How to reduce CO2 emissions and poverty – in Mexico, Thailand and South Africa?

Researchers from five countries – Germany, Italy, Mexico, Thailand and South Africa – started off a new project on the question of how to reduce emissions and poverty at the same time. In freezing Hamburg, researchers from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, the National Institute of Development Administration, the Public Policy Studies Institute at the University of Chiang Mai, the Energy Research Centre at the University of Cape Town, the Fundazione Eni Enrique Mattei and the German Institute for Global… Read moreHow to reduce CO2 emissions and poverty – in Mexico, Thailand and South Africa?

On the Future of REDD+ and the Carbon Market, by David Ellison

Our guest author is David Ellison, Senior Researcher & LULUCF Specialist (Institute for World Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences), who joined us as an external expert at the LULUCF lab MAPS held in Iquitos, Peru from the 25th to the 27th of September 2012. Within the Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) programme, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and South Africa are considering the potential role of forests in their overall climate change mitigation action plans. The most recent MAPS meeting addressing the role of… Read moreOn the Future of REDD+ and the Carbon Market, by David Ellison

Made in Brazil?

Brazilians love their flag, which successfully works as a label for products made in Brazil. Rubber sandals, beach towels, coffee cups, sports gear, caipirinha shots… Almost everything sells better with a Brazilian tag on it. Does this include wind turbines? Localization in the renewable energy industries is a hot topic in Brazil at the moment. The Brazilian government requests 60% of local content in the wind turbine installations to incentivize local manufacturing. Since 2009, these requirements apply for those companies… Read moreMade in Brazil?

Rio+20: A story of elephants & a rat

The Rio +20 summit came to an end without much suspense in the negotiations. The participating nations agreed on a 52 paged document, which restated the challenge and postponed major decisions into 2015. The past twenty years have made the results of the 1992 summit more significant than they were at the time. During this summit, the world’s nations recognized the sustainable development challenge for the first time, and that they need to tackle this problem collectively. The climate and… Read moreRio+20: A story of elephants & a rat

Mitigation actions and poverty

…were worth a lot of thoughts at the MAPS side event at the OASIS today. Five authors from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and South Africa presented their main findings on research papers that were launched at www.mapsprogramme.org today. Stef Raubenheimer asked the authors about the main motivations for mitigation actions in their countries. Emilio la Rovere from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro started of with the key message that development comes first. The other panelist responded to the… Read moreMitigation actions and poverty

Variable cloudiness? South Africa and the COP 17

Climate change mobilizes South Africa’s people at the moment more than usual. The Conference of the Parties (COP) in Durban starts next week. Conferences and events on climate change, green cities and low carbon development are raising consciousness and provoking discussions all over the country. Excitement is huge about this big event that the country will host for the first time. South Africa successfully hosted the soccer World Cup in 2010, proving its capacity to deal with the logistics for… Read moreVariable cloudiness? South Africa and the COP 17