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  >> With resource use expected to double by 2050, better natural resource use essential for a pollution-free planet
>> UN Environment and BNP Paribas Mobilise USD 10 Billion for Sustainable Projects by 2025
>> Global Covenant of Mayors and World Bank Announce Partnership for Cities Executing Aggressive Climate Action Programs
>> Energy efficiency in Eastern Partnership municipalities discussed at EU regional conference in Belarus



31.12.2017 With resource use expected to do

With resource use expected to double by 2050, better natural resource use essential for a pollution-free planet

 

Source: unenvironment.org, 2017-12-04

Extraction of material resources biomass, fossil fuels and non-metallic minerals from the Earth could reach 88.6 billion tonnes in 2017, or three times that used in 1970, according to estimates from the International Resource Panel.

Since global material resource use is likely to then more than double by 2050 on current trends, the global economy must embrace resource efficiency to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the report says.

With 19 million premature deaths estimated each year due to environmental and infrastructure-related risk factors linked to natural-resource use, the report suggests that better and more efficient extraction and use of natural resources could be one of the most effective, and cost-effective, ways to reduce environmental impacts, including pollution, while at the same time advancing human well-being.

Assessing Global Resource Use was released at the Science-Policy-Business Forum, a preliminary event to the UN Environment Assembly, which runs from 4-6 December at UN Environment headquarters in Nairobi. The assembly unites over 2,000 heads of state, ministers, business leaders, UN officials and civil society representatives to tackle the global menace of pollution.

Read more at:
https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/resource-use-expected-double-2050-better-natural-resource-use


31.12.2017 UN Environment and BNP Paribas M

UN Environment and BNP Paribas Mobilise USD 10 Billion for Sustainable Projects by 2025

 

Source: unfccc.int, 2017-12-12

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and BNP Paribas today signed a milestone agreement at the One Planet Summit to establish Sustainable Finance Facilities, collaborative partnerships aimed at raising development capital to drive sustainable economic growth in emerging countries. UN Environment and BNP Paribas will collaborate to identify suitable commercial projects with measurable environmental and social impact, with a target of capital funding amounting to USD 10 billion by 2025 in developing countries.

The aim is to support smallholder projects related to renewable energy access, agroforestry, water access and responsible agriculture among other sustainable activities. The Sustainable Finance Facilities programme is the first of its kind in terms of collaboration between companies, investors, development sector partners, and civil society organisations, with the support of national governments.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed today between Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and Jean-Laurent Bonnaf, Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas in the presence of French President Macron at the One Planet Summit. This landmark agreement is fully in line with both UN Environments and BNP Paribas commitments to developing meaningful and sustainable projects addressing environmental and social challenges in emerging countries.

This agreement builds on the Tropical Landscapes Financing Facility, a partnership between UN Environment, BNP Paribas, World Agroforestry Centre and ADM Capital in Indonesia.

Read more at:
https://cop23.unfccc.int/news/un-environment-and-bnp-paribas-mobilise-usd-10-billion-for-sustainable-projects-by-2025


31.12.2017 Global Covenant of Mayors and Wo

Global Covenant of Mayors and World Bank Announce Partnership for Cities Executing Aggressive Climate Action Programs

 

Source: worldbank.org, 2017-12-12

During the One Planet Summit in Paris, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and World Bank Group, the worlds largest multilateral development bank, announced a new partnership to provide technical and financial assistance to 150 cities across the world undertaking aggressive climate action programs.

The World Banks investment of $4.5 billion USD will ensure cities battling the increasing threats of climate change have the funding necessary to implement sustainable initiatives and climate resilience programs.

The partnership will help countries leverage the private sector by developing bankable business plans, structuring public-private partnerships to crowd in private sector investment, monetizing increases in land values, and designing and implementing credit enhancement mechanisms to allow commercial financing to cities.

The partnership brings together the largest global alliance of cities committed to tackling climate change with the worlds leading development institution to design and structure climate resilient investments and to catalyze new sources of capital to finance them in cities across the globe.

 

Read more at:

http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2017/12/12/global-covenant-of-mayors-and-world-bank-announce-partnership-for-climate-action


31.12.2017 Energy efficiency in Eastern Par

Energy efficiency in Eastern Partnership municipalities discussed at EU regional conference in Belarus

 

Source: euneighbours.eu, 2017-12-15

The importance of energy efficiency measures for municipalities and existing EU opportunities in this regard were discussed at the regional conference Covenant of Mayors: joint actions in the field of climate and energy on 13-14 December in Minsk, Belarus. The conference welcomed municipalities from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine and was organised by the EU-funded Covenant of Mayors Demonstration Projects programme and Covenant of Mayors East initiative.

According to Christophe Frering, team leader of Covenant of Mayors East, the number of signatory towns for this EU-funded initiative among the Eastern Partnership municipalities increased two times in 2017, which indicates the popularity of energy efficiency and environment actions.

During the two-day conference, the participants discussed the results and achievements of cities and villages that are part of the Covenant of Mayors East initiative. They also analysed the new funding opportunities for energy efficiency projects, especially under the E5P financial instrument.

Read more at:
http://www.euneighbours.eu/en/east/stay-informed/news/energy-efficiency-eastern-partnership-municipalities-discussed-eu-regional

     

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