This guide was developed to help support the policy-making process in countries interested in pursuing a more gender-inclusive energy sector. It is a blueprint based primarily on the experience gained in the development of the first-ever policy on gender mainstreaming for energy access that was adopted in 2017 by Heads of State in ECOWAS Member States. It distills key elements from the ECOWAS process and methodology used by the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) in driving the development and adoption of the policy.
This market report describes how the clean energy transition has come to be driven by emerging markets. This entails significant challenges are large amounts of intermittent energy flood the grid. Despite substantial growth, international political environments prompt some amount of pessimism as nations withdraw from globalism.
The IPCC Low Energy Demand scenario requires significant efficiency gains in the use of energy. This report aims to describe how nations can increase their understanding of efficiency, invest in it and project a vision forward.
This website contains information on more than 800 clean energy policies around the world. It is searchable by policy name, geography, mechanism and status with subsector impacts noted per policy.
These three online courses cover the opportunities and advantages of clean power, the tools needed to build a global low-carbon power sector and the challenges and solutions of the energy transition. Available online through EdX, the courses are free and part of a professional certificate programme. Each course should take approximately 2–5 hours per week, spread over 5–6 weeks.
This course, which is is designed for interested participants from governments, financial sector, businesses and civil society teaches the basics of sustainable finance and provides opportunities to dive deeper.
Advancing Gender in the Environment: Gender-responsive Geothermal Generation: Powering Energy and Social Benefits in El Salvador
This case study highlights the various ways in which LaGeo—a geothermal energy utility in El Salvador—developed strategies throughout its corporate mission and operations to adhere to national laws on gender equality and national development goals, resulting in environmental, social, and women’s empowerment outcomes as well as positive impacts on business outcomes. The case study also shows how utilities can increase gender equality and promote women’s empowerment through institutional policies by examining management structures and applying corporate social responsibility (CSR).
India’s deployment of wind and solar surged has surged in recent years thanks to government targets and cost declines that have made variable renewable sources competitive with coal capacity. But without policy intervention and new market design, India’s clean electricity future may struggle to achieve its potential, according to the authors of this report. They explore how India’s ambitious targets may be met through an integrated approach to flexibility that combines demand management, adaptation of dispatchable fleet and energy storage technologies.
To emerge from its deep recession, Brazil urgently needs to develop strategies and policies that promote growth and reduce poverty, according to the authors of this report. At the same time, the nation’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) within the Paris Agreement represents an ambitious commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. The authors present evidence for policymakers and stakeholder as they look at three sectors that are critical to creating a greener future for the nation: land use, energy and transportation.
This report explores the state of finance for climate adaptation. And it proposes practical near-term solutions to both fill knowledge gaps and increase investment, particularly in developing countries. The authors identify context, business model, and internal capacity barriers to adaptation measures. And they advocate for increasing demand for adaptation services, scaling-up of service providers and derisking adaptation investment.
This report contains the input of stakeholders from the gas, telecommunications and aviation industries about the characteristics of an effective process for developing industry standards and codes of practice. These discussions suggested two important features: (1) regulatory oversight and (2) active and informed representation of different interests. The authors identify actions that can be taken to improve the interconnection process.
The Plug and Play project aimed to identify and drive the implementation of institutional and policy solutions to make grid connections for existing and emerging technologies as straightforward and cost effective as possible for customers and proponents while safeguarding electricity supply. This report outlines the findings from the first stage of the project, in which the authors looked at (1) the current connection requirements and processes and (2) the barriers and unnecessary costs they impose on the connection of low-emission technologies to the electricity network.
This summary of Plug & Play 2: Enabling Distributed Generation Through Effective Grid Connection Standards reviews the input of stakeholders from the gas, telecommunications and aviation industries about the characteristics of an effective process for developing industry standards and codes of practice for grid interconnections.
The October 2018 IPCC report found the Low Energy Demand scenario delivered the fastest results in combatting climate change. This document highlights IPEEC efforts to educate, identify opportunities, and coordinate policy actors to effect efficiency gains. The authors emphasize the organizations through which aspects of this effort are undertaken.
This website is intended to help commercial and industrial companies develop low-carbon microgrids. It serves as a “a living library: where companies can browse and submit existing project examples.
Deliverable 4.4 of the MUSTEC Project: Potential Obstacles to the Use of Cooperation Mechanisms for CSP in the Future
This report provides an integrated analytical framework to identify the drivers and barriers to the use of cooperation mechanisms for deployment of concentrating solar photovoltaics (CSP). The authors empirically identify those drivers and barriers to the use of those mechanisms in the future with the help of a literature review, and they rank the drivers and barriers according to the views of different types of stakeholders.
The document is an adaptation of the 2018 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code. It is meant to specifically meet the needs of the Caribbean and other countries in tropical environments. It establishes minimum energy efficiency requirements for buildings using prescriptive and performance-related provisions inclusive of building envelope, cooling system, ventilation, pumping, lighting and the service water-heating systems in buildings. The technical requirements of this code are the product of regional and international expertise.
This study analyzed the capital costs of large solar photovoltaic, wind and hydro generation projects built in the Pacific over the past decade. According to the authors, a large range of project costs for renewable generation projects in the Pacific is due to a variety of factors, including remoteness, scale, local capacity, perceptions of risk, design parameters and any upgrades for existing infrastructure included in the project scope. And there are numerous challenges in obtaining cost breakdown data and making like-with-like comparisons.
This publication is the product of a carbon dioxide capture and storage stakeholder process convened by the World Resources Institute (WRI) in 2009. It draws on and adapts WRI’s research on community engagement by extractive industries in developing countries. The document provides principles for engagement, including (1) understand the local community context, (2) exchange information about the project, (3) identify an appropriate level of engagement, (4) discuss risks and benefits, and (5) continue the engagement over time.
This presentation represents the outcome of regional meetings in which international stakeholders were asked to convey their carbon capture and storage (CCS) experiences via a survey. Common themes from the survey include the importance of sustained political support; the importance of CCS awareness for financing; and the need for ongoing research, development, and demonstration. Considerations and recommendations specific to the European and American regions are included.
6th Meeting of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) Ministers: Moving Beyond the First Wave of CCS Demonstrations
This communique reports on a 2015 meeting of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum that focused on moving beyond carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstrations and towards deployment. The communique commends the progress made since 2013, including R&D expansion, greater collaboration, initiation of operations at the world's first large-scale power sector CCS project and the number of new projects in development.
This report reflects the consensus of two workshops organized by the IEA in 2011 and attended by the geological surveys of Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States, together with the IEA. At these workshops, the need for a common procedure was identified to allow for a transparent and robust assessment of geologic CO2 storage resources throughout the world and across geologic settings, regardless of the amount of available geologic data.
These guidelines complement U.S. federal and state level regulations by harnessing the insights of over 80 World Resources Institute-selected stakeholders to examine, describe and explain best practices for the implementing specific carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. The guidelines provide a set of practical considerations for demonstrating and deploying CCS technologies.
Report on CSLF Task Force 6 on Reviewing Best Practices and Standards for Geologic Storage and Monitoring of CO2
This report surveys standards under CSA: Z741-12 ("Geological storage of carbon dioxide"); ISO/TC265 ("Carbon dioxide capture, transportation, and geological storage"); national and international guidelines; and various best practice manuals pertinent to the field. The report compares the standards to the following factors: planning/pre-feasibility, site screening/selection, simulation and modeling, construction/integrity, operation, closure, monitoring and verification, and risk management/assessment.
This online resource library of diverse national labs, universities and corporations includes a section on standards relevant to carbon storage.
ISO Standards Catalogue: ISO/TC 265 (Carbon Dioxide Capture, Transportation, and Geological Storage)
This online resource library concentrates on carbon capture and storage standards under ISO/TC265 (“carbon dioxide capture, transportation, and geological storage”). Resources are sorted by technical code and international harmonized stage code. Summaries of resources are provided along with purchase prices in Swiss francs.
Recognizing that addressing legal liability issues is a critical step to enable financing in the carbon capture and storage (CCS) arena, the authors of this report focus on storage, which according to them is where the most distinctive liability challenges lie. The report is intended to highlight key themes in the design of legal liability regimes for CCS and uses as case examples of three jurisdictions within the common law tradition: the State of Victoria, Australia; the Province of Alberta, Canada; and the United Kingdom.
This review aims to help countries develop their own regulatory frameworks. It provides documentation and analysis of recent carbon capture and storage (CCS) legal and regulatory developments from around the world with the goal of highlighting safe and environmentally responsible CCS deployment and demonstration approaches. It gathers contributions by national, regional, state and provincial governments at all stages of CCS regulatory development. This edition of the report focuses on permitting of projects that have built on already established frameworks and experience.
This IEAGHG-commissioned study collates information from the public domain on existing CO2 pipelines into a comprehensive reference document, discusses the similarities and differences between CO2 and other pipelines and provides lessons learned to support developers, decision makers, regulators and governmental bodies that do not regularly work with engineering calculations or cost estimates.
Based on a review of relevant literature, the authors of this report examine existing carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects and consider future opportunities by identifying gaps, risks and challenges faced by regions that are developing CCS clusters. As part of the review, the authors compares CCS business models.
This database provides access to a variety of publications about the state of carbon capture and storage. Databases entries are broken down into discrete repositories. The data and knowledge repository contains information on CCS facilities, status reports, research, reports and analysis, and publications. The analysis repository contains policy analysis, market analysis, economic analysis, financial analysis and technology analysis. The strategy repository offers legal and regulatory framework assessment and design, policy advice and order of magnitude prefeasibility studies.
This paper describes Phase I of the World Bank Group’s technical assistance project for the development of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) in Mexico. Phase I, which was concluded in 2016, saw the completion of three studies: (1) a pre-feasibility study of a proposed post-combustion capture plant, (2) a review of state-of-the-art practices for combining carbon dioxide-enhanced oil recovery with geological storage of CO2 and (3) a study of the development of a CCUS regulatory framework.
The authors of this feasibility study aim to identify at least one technically feasible CCS chain (capture, transport and storage) and its cost estimates. This study evaluated the efforts of three companies operating in the cement, ammonia and energy recovery sectors, as well as three storage sites on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The results demonstrate the feasibility of CO2 transport by ship from multiple sources to a single storage hub, which supports the notion that an initial investment in CO2 infrastructure can benefit several CO2 capture projects.
As of this report's writing, while carbon capture and storage (CCS) has experienced growth in various markets, there have been no commercially financed CCS projects. The authors of this report explore why that is the case and what would be required to foster bank-financed CCS projects. They explore the role of export credit agencies, multilaterals, commercial banks and other sources of finance within the CCS industry as well as the unique requirements of each. They conclude that successful demonstration projects can provide momentum to kick-start the young market.
This report notes that there is lower investment in carbon capture and storage (CCS) than in renewable energy technologies, and that there is a need to mobilize private sector investment to close this gap.
Roadmap for Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration and Deployment In the People's Republic of China
The People's Republic of China's 13th Five Year Plan is characterized by a shift from intensive growth to an increased focus on efficiency and long-term sustainability. Lacking a national plan for carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration and deployment, China partnered with the Asian Development Bank to produce this road map, which outlines the technical, legal, policy, financial and public engagement solutions needed to move CCS to full-scale commercialization.
This road map describes progress in carbon capture and storage (CCS) since the issuance of the 2009 version of the road map. The present road map makes the case that CCS is critical to combating climate change, deployment modalities will improve through experience, incentives and regulations are a determinative factor in deployment success, CCS needs to be deployed beyond the power sector, non-OECD countries require the greatest deployment of CCS and the present decade is critical to effectively deploying CCS as part of a strategy to combat climate change.
This road map sets out to answer three questions within the context of the power generation and industrial sectors: (1) What is the current status of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology and deployment, particularly in CSLF member countries? (2) Where should CCS be by 2020 and beyond? (3) What is needed to get from Point A to Point B while also addressing the different circumstances of developed and developing countries?
This road map provides recommendations to Ministers of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) member countries on technology developments that are required to facilitate the development and deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. It focuses on collaborative efforts that address key technical, economic and environmental obstacles.
Communiqué of the 7th Ministerial Meeting of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum: 6 December 2017: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Advancing the Business Case for CCUS
This communique reports on the 6 December 2017 meeting of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum. The meeting focused on expanding and strengthening the business case for carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) around the world.
The authors of tis report argue it is impossible to economically meet Paris Climate Accord targets and minimize climate change without developing and using carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. Estimates of storage capacity are provided in order to demonstrate the practicality of using CCS to meet CO2 reduction targets. A history of international progress in the implementation of CCS technologies and supporting policies provides background for a discussion of national policies.
This brochure introduces the Asian Development Bank's Clean Energy Program, which seeks advances in regional energy security, the transition to a low-carbon energy economy and the alleviation of energy poverty. The program pursues these goals by supporting energy efficiency, renewable energy deployment and energy access for the poor. The brochure outlines the program's history, key projects and finance mechanism with a focus on efforts to aggregate markets, facilitate technology transfer and deployment, innovatively finance and build regional partnerships.
This summary follows the structure of the longer AR5 Climate Change 2014 report, which addresses the following topics: observed changes and their causes; future climate change, risks and impacts; future pathways for adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development; and adaptation and mitigation. In this report, the certainty in key assessment findings is communicated as in the Working Group Reports and Special Reports.
This commentary argues the perspective that the U.S. Budget Bill passed by the House and Senate in mid-February 2018 will shape funding for energy technologies for the next decade. Alongside the extension of renewable tax credits and credits for energy efficiency, nuclear and fuel cells, the bill contains a provision that could provide the first significant stimulus to the global status of carbon capture for several years, according to the commentary.