity with petrol cars by 2018

Steve Hanley

UBS says the total cost of consumer EV ownership can reach parity with combustion engines from 2018.

Ignorant and petulant politicians are leading us to climate disaster

Ignorant and petulant politicians are leading us to climate disaster

Ian Dunlop

We deserve better leaders. If the incumbency is not prepared to act on Adani, the community need to take matters into their own hands.

France names ex Greens candidate and solar advocate as energy minister

France names ex Greens candidate and solar advocate as energy minister

Emiliano Bellini

France’s new energy minister says nuclear industry business model belongs to the past. His appointment expected to hasten transition towards renewables.

Rooftop solar: Sydney and other CBDs have barely tapped 'solar goldmines'

Rooftop solar: Sydney and other CBDs have barely tapped ‘solar goldmines’

Sophie Vorrath

Sydney’s CBD has huge untapped rooftop solar potential that could save businesses and homes $70m a year on power costs, according to new study that has lessons for all Australia’s capital cities.

Time for the climate policy review we had to have

Time for the climate policy review we had to have

Peter Castellas

It’s time to get serious about climate policy, and set Australia up to make the most of the zero carbon transition that is undoubtedly underway.

Maximising local benefits from uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency

Maximising local benefits from uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency

Rob Passey and Ben Elliston

Work on regional plans for 100 per cent renewable energy highlight importance of storage to soak up daytime supply, and the need to reduce night-time loads and shift them to the day.

Managing frequency in a modern electricity system

Managing frequency in a modern electricity system

Tom Butler

Those who advocate for the status quo because of the inertia provided by synchronous generators should be aware that these technologies are far from perfect.

Leading the charge: Battery storage to jump-start clean energy transition

Leading the charge: Battery storage to jump-start clean energy transition

Matt Rennie and Ian Wood

Battery storage is set to jump-start the clean energy transition while at the same time disrupting the traditional utility business model.

ANU breakthrough: Butterfly effect could boost solar cell efficiency

ANU breakthrough: Butterfly effect could boost solar cell efficiency

Sophie Vorrath

ANU researchers develop butterfly wing-inspired nano-technology that could improve the efficiency of solar cells.

Tesla's solar roof sets Musk's grand unification into motion

Tesla’s solar roof sets Musk’s grand unification into motion

Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Tesla has begun taking orders for its transformative new solar roof, marking the final piece in Elon Musk’s vision for a grand unification of his clean-energy ambitions. Cost is key.

Sydney steps up action on climate, aims for 50% renewables by 2030

Sydney steps up action on climate, aims for 50% renewables by 2030

Sophie Vorrath

City of Sydney’s has reinforced its commitment to net zero emissions by 2050, sourcing half of its energy from renewables by 2030 and zero increase in water usage.

Big solar passes 100GW global milestone, Australia in reach of top 10

Big solar passes 100GW global milestone, Australia in reach of top 10

Sophie Vorrath

Global big solar installed capacity sailed past 100GW at the end of March, as even Australia approaches the global Big League, if it can overtake Thailand.

Know your NEM: Looking to the future of energy prices

Know your NEM: Looking to the future of energy prices

David Leitch

Futures market indicate steady fall in wholesale electricity prices as new renewable generation comes online.

Fact check: Is Australian coal really cleaner than Indian coal? And does it even matter?

Fact check: Is Australian coal really cleaner than Indian coal? And does it even matter?

Michael Barnard

If India uses coal from Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in Australia, how much less CO2 will be emitted? And is this even relevant in a market that is shifting so rapidly to renewables?

Gas could be the most expensive, least reliable path to grid stability

Gas could be the most expensive, least reliable path to grid stability

Peter Farley

Why a system with a large proportion of gas turbines is possibly more vulnerable to short term instability than a modern renewable based system with storage.

Why pick on banks when monopoly electricity networks make 10 time more profit?

Why pick on banks when monopoly electricity networks make 10 time more profit?

Hugh Grant

Australia’s monopoly electricity networks are the most profitable businesses in Australia – by far – and earn 10 times the returns of the banking sector.

The temperature spiral that went viral - one year on

The temperature spiral that went viral – one year on

Andrea Thompson

The first few months of 2017 have been added the temperature spiral to celebrate the graph’s one year birthday.

Sanitation and water for all priority actions for sector financing

The global commitment to bring universal
access to safely managed water supply and sanitation by 2030
set by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) poses an
unprecedented challenge. Strong political leadership will be
required to bring about sector-wide changes in governance
and building technical and administrative capacity at scale.
This will pave the way for building, operating, and
maintaining cost-effective infrastructure to supply improved
and sustained services. The current model of sector finance
is insufficient for reaching thee goals. Four interlinked
priority actions should be taken to tackle this challenge:
(1) make more efficient use of existing resources; (2) use
public funds in a more targeted manner; (3) attract domestic
commercial finance; and (4) focus on de-risking the sector.
Through these steps, countries will be able to leverage each
dollar of public funds to crowd in commercial finance, which
will have significant and long-term benefits for the sector.
Countries should aim to slowly and incrementally introduce
commercial finance to the sector, and can ease the
transition through a range of available tools.