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‘Hot Air’ in the Paris Agreement Carbon Markets?

In the face of uncertainty over what many NDCs actually imply for GHG reductions, carbon markets based on the Paris agreement need practical solutions on double counting and additionality

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UNDP and Paris Finance: Finding Pathways to Efficiency

UNDP and Paris Finance: Finding Pathways to Efficiency

We look at how the UN’s development arm is using innovative financing structures to create partnerships between public and private finance targeting implementation of the NDCs

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Tributes Flow in for Pioneer of Green Finance

Tributes Flow in for Pioneer of Green Finance

Tessa Tennant, a pioneer of sustainable investment and co-founder of this website, has died of cancer aged 59. We look at her career and summarise the tributes

GCF in Meltdown

GCF in Meltdown

Amid extraordinary scenes, the GCF’s 20th Board meeting ends with the resignation of its Executive Director, Howard Bamsey. What and where next for the most important climate fund?

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Aggregate to scale

Aggregate to scale

How a ‘covered’ green bond structure could help developing countries meet their NDCs under the Paris Agreement

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Breaking through the “False Dichotomy” of Adaptation vs Development

Of all the topics that generate (generally fruitless) discussion at GCF board meetings, one of the most prominent must be arguments about whether a project is adaptation or … Continue reading Breaking through the “False Dichotomy” of Adaptation vs Development

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  • China has quietly established itself as  “a driver of the European energy transformation”, says the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Investment is outside the formal Belt and Road Initiative, and topped $12 billion in 2017.  Meantime, China continues to fund coal in developing countries, the report says

  • Dublin has been chosen as the hub for the EU funded Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S) network, says Environmental Finance ($$).  FC4S is a group of 18 cities, supported by UNEP, which will seek to promote sustainable finance across 30 financial centres, starting with “[development of] a common European assessment tool for evaluating the climate/sustainability credentials of financial centres against their peers”

  • The Economist [$$ limited free access] says that only 1% of the emissions covered by both taxes and emissions trading schemes fetch more than the $40 per tonne of CO2 that the World Bank considers the absolute minimum needed by 2020 to stay on track for the Paris agreement goals. Some countries are now using ‘fee and dividend’ schemes that not only pay for infrastructure but also redistribute to poorer citizens, making the idea of a tax more “palatable”

  • Monitoring by Ecosystem Marketplace indicates that voluntary carbon markets hit a record high in 2017, with 62.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) of supply and and 42.8 MtCO2e purchased and retired. Market observers believe “regulators could allow offsets produced for the voluntary market to be bought and sold in compliance markets under the Paris Agreement and [aviation mechanisms]”