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15 July 2015

PwC Green Bonds Investor Round Table

Our recent roundtable brought together investors to find out what they need in order to be able to invest in the new and growing market of Green Bonds (bonds that raise funds for new and existing projects which deliver environmental benefits), and to understand what might be holding them back...

24 June 2015

China needs big strides to achieve its intensity target

China is expected to announce its emissions target or INDC later this month, so Jonathan Grant and Rob Milnes reflect on the progress it has made since 2000 to lower the carbon intensity of its economy. Rapid GDP growth has flattered China’s carbon intensity and it is now looking to...

15 June 2015

UN Climate Negotiations - Frustration in Bonn

Jonathan Grant gives an overview of progress at the Bonn Climate negotiations, and where the Road to Paris 2015 goes from here. Governments spent two weeks trying to slim down the 80-plus page negotiating document. There was little progress with the basic editing and even less on substance. But officials...

11 June 2015

Bonn - red pens at the ready, but progress probably has been made.

Jonathan Grant gives his initial thoughts on the close of the climate talks in Bonn. There was little progress on paper but the political negotiations have probably advanced further than the text shows. Now the negotiating document needs to catch up, so countries have asked the co-chairs to cut the...

09 June 2015

Comparing the G7 and UN talks on climate change

Jonathan Grant examines the significance of the G7 pledges in the context of the Bonn climate negotiations, as we edge slowly towards a global climate deal in Paris. It's encouraging that there has been so much emphasis on climate change at the G7 meeting. The G7 call for an ambitious...

08 June 2015

Japan’s 26% emissions target: as ambitious as the US and EU?

Japan’s Prime Minister Abe announced their emissions target last week commenting that it was as ambitious as other national targets. Jonathan Grant and George Gale compared their target with the EU and US. Japan will reduce emissions by 26% on 2013 levels by 2030 [1]. Nuclear power is an important...

05 June 2015

Beating the heat in India

By Charlotte Finlay It's starting to feel like summer in London, the grey coats are coming off, sunglasses are coming out and the umbrellas are being cautiously stored away. Whilst we enjoy the sunshine here in the UK, India has been suffering from one of the worst heat waves in...

29 May 2015

Bonn preview: hesitation, repetition and deviation

Governments meet in Bonn at the beginning of June for the next round of formal climate negotiations. Jonathan Grant gives a preview. They will start where they left off in Geneva in February with an 84-page text that is a long wish list containing nearly all possible options for the...

27 May 2015

Market sentiment is on the up at Carbon Expo

By Sam Unsworth The positive sentiment captured in IETA’s GHG market sentiment survey was tangible at the first day of Carbon Expo in Barcelona, notes Sam Unsworth who worked with IETA on the report. IETA President Dirk Forrister expressed this during the opening ceremony this morning. He likened the inspiration...

22 May 2015

Mexico leads. Will others follow?

Since it successfully managed the post-Copenhagen salvage operation at COP16, Mexico has made great strides in implementing climate policy. It has had less success in reducing its carbon intensity. So the emissions target Mexico proposed earlier this year appears really ambitious and implies a significant shift in policy and regulation...