Green Economy Summit in South Africa

A Green Economy Summit was convened in Sandton from 18-20 May 2010. A draft statement was produced noting the importance of, and committing to, following a less resource intensive growth path. A Green Economy Plan is to be developed by the end of July 2010:-




20 MAY 2010

 “Towards a resource efficient, low carbon and pro- employment growth path”

 We, the South African government, business, civil society and non-governmental organizations’, gathered here at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 18 to 20 May 2010, for the first summit considering the development of a job intensive green economy. Continue reading

‘New approach to green economy needed, says Patel’

South African government has recognised the importance of moving towards a low carbon (green) economy. This will inter alia require job creation and the promotion of sustainable development:-

In order to seize opportunities in the green economy, South Africa needed to adopt a cross-departmental approach, Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel said on Tuesday.

He was speaking at the Green Economy Summit being held over three days in Sandton, Johannesburg. Continue reading

Chatham House report on ‘Scaling up Renewable Energy in Developing Countries’

Scaling up the use of renewable energy is a key plank of building a genuinely low carbon energy system. This is needed to deliver both significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions, greater energy security and resilience to volatile fuel prices, as well as access to modern energy.

Accessing greater finance and investment will be decisive to achieve higher levels of renewable energy (RE) uptake in developing countries. The scale of capital flows required are very significant indicating that private finance from outside national boundaries is likely to be required, alongside domestic sources of capital. Continue reading

ICLEI report on ‘Cities in a Post-2012 Climate Policy Framework’

The economic transformation and land-use change along with the global relocation of industrial activities, is placing many cities in developing countries onto an upward trajectory of total emissions. At the same time, the rate of their development, widespread poverty, lack of infrastructure, pollution, climate and geographical position are placing people and their success as vibrant and competitive cities at increasing risk from environmental change. The trends of these cities are unmatched in human history and pose both challenges and opportunities to re-direct their pathways of growth towards more sustainable  and low carbon urban places.    Continue reading

World Bank and AusAid release report – Winds of Change: East Asia’s sustainable energy future

In light of East Asia’s rapid economic growth and urbanization, accompanied by a large increase in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, this report considers how to move the region towards a ‘sustainable development path’.

‘The key messages of this report are:

  • It is within the reach of East Asia’s governments to maintain economic growth, mitigate climate change, and improve energy security. This study found that large-scale deployment of energy efficiency and low-carbon technologies can simultaneously stabilize East Asia’s CO2 emissions by 2025 and significantly improve the local environment and enhance energy security, without compromising economic growth. Continue reading

Report released – Building a Roadmap for Heat: 2050 scenarios and heat delivery in the UK

In 2008 the UK adopted legally binding targets mandating an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Several scenario modelling exercises have sought to explore how the energy system could meet these new targets whilst minimising costs. These scenarios depict a future energy system with an increased share of electricity in the energy mix due to the electrification of space heating and road transport. In its Low Carbon Transition Plan (DECC 2009), the government has also undertaken to produce ‘route-maps’ towards a decarbonised energy system. If the UK follows a path towards a highly electrified future then we must carefully examine the issues and challenges associated with it. Continue reading

Global Climate Network releases report on Low-Carbon Jobs in an Interconnected World

‘Government action on climate change promises economic opportunity. The language of climate change policy has hitherto been largely negative, with wide use of such words as ‘limitation’, ‘constraint’ and ‘reduction’. However, investing in new technology, stimulating new economic activity around a re-engineering of energy systems and growing new markets – all necessary to avoid climate catastrophe – will stimulate growth and offer new, skilled employment to workers. Continue reading


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