Category: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Record ‘green’ energy capacity added in 2016 as cost for renewables plunges – UN-backed report

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The world is now adding more renewable green energy capacity each year than it adds in new capacity from all fossil fuels combined, a United Nations-backed report revealed today, showing that the “renewables train has already left the station” and that those who ignore this will be left behind. Last year, renewable power instalments increased […]

UNAA Climate Collaboration Forum 2017

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The 2015 UN Paris Climate Agreement requires states to progressively “mobilise stronger and more ambitious action by all stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, cities and subnational authorities, local governments and indigenous peoples”. In response to this call, the United Nations Association of Australia is promoting the development of a national, inclusive climate management […]

Cost of renewables fell in 2016, lowering global investment in clean energy – UN

A wind mill at the Parque Eólico Camilo Ortega Saavedra wind farm in the Department of Rivas, Nicaragua. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016, even as investment in clean energy fell, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today reported. “Ever-cheaper clean tech provides a real opportunity for investors to get more for less,” said UNEP executive Director Erik Solheim. “This is exactly the kind of situation, where the […]

Renewable energy sources could be cheaper than fossil fuels within 10 years – UN-backed report

Sustainable energy. Photo: World Bank/Dana Smillie

A new United Nations-backed report has revealed overwhelming consensus that renewable power will dominate in the future, with many experts saying that even large international corporations are increasingly choosing renewable energy products either from utilities or through direct investment in their own generating capacity. “[The report] is meant to spur discussion and debate about both […]

UN report explores ways urbanization can be a catalyst for rural development

Rural produce can boost urban nutrition. Fruit vendors unloading pumpkins at the market in Maradi, Niger. Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano

One way to encourage mutually beneficial developments for urban and rural areas alike is to develop value chains and food systems more efficient and inclusive, a United Nations-backed report examining the ‘quiet revolution’ towards sustainable urbanization has found. Meeting the rising urban demand for food can increase the incomes of the rural poor, most of […]