The $548 billion USD that is paid annually in fossil fuel subsidies around the world is preventing a crucial transition to renewable energy sources. This is according to a new report released from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).
Private sector sourcing commitments are driving major market growth for sustainable commodities, according to the State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) Review 2014 published by an alliance of international organisations. This 2014 edition provides a bird's eye view of market and performance trends of the 16 most prevalent standards initiatives - such as the Forest Stewardship Council, Organic, and Rainforest Alliance - across ten leading commodity sectors.
This report focuses on the wind and solar sectors in Germany. It reviews the German policy in support of raising the share of renewables in the energy mix within the context of multiple social, economic and technological objectives.
The Minamata Convention on Mercury was adopted on Thursday, 10 October 2013 at 11:11 am in Kumamoto, Japan, following decades of increased awareness regarding the toxicity of mercury and mercury-related compounds. The journey
On Monday, 7 October 2013, delegates convened in Kumamoto, Japan, for the intergovernmental preparatory meeting in preparation for the signing of the Minamata Convention on Mercury at the Diplomatic Conference to be held on 10 and 11 October.
In 2011-2012, the Government of India spent over USD$15 billion subsidizing fuel products such as diesel, kerosene and liquid petroleum gas. The government’s total subsidy expenditure increased by 27 per cent from the previous year, significantly contributing to the deterioration of India’s fiscal balance.
This paper examines the current state of alignment between climate knowledge brokers (CKB) platforms with the information-seeking and knowledge-sharing behaviour of users of online climate change information.
This new report by IISD reviews the existing mechanism of subsidy delivery through public distribution systems and examines the possibility of using cash transfers as an option for fossil-fuel subsidy reform. It focuses specifically on kerosene distributed through the PDS and domestic LPG.
Integrated water resources management (IWRM) combines land and water management through broad-based stakeholder participation to realize multiple co-benefits in watersheds. IWRM recognizes the economic benefits of managing water and related resources in an integrated manner to provide high levels of ecosystem services (ES).