Clean Energy Policy News

1 August 2017
Commercial landlords in Australia can now access an innovative new way of financing energy and environmental upgrades of their buildings, with Building Upgrade Finance regulations taking effect today, which make it easier for property owners to upgrade existing commercial buildings to lessen their environmental impact. Learn more.
28 July 2017
Proposed legislation in the United States would create a National Green Bank that finances existing and new “green banks” at the state and local levels. Those institutions would follow the funding model first established by the Connecticut Green Bank by merging public funds and private-sector investment for loans to finance clean energy installations at both homes and commercial buildings. Learn more.
28 July 2017
Three recently open energy efficient kindergartens in Kazakhstan are backed by an aid fund provided by Switzerland and administered by the World Bank. They form part of a four-year public-private energy efficiency retrofitting project. The kindergartens are in the city of Aktau and provide 1,500 students and staff with improved heating, water supply and lighting. Learn more.
27 July 2017
three women wearing safety vests and helmets standing in front of wind turbinesIn a recent blog post, Sustainable Energy for All highlighted the Solutions Center’s work with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Through its Ask an Expert service, the Solutions Center worked with ECOWAS to create a legal framework for its recently signed policy directive. The directive requires the 15 ECOWAS countries to include gender assessments in evaluating and approving energy infrastructure projects. Learn more.
19 July 2017
India's top builders have pledged to make at least a fifth of their new housing developments sustainable by 2022, as the country looks to tap sectors other than renewable energy to meet its ambitious climate goals. Learn more.
18 July 2017
Energy experts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) validated and adopted the ECOWAS Directive on Gender Assessments in Energy Projects, during a three-day workshop held from 26 to 28 June 2017 in Accra, Ghana. A groundbreaking achievement for the advancement of women’s human rights in energy development, the Directive aims to ensure that vulnerable and marginalized persons are not excluded as participants in and beneficiaries of energy infrastructure development. Learn more.
18 July 2017
China, the world’s biggest investor in clean energy, is on pace to install record amounts of new solar this year after adding 24 gigawatts of capacity in the first half amid a push by policymakers to locate electricity production near the point where it’s used. Learn more.
18 July 2017
Green bonds issued by Indian companies are gathering pace as the country’s ambitious target for renewable energy fuels interest from investors. Learn more.
10 July 2017
Sweden’s Ambassador to Zambia has signed four contracts with companies offering a variety of rural energy solutions, marking the start of operations of the Power Africa: Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia. The fund, which is financed by the Swedish International Development Agency and managed by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, aims to bring modern energy to one million Zambians and build a foundation for continuing growth of the market. Learn more.
6 July 2017
In this update, IISD reports on the “longest” and the “largest” green bonds issued to date, as well as a wide spectrum of developments on established and emerging mitigation financing models. Learn more.