The energy, water, and climate 'win-win-win-win' solution

What normally comes to mind when thinking about the nexus between energy, water and climate change?  Probably things like energy-efficient water pumps, solar panels for water purification, or methane recovery in wastewater treatment plants - all routinely discussed in conferences and seminars around the world, and featured in the scientific literature grappling with climate change mitigation and water scarcity issues.

martes, 20 de enero de 2015/Author: Filippo Berardi/Number of views (15816)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

International climate finance: the role of the MIF

October 27

The Copenhagen and Cancun accords of 2009-10 represent key milestones in the international discussion on climate finance, as they set quantitative targets for the volume of financial resources developed countries will need to make available to fund the needed shift to a lower carbon economy. With those agreements, developed countries jointly committed to mobilize 30bn in ‘fast-start’ finance for the three year period 2010 to 2012, and 100bn/year thereafter, to finance climate mitigation and adaptation actions in developing countries. With the period to pledge fast-start finance now closed, and as advanced economies start focusing on how to mobilize $100bn/year by 2020, we at the MIF have been working to ensure that finite resources are spent in an effective, yet timely, manner.

jueves, 2 de mayo de 2013/Author: Filippo Berardi/Number of views (11179)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Where innovation pays off: Helping low-income Haitians access environmentally-friendly energy products

In April 2011, the MIF approved a pilot project to improve low-income Haitians’ access to environmentally-friendly electricity by using remittances to buy sustainable energy products. The project, “Remittances as a source of end-user finance for sustainable energy”, is the result of a partnership with Arc Finance, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, the Basel Agency for Sustainable Development (BASE), and FoodExpress/SogeXpress, companies based in the US and Haiti. The project is testing an innovative remittance transfer model, where the clients use remittances to buy energy products: members of the Haitian diaspora living in the US can directly purchase low-cost and energy-efficient products to send to Haiti, with SogeXpress, the local Haitian partner, delivering the products in Haiti, also directly benefiting from capacity building and strengthening of the business model. This is a model that has not yet been tested anywhere else in the world, and is a path breaking initiative. The MIF has clear added value in this project given its great knowledge of remittances and access foci on climate change, energy access, payments and transfers, and Haiti.

lunes, 19 de noviembre de 2012/Author: Nara Meli/Number of views (17471)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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