Beyond the Gap: How Countries Can Afford The Infrastructure They Need While Protecting The Planet
Low-carbon infrastructure doesn’t have to cost more than more-polluting alternatives, shows new report from the World Bank.
“Our analysis clearly shows that developing countries can build the climate-smart infrastructure they need by spending around 4.5% of GDP. The good news is this is close to what countries already spend,” said Kristalina Georgieva, Interim President of the World Bank Group. She continued, “With the right choices, infrastructure can be built that helps achieve globally agreed emissions targets. The focus must be on smarter and more resilient investments, not necessarily more money.”
UN Environment has released “Frontiers 2018/19: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern.” The report consolidates and analyses five key issues that will have profound effects on society, economy and environment: synthetic biology and re-engineering the environment; fragmentation of wild landscapes and implications for biodiversity; permafrost peatlands; nitrogen pollution and the need to create a circular nitrogen economy; and maladaptation to climate change.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has released “The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture”. The report provides an assessment of biodiversity for food and agriculture and its management worldwide, based on information provided by 91 countries and the analysis of the latest global data. The report describes the contributions that biodiversity makes to the resilience of production systems, ecosystem services, and the sustainable intensification of food production, as well as the drivers of change affecting biodiversity; the state of management of biodiversity; and the state of policies, institutions and capacities that support the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity for food and agriculture.
GGGI has released the “G20 Background Paper: Green Growth To Achieve the Paris Agreement”. The report reviews experience with the development of national green growth plans, NDC action plans and roadmaps, and low-emission development strategies in the organisation’s 30 member countries. It then evaluates experience related to the financing and implementation of these green growth plans, focusing on high-priority areas, including renewable energy, electrification of transportation, green buildings and infrastructure, and green jobs. Drawing from this experience, the report makes a set of recommendations for climate-compatible green growth in G20 countries.