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Report Reveals G20 Support for Fossil Fuels and Lack of Green Recovery Commitments

A new report by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) tracks G20 countries’ progress in ending government support to fossil fuels and reveals large public money commitments for fossil fuel-intensive sectors in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The report Doubling Back and Doubling Down: G20 Scorecard on Fossil Fuel Funding was developed together with...Read more »

UK Plans to Issue First Green Bond and Require Climate Risk Disclosure

On November 9, 2020, the British Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled green finance plans, proposing to issue the United Kingdom’s first sovereign green bond in 2021 and make climate risk disclosure mandatory for listed major companies from 2025. In a statement to parliament, Sunak said about the green bonds: “This will be the first in a...Read more »

Clean Energy Transition: Iberdrola unveils EUR 75 billion investment plan

Iberdrola launched a new investment plan worth EUR 75 billion for the period 2020 to 2025. The Spanish multinational electric utility company aims to take advantage of the opportunities created by the clean energy transition and support global efforts for a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Major parts of the investments will go toward...Read more »

Eastern Caribbean States Embrace Sustainable Public Procurement for Green Recovery

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a new project that aims to foster sustainable public procurement processes in the region. The project will support the development of sustainable public procurement frameworks and tools, while also building capacity in this field. A focus will be on the...Read more »

New Initiative Launched to Restore Nature Across England

On November 5, 2020, an England-wide nature restoration initiative was launched. It aims to tackle biodiversity loss and climate change, and to help people reconnect with the natural world. Led by Natural England, the Nature Recovery Network (NRN) Delivery Partnership brings together representatives from over 600 organizations, such as RSPB, Wildlife and Countryside Link, and...Read more »

UK Government Allots GBP 134 Million to Green Businesses

The Government of the United Kingdom announced GBP 134 million in cleantech funding on November 4, 2020. The investments are part of the country’s green recovery efforts and aim to help clean growth projects develop new technologies, create new jobs, drive productivity, and tackle climate change.  The GBP 134 million comes from the United Kingdom’s Sustainable...Read more »

South Africa and WRI Collaborate for Green, Equitable Urban Recovery

On October 30, 2020, the South Africa National Department for Cooperative Governance, World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and the Coalition for Urban Transitions announced a new partnership. It will support a green, resilient, and equitable COVID-19 recovery for cities in South Africa while focusing on implementing the country’s Integrated Urban Development...Read more »

WFP and Kenyan Government Launch Food Support Program for Families

On October 30, 2020, The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced that it would collaborate with the Kenyan government to offer aid to over 24,000 families affected by the pandemic in Mombasa and Nairobi counties. This aid program receives contributions from US AID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance. Before the lockdowns caused by COVID-19, Mombasa...Read more »

Scotland to Scale Up Offshore Wind Capacity

On October 28, 2020, the Scottish government released its Offshore Wind Policy Statement. The statement indicates that, in a green recovery effort, Scotland plans to scale up its wind energy generation capacity. The government intends to install hundreds of wind turbines off its coast, which will generate clean energy for more than 8 million homes....Read more »

Nordic Countries Back Institutional Investments in Green Recovery

On October 28, Nordic Prime Ministers announced their intention to encourage institutional investors to scale up green finance and investments. In a joint declaration, the Prime Ministers underlined that Nordic countries could and should take the lead on green recovery, pointed to the urgency of mobilizing private green investments, and stressed the interdependency of the...Read more »