Clean Energy Policy News

11 December 2012
The Clean Energy Ministerial announced that CEM4, the annual ministerial-level clean energy forum, will be 17-18 April 2013. Ministers from more than 20 participating countries will gather to discuss progress made by the Clean Energy Ministerial's 13 clean energy initiatives, explore ways to enhance collaboration between participating governments, and develop strategies to drive public-private engagement to support clean energy deployment. Learn more.
27 November 2012
At the UN Climate Conference in Doha (COP 18), the Solutions Center and the ClimateWorks Foundation will co-host a clean energy policy best-practices side event. Clean energy policy information (country policy data, policy and incentives databases) and tools (interactive resource maps, no-cost virtual expert assistance) will be shared. ClimateWorks will highlight two reports from its “Policies that Work” series, which provides an analytical framework to help government leaders evaluate proposed policies in terms of their economic benefits and effectiveness in reducing GHG emissions. The Collaborative Labeling & Appliance Standards Program and the International Council on Clean Transportation) will showcase their work on appliance efficiency and transport, respectively. Learn more.
12 November 2012
Drawing on the latest data and policy developments, the 2012 edition of the World Energy Outlook presents analytical insights into trends in energy markets and what they mean for energy security, environmental protection and economic development. Learn more.
9 November 2012
According to 75% of estate and construction executives surveyed in the European Union, India, China and the United States, energy efficiency legislation benefits the building sector. More than a third of respondents to an Economist Intelligence Unit’s survey commissioned by the Global Buildings Performance Network, say a lack of enforcement of existing regulations is a leading obstacle to investments in efficiency Learn more.
31 August 2012
The Climate Finance Innovation Facility (CFIF), a programme of the Frankfurt School - UNEP Collaboration Centre, issued its third call for proposals to fund innovative financial product development activities in developing countries. CFIF aims to provide technical assistance and funding for the development of climate focused financial products and services in order to spur development in renewable energy and energy efficiency. To apply, submit a concept note by 30 September 2012. Learn more.
30 August 2012
According to a recent Bloomberg report, India may accelerate its plan to auction three gigawatts of solar photovoltaic power generation by auctioning 1 gigawatt in the current fiscal year. Learn more.
15 August 2012
The Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP) has released an interactive database of industrial energy efficiency technologies and measures to help companies boost their competitiveness and create environmental benefits. Learn more.
15 August 2012
The Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP) has launched two new databases that provide easy access to information on industrial energy efficiency and financing programs. Learn more.
6 August 2012
The Polish Ministry of the Economy presented a draft version of the country's new renewable energy law on 27 July 2012. While leaving intact the preexisting quota system with green certificates - the country's main renewable energy support scheme - the proposed law modifies the number of green certificates per MWh depending on the technology. The law also introduces a feed-in tariff for small-scale renewables and aims to simplify renewable electricity connection. According to a statement from RES LEGAL, an EU-27 renewable energy law database, if the proposed law passes through two committees and Parliament, it will likely go into effect at the beginning of 2013. Learn more.
2 August 2012
The Stockholm Environment Institute released a major upgrade to its Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) software tool on 29 July. By integrating LEAP with the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) system, the new version can now model the water-energy nexus. Other new features include improved optimization modeling, better modeling of environmental externalities, and other features. LEAP is a versatile software system for integrated energy planning and greenhouse gas mitigation assessment. The Stockholm Environment Institute provides governments, universities, and nonprofits in the developing countries, as well as students everywhere, free access to the program. Other interested entities can gain access by purchasing a licensing agreement. Learn more.