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High-impact sustainability actions and updates from world's leading organizations and countries.

Forest Stewardship Council

FSC on the Map: A Look at Our GIS Portal Two Years In

08-Apr-2021

FSC International Senior Outreach Officer describes the progress of FSC, its use of technology and ways in which it will lead to simplified audits and increased transparency of the FSC system and its certificate holders. Read More...

Forest Stewardship Council

Shunchang Forest Becomes the First Site in China Certified for Ecosystem Services

06-Apr-2021

Shunchang, a state-owned forest plantation located in China’s southeast, became the first property in the country verified through FSC’s Ecosystem Services Procedure for the positive impacts of its forest management practices. Read More...

Forest Stewardship Council

FSC's Five Recommendations to the EU Commission for an Effective Deforestation-Free Supply Chain

06-Apr-2021

In the framework of the upcoming EU-deforestation-free legislative proposal, FSC has shared the following five recommendations with the EU Commission for an effective deforestation-free supply chain: Read More...

Forest Stewardship Council

FSC Certification Positively Impacts Ecosystem Service Supply in Chile

01-Apr-2021

FSC forest management certification has overall positive effects on freshwater supply, erosion control and biodiversity conservation in forest landscapes of south-central Chile. Read More...

UNIDO

Retail sector refrigeration and energy efficiency

31-Mar-2021

In order to reduce the energy consumption and environmental impact of retail refrigeration systems, sector stakeholders need to make some decisions. Some barriers have been identified that hinder the adoption of alternative energy efficient HFC-free refrigerants that are used in retail refrigeration systems. Read More...

ICRISAT

WOMEN STRENGTHEN HOUSEHOLD NUTRITION AND TURN ENTREPRENEURS WITH NUTRI-GARDENS

31-Mar-2021

The ‘nutri-gardens’ also help augment household incomes, especially during times of job losses and restricted mobility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More...

ICRISAT

BUILDING SEED BUSINESS HUBS AROUND WOMEN AND YOUTH IN TANZANIA

31-Mar-2021

ICRISAT is glad to partner with the company to create vibrant seed systems in Tanzania and for enhanced livelihood for women and youth. Read More...

ICRISAT

TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE SEED SYSTEMS IN EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA

31-Mar-2021

The AVISA project has rolled out its seed systems strategy in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Uganda with an aim to increase ESA’s varietal turnover rate and boost adoption of improved varieties. Read More...

ICRISAT

AFRICAN PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF LEGUME CROPS ON WORLD PULSES DAY

31-Mar-2021

The Tropical Legumes initiative worked to develop and distribute high-yielding, climate-resilient legume varieties to millions of poor farmers in drought-prone areas of Africa. Read More...

IFC

Corporate Sustainable Bonds in Emerging Markets

31-Mar-2021

The partnership between HSBC and IFC and its diversified fund, called the Real Economy Green Investment Opportunity Fund (REGIO), helps to cultivate viable markets for investment in climate-friendly projects and mobilizes capital to make meaningful progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Read More...

IFC

How Natural Capital Approaches Can Support Sustainable Investments and Markets

31-Mar-2021

The world’s stocks of natural resources—its natural capital—and the rich ecosystem it provides support business and economies to the tune of $44 trillion in economic value each year. Read More...

IFC

A Strong Momentum for Green Finance in Asia

31-Mar-2021

A new report by the Sustainable Banking Network (SBN) highlights why sustainable finance is no longer a matter of choice, but a necessity. Read More...

IFC

How Low-Income Countries Are Adopting Sustainable Finance to Address Poverty, Climate Change

31-Mar-2021

The study finds that sustainable finance has emerged as a pathway for low-income countries to de-risk investments and enable the financial flows needed to support climate action and sustainable development. Read More...

IFC

Emerging Energy Solutions: The Rising Tide of Offshore Wind

31-Mar-2021

Climate change is already having a visible impact on our planet, evidenced by shrinking polar ice caps, rising sea levels, warmer global temperatures, and more frequent and violent weather. Read More...

IFC

Finland-IFC Blended Finance for Climate Program

31-Mar-2021

Finland and IFC entered a partnership to respond to the threat of climate change and the necessary private sector investments needed to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Read More...

IEA

IEA-COP26 Net Zero Summit

30-Mar-2021

Conference theme: From targets to actions: Realising net zero emissions through secure & inclusive transitions underpinned by strong international collaboration Read More...

World Economic Forum

Electric cars powered by tidal energy are driving Scotland toward net-zero emissions

30-Mar-2021

Cars on the island of Yell, located in the Shetland Islands in Scotland, can now be entirely fuelled by Nova Innovation's tidal turbines. Read More...

WWF

Renewable Energy Wins in Nunavut

26-Mar-2021

Energy education is really important, so here are highlights of two major capacity-building initiatives that have been helping to grow knowledge about green energy in Nunavut: the 20/20 Catalyst program and the Arctic Renewables Society. Read More...

World Economic Forum

Invest in low-carbon cities to protect climate and boost jobs, governments urged

23-Mar-2021

Cutting carbon emissions from energy, transport and construction in cities would bring jobs and savings, and curb climate change, a new report says. Read More...

World Economic Forum

How to build the next natural Wonder of the World

23-Mar-2021

The Great Green Wall is a reforestation initiative that will span the width of Africa. This African-led movement aims to grow an 8,000km belt of trees, vegetation and fertile land across the Sahel to transform millions of lives living on the climate change frontline. Read More...

Forest Stewardship Council

Transaction Verification in Asia Wood Pellets Supply Chain

23-Mar-2021

FSC introduces transaction verification for wood pellets covering the major producer and consumer markets in the Asia. Read More...

ADB

$300 Million from Green Climate Fund from ADB

22-Mar-2021

This is to Support ADB’s First Green Recovery Program in Southeast Asia Read More...

ADB

The ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility (ACGF): 12 Things to Know

22-Mar-2021

Innovative finance mechanisms supported by the ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility (ACGF) can play a key role in catalyzing much-needed funds from private capital to boost a green, sustainable economic recovery in the region Read More...

WWF

Renewable Superpower Scorecard

22-Mar-2021

This scorecard is the first time Australia’s states and territories have been ranked for their progress not just in switching Australia’s domestic energy system to renewables, but also on how quickly and comprehensively they are working to establish new renewable export industries for the nation. Read More...

ADB

ADB Bolsters Support for Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems

19-Mar-2021

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has quadrupled its support for food systems development in the past decade from $409 million in 2010 to $1.2 billion in 2020 to help close the financing gap in ensuring food security. Read More...

UNIDO

Women’s leadership for climate-neutral and circular industries

19-Mar-2021

The post-pandemic economic recovery measures represent a unique opportunity to harness women’s full potential to reshape industrial development towards environmentally sound production, consumption and waste management practices. Read More...

UNIDO

UNIDO and partners publish a new Mini-Grid Policy Development Guide

17-Mar-2021

The new Clean Energy Mini-Grid Policy Development Guide aims to help policymakers navigate the renewable mini-grid market, providing them with tools and recommendations on how to approach policies and regulations in this space. Read More...

World Economic Forum

3 policies to make the US carbon neutral by 2050

15-Mar-2021

The US wants to be carbon neutral by 2050. These 3 policies can make it possible - Carbon pricing, feebates and a carbon price floor could all contribute Read More...

Forest Stewardship Council

Estimated Forest Area Under Both FSC and PEFC/PEFC-Endorsed Certification in 2020

05-Mar-2021

According to the latest data from mid-2020, forest area holding both FSC and PEFC/PEFC-endorsed certification is approximately 95 million hectares, an increase of 3% since mid-2019. Read More...

UNIDO

Sierra Leone’s ‘barefoot’ women solar engineers

05-Mar-2021

Starting from just twelve women, there are now hundreds of women that continue to work on solar energy technology for economic activities, empowering women and youth in Sierra Leone. Read More...

World Economic Forum

Why private capital is the key to unlocking carbon capture at scale

03-Mar-2021

Carbon capture and storage must play a major role in decarbonization. To achieve the necessary scale, we need to mobilise private investment. Here's how. Read More...

UNIDO

Innovative finance mechanism to support Uruguay’s energy transition approved by Joint SDG Fund

01-Mar-2021

The programme will establish a Renewable Energy Innovation Fund (REIF) to support Uruguay´s second energy transition, with the objectives of decarbonizing the economy and boosting competitiveness. Read More...

UNIDO

Making economies more sustainable: what role for industrial hubs?

28-Feb-2021

Developing countries can use spatial policies to reduce their ecological footprint while simultaneously increasing their competitiveness. Read More...

UNIDO

UNIDO and Nudie Jeans to recycle second-quality jeans in Tunisia

25-Feb-2021

Nudie Jeans, a global leader in sustainable fashion, is looking at ways to make use of second-quality jeans to maintain the highest quality of its products Read More...

CGIAR

Launch of the Perspectives Paper on “Storing Water: A new integrated approach for resilient development”

24-Feb-2021

In February 2021, IWMI and GWP launched a new Perspectives Paper, “Storing Water: A new integrated approach for resilient development.” The webinar event gathered about 300 people and inspired discussion within the water and development community on the role of storage in managing water and building resilience. Read More...

IRENA

IRENA Report Identifies Policy Measures to Advance Jordan's Transition to Renewables

22-Feb-2021

A recent report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has identified a series of policy measures that can help advance the energy transition towards renewable energy in Jordan. Read More...

Forest Stewardship Council

Help Us Revise the FSC Policy for Association – Join the Consultative Forum

17-Feb-2021

FSC policy aims to protect FSC from reputational risks and sets out destructive activities that cannot be tolerated by not just FSC members and certificate holders, but also their affiliates outside of the FSC-certified operations. Read More...

ECB

Eurosystem agrees on common stance for climate change investments in non-monetary policy portfolios

04-Feb-2021

Common stance promotes disclosures and understanding of climate-related risks. Eurosystem aims to start climate-related disclosures for these types of portfolios within two years Read More...

Forest Stewardship Council

FSC’s New Approaches Project

04-Feb-2021

The New Approaches project was established to support smallholders and communities to capitalize on responsible forestry practices through access to the FSC system. Read More...

Forest Stewardship Council

Auditing from the sky: FSC launches new FSC GIS Portal

01-Feb-2021

FSC’s new GIS portal will enable forest management auditors to access forest-relevant geospatial information and combine it with up-to-date satellite derived data. Read More...

IFC

In Yemen, Solar Power Has Become a Lifeline

31-Jan-2021

For many in Yemen, especially for farmers, solar power has been a lifeline. The key now is to scale up its use. Read More...

UNIDO

UNIDO joins the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative

28-Jan-2021

The GSSI aims to ensure clarity, confidence and choice in the supply and promotion of certified seafood as well as to promote improvements in seafood certification schemes. Read More...

Forest Stewardship Council

FSC Publishes the Interim National Standard of Kenya

26-Jan-2021

The INS of Kenya can be used for the certification of rough wood and baobab for all types of organizations working in all types of forests in Kenya, including small and low-intensity managed forests. Read More...

Forest Stewardship Council

FSC Works for a Greener EU Recovery Plan

26-Jan-2021

FSC has worked with members of the European Parliament, trade unions, think tanks, businesses and NGOs to make sure the European Recovery Plan paves the way for a new green recovery. Read More...

Forest Stewardship Council

Woodland Caribou at Heart of Special Forestry Partnership in Canada

26-Jan-2021

“Team Caribou”, envisioned by the global forestry company Rayonier Advanced Materials, unites diverse stakeholders with a vested interest in protecting woodland caribou habitat in Quebec’s Detour forest range. Read More...

ECB

ECB to invest in Bank for International Settlements’ green bond fund

25-Jan-2021

ECB to use own funds portfolio to invest in BIS’ euro-denominated green bond fund. BIS’ fund invests in renewable energy production and energy efficiency projects Read More...

ECB

ECB sets up climate change centre

25-Jan-2021

New unit, operational as of early 2021, to strengthen and bring together ECB work on climate; Climate change centre will shape and steer climate agenda Read More...

UNIDO

Can industrialization in Africa be sustainable?

21-Jan-2021

Industrial development in Africa needs to be inclusive and sustainable: inclusive so that all sectors of society can participate and benefit from industrialization, and sustainable so that the environment does not suffer. Read More...

UNIDO

What are green skills?

21-Jan-2021

Green skills are the knowledge, abilities, values and attitudes needed to live in, develop and support a sustainable and resource-efficient society. Read More...

IFC

The Green Rebuild and Royal Dutch Shell

21-Jan-2021

When it comes to getting greener, electrifying as much as possible is a major part of the Royal Dutch Shell's strategy Read More...

Forest Stewardship Council

Real Change Must Start within People

20-Jan-2021

Anders Blom, FSC Permanent Indigenous Peoples Committee member and FSC Indigenous Foundation Chair, gave this moving speech during a session at the recent Daring Cities conference. Read More...

Forest Stewardship Council

The Secret to Reducing Forest Fires in Guatemala’s Mayan Biosphere Reserve

18-Jan-2021

Sustainable forest management stands out as an effective way to significantly reduce the occurrence of forest fires. Read More...

IFC

Supporting a Green Post-COVID Recovery Can Generate Over $10 Trillion in Investment Opportunities in Emerging Markets

13-Jan-2021

Supporting low carbon investments through COVID-19 recovery targeting funding for ten key sectors across 21 emerging markets has the potential to generate $10.2 trillion in investment opportunity, create 213 million jobs Read More...

Forest Stewardship Council

New Collaboration on High Value Forests

22-Dec-2020

The collaboration will explore forest landscapes, forest climate, forest biodiversity and forest peoples’ resilience. Read More...

IFC

Pioneering Solar Power Plant to Take off in Uzbekistan with World Bank Group Support

22-Dec-2020

The project will have an enormous effect, serving as a best practice example in Uzbekistan, opening new markets for private investment and helping accomplish the country's goal of increasing the use of renewable energy Read More...

IRENA

Planning with Net-Zero Scenarios: Moving from Political Ambition to Country-Level Pathways

17-Dec-2020

In December 2020, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) hosted a high-level policy dialogue that aimed to bring together global experts and leaders to discuss a new institutional planning architecture that aligns long-term energy pathways to politically ambitious net-zero commitments. Read More...

IFC

IFC and HKMA Showcase Best Practices in Sustainable Business and Climate Finance

15-Dec-2020

The Webinar featured executives and thought-leaders from various sectors, including green buildings, waste management, supply chain management, transportation, clean energy, and the financial sector. Read More...

World Economic Forum

Tasmania is now powered entirely by renewable energy

09-Dec-2020

Tasmania met 100% renewable target after the 29th wind turbine went online at Granville Harbour on the island’s west coast. Read More...

CGIAR

Embracing natural cycles for a sustainable food system

30-Nov-2020

In India, Ghana, Sri Lanka and Ethiopia, farmers have been buoyed by CGIAR-supported innovations that tap into natural cycles to achieve a more robust, sustainable cycle of production and supply that could be a model for food systems across the world. Read More...

WWF

Lime and WWF Partner in Fight to Curb Car Pollution

22-Oct-2020

Lime, the global leader in shared micro-mobility, and WWF, the global leader in conservation and climate advocacy, announced a new global partnership to create more liveable, pollution-free cities. Read More...

FAO

FAO and PhosAgro launch joint Soil Doctors Programme

15-Oct-2020

PhosAgro, a producer of mineral fertilisers, and FAO have introduced the joint Soil Doctors Programme to develop and distribute soil testing kits to farmers in developing countries develop skills of farmers in sustainable soil management, and establish regional networks of soil laboratories Read More...

UNIDO

South Africa: industrial energy efficiency project wins international award

15-Oct-2020

The industrial energy efficiency (IEE) project received the award in recognition of its efforts to transform energy use patterns in South African industry and to mainstream energy management systems across economic sectors. Read More...

WWF

How nature-based solutions can power a green jobs recovery

12-Oct-2020

Nature-based Solutions offer an opportunity to create immediate “no harm” jobs, while at the same time supporting a transition to a greener and job-rich economy. It also provide a way to bridge the immense mental disconnect between residents of rural and urban areas. Read More...

UNIDO

LKDF Forum 2020: Innovative ways to identify and invest in green industrial skills

09-Oct-2020

The LKDF Forum provides a platform to exchange ideas and solutions for green industrial skills, innovation, growth and sustainable development Read More...

World Economic Forum

Transforming homes into power stations - how Sweden is disrupting energy production

21-Sep-2020

Sweden tops the World Economic Forum’s Energy Transitions Index. 54% of Sweden’s power comes from renewables and this energy is increasingly local. Smart grids are switching Swedish homes from energy consumers to power-making ‘prosumers.’ Local ‘district heating’ plants use excess heat to warm the majority of Swedish homes. Read More...

CGIAR

Optimism for sustainable peatland agriculture is here - and growing

16-Sep-2020

The urgency to pursue the sustainable use of peatland became a priority in Indonesia after the 2015 fires. The President created a new organization - the Peatland Restoration Agency - to focus on managing peatland. Read More...

WWF

Global standard for corporate net-zero targets

15-Sep-2020

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), of which WWF is a partner, has debuted a process to develop the first science-based global standard for corporate net-zero target setting, with a view to ensuring that companies’ net-zero targets translate into climate action that is consistent with achieving a net-zero world by no later than 2050. Read More...

IRENA

Reaching Zero with Renewables - IRENA

10-Sep-2020

A September 2020 report by IRENA for eliminating CO2 emissions from industry and transport in line with the 1.5?C climate goal Read More...

World Economic Forum

What to know about critical minerals – the key to our clean energy future

07-Sep-2020

It'll take clever investments in mining capacity and responsible sourcing to stabilize the market and reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Read More...

IMF

How to Meet the European Union’s Ambitious Climate Mitigation Goals

04-Sep-2020

The cost of inaction is much greater than the cost of action. Read More...

WWF

Improved Climate Action on Food Systems

01-Sep-2020

Eliminating excessive meat consumption, improving storage facilities and reducing food waste is good for our health and improves food security. Read More...

CGIAR

How contour bunding and other technologies can reduce soil erosion and raise productivity in African watersheds

28-Aug-2020

Scientists at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), in collaboration with partner organizations, investigated the effects of such interventions Read More...

WWF

500 New Dams Planned within Protected Areas

05-Aug-2020

The sheer number of dams that are planned within protected areas is alarming. Government and industry policies must prevent the development of dams planned within these areas. Read More...

UNIDO

How solar-powered tablets are educating rural communities about COVID-19

23-Jul-2020

With the use of power from solar panels, we can display digital information in video form, which makes it much easier for rural communities to understand the message about COVID19 Read More...

World Economic Forum

Why transmission and distribution are the clean energy transition's secret weapons

16-Jul-2020

Increasing energy generation from cleaner sources demands an increase in transmission and distribution networks. Doing so, along with greater interconnectivity amongst grids, can counter renewables' intermittency and create more stable networks. Read More...

IFC

An Energy-Efficiency Program in Ukraine Heats Up

30-Jun-2020

Ukraine Energy Efficiency Fund (EEF) facilitates energy-efficient renovations of residential buildings in Ukraine by providing grants that leverage investments by the homeowners. Read More...

IFC

Investors Forecast Bright Future for Mini-Grids in Africa

30-Jun-2020

Mini-grids offer a cost-effective solution for providing communities and businesses in sub-Saharan Africa with low-cost, reliable, and clean power—particularly in places out of reach of existing power grids. Read More...

UNIDO

New UNIDO study helps manufacturers understand net benefits and costs of different energy-efficient refrigeration design options

22-Jun-2020

UNIDO has launched its latest guidance document supporting domestic and commercial refrigeration manufacturers seeking to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project is funded by the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) Read More...

UNIDO

China and UNIDO strengthen cooperation to support the development of sustainable industrial parks in developing countries

17-Jun-2020

UNIDO and China have agreed to strengthen cooperation to further support the development and promotion of sustainable industrial parks in developing countries and economies in transition. Read More...

IFC

One of Europe’s Largest Landfills Gets a Makeover

31-May-2020

A construction crew started building a new sanitary landfill, a waste-to-energy plant and a construction waste recycling unit compliant with applicable European Union specifications and standards. Read More...

World Food Programme

Hello Tractor - Mobile IoT app connecting smallholder farmers with tractor services

05-Apr-2020

WFP is running a pilot together with Hello Tractor and Farm to Market Alliance (FtMA) to connect tractor owners with demand from smallholder farmers. Connecting fragmented farm plots to a sharing economy is expected to drive increased equitable access to mechanization for farmers. Read More...

IFC

Climate Assessment for Financial Institutions

31-Mar-2020

CAFI, a digital, web-based platform, helps banks and other financial institutions to assess the climate eligibility and measure the development impact of the projects they finance. Read More...

World Food Programme

Minimizing post harvest losses in Burundi

30-Jul-2019

Currently, WFP supports over 20,000 small-scale farmers to increase production, reduce post-harvest losses, access new markets and increase their incomes. Read More...

IFC

Artificial Intelligence in the Power Sector

30-Nov--0001

The power sector in developed nations has already begun to use artificial intelligence and related technologies that allow for communication between smart grids, smart meters, and Internet of Things devices. Read More...