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  • Access to Energy for the Poor: An Asia-Pacific Regional Initiative

    Access to Energy for the Poor: An Asia-Pacific Regional Initiative

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    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Monday, September 1, 2008

    This concept paper addresses the creation of a regional initiative to address challenges of energy access for the poor. The initiative focuses on enhancing financing mechanisms, replicating successes in energy lending, sharing best practices, and promoting innovative financing. The paper also outlines a framework for activities and impact criteria.

  • Promotion of Wind Energy: Lessons Learned from International Experience and United Nations Development Programme Global Environment Facility (UNDP-GEF) Projects

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    Publication
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    Thursday, May 1, 2008

    This report discusses the barriers to global implementation of wind power. Wind power use remains geographically concentrated, with more than 75 per cent of global installed capacity found in just five countries. These countries have implemented various supportive policies covering areas as diverse as tariffs, technical R&D, administrative procedures, or education and communication, and range from direct project subsidies to general awareness raising. This report will break down those policies and discuss how they might be implemented in other countries.

  • Energy Efficiency Policies and Measures (Website)

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    Publication
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    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    This database describes energy efficiency policies and measures in about 90 countries. Information was collected with surveys in about 50 countries and literature reviews in the remaining, which included national energy efficiency plans and other maintained databases.

  • Developing Effective Off-Grid Lighting Policy

    Developing Effective Off-Grid Lighting Policy

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    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Thursday, January 1, 2015

    This report explains how the need for lighting products in places like Africa remains critical, as a large portion of households still have no access to electrical services. The report argues there is strong evidence of the significant benefits of even low levels of electricity access, such as its impact on the effective length of working days, education, safety and access to information. The report offers strategic advice to policymakers within governments and regulatory agencies to accelerate the penetration of efficient off-grid lighting products.

  • Renewables and Energy Storage: A Technology Roadmap for REmap 2030

    Renewables and Energy Storage: A Technology Roadmap for REmap 2030

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    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Monday, June 1, 2015

    The aims of this roadmap is to identify in detail priority areas for action with regard to energy storage, specify activities for international cooperation among different stakeholders and provide a framework to monitor progress. The choices in the roadmap reflect input and feedback gathered from over 150 stakeholders who attended four international IRENA electricity storage policy and regulation workshops in Germany, India and Japan.

  • The State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2014: Standards and the Green Economy

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    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

    This report describes how (1) voluntary sustainability standards have grown rapidly in number and importance in global commodity markets over the past decade and (2) the growth is occurring in parallel with growing recognition of the importance of economic drivers in implementing sustainable development. The report highlights systems and market trends across 16 important standards initiatives operating across 10 key commodity sectors.

  • Narrowing the Emissions Gap: Contributions from Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Activities

    Narrowing the Emissions Gap: Contributions from Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Activities

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    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Thursday, January 1, 2015

    This report UNEP), describes how renewable energy and energy efficiency programs in developing countries contribute to narrowing the “2020 emissions gap”. It provides an analysis of developing countries’ overall renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives, as well as specific projects and case studies that detail their countries’ implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. Findings in this report reveal common challenges in measuring and reporting emissions reductions, including insufficient data and lack of a unified methodology.

  • UNEP LIVE—Our Changing Environment: Place by Place

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    Publication

    This online database features 26 countries in the Asia-Pacific region and 40 years of resource use. It was developed as a result of a three-year science-based consultative process mandated by countries in the region.

  • Global Solar Atlas

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    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Sunday, January 1, 2017

    The World Bank and the International Finance Corporation provide the Global Solar Atlas—in addition to a series of global, regional and country GIS data layers and poster maps—to support the scale-up of solar power in their client countries. The primary aim of the atlas is to provide easy access to solar resource data globally.

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