Observing, Analysing, Acting - for Global Equity and the Preservation of Livelihoods

We actively promote North-South equity and the preservation of livelihoods. We observe, analyse and act. In doing so, we focus on the politics and economics of the North with their worldwide consequences.
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What to expect of India's INDC in comparison to the EU's climate contribution?

By end September 2015 most countries will submit their climate contributions (INDCs) for the new climate agreement to be adopted in Paris this December. The EU has already announced its contribution of at least 40 percent emission reduction by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. In India, the preparations for the INDC have been finalized, too. What is expected of the Indian INDC? What would be equitable? >> mehr
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Energy and development: exploring the local livelihood dimension of the Noor I CSP project in Southern Morocco

This study conducted by Germanwatch and the Wuppertal Institute explores how the social pillar of sustainability at the local level could be met in low-carbon energy projects. For this purpose, it evaluates the livelihood dimension of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technology based on a case study conducted on the 160 MW pilot CSP plant Noor I in Ouarzazate, Morocco. >> mehr
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Climate Finance Advisory Service (CFAS): Daily Briefings from the 10th Green Climate Fund Board Meeting

6th to 9th July 2015 in Songdo (South Korea)

The Daily Briefings - produced at key meetings and negotiations by the Climate Finance Advisory Service (CFAS) expert team - try to provide a concise, informative update on key discussions that have taken place at each day of the meeting and give an overview of substantive points of action or progress. Please note that these are independent summaries by CFAS and not officially mandated by the GCF Board or Secretariat. >> mehr
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Morocco's INDC - A leading climate action commitment from the Arab region

A new wave of climate leadership is coming from the African continent. On 5 June, Morocco became the third African nation, following Ethiopia and Gabon, to submit its climate action commitment (or Intended Nationally Determined Contribution - INDC). With its timely submission, the host of the upcoming UN climate summit in 2016 also is the first Arab country to put forward its plan to transition its economy from fossil fuels to renewable energy. This is an important step towards the new global climate agreement, due to be signed in Paris this December. >> mehr
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Climate Finance Advisory Service (CFAS): Daily Briefings from the 10th Standing Committee on Finance Meeting

12th to 13th June 2015

This is the Climate Finance Advisory Service (CFAS) Daily Briefing. Produced at key meetings and negotiations by the CFAS expert team, the Daily Briefings try to provide a concise, informative update on key discussions that have taken place at each day of the meeting and give an overview of substantive points of action or progress. Please note that this is an independent summary by CFAS and not officially mandated by the SCF. >> mehr
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The G7 Summit in Elmau

Goals, Frictions, and Background Information in the Area of Climate Change

At the G7 summit in Elmau on 7 and 8 June 2015, the most important and affluent industrial nations will discuss how to facilitate the adoption of a new global climate change treaty. This white paper illuminates key background issues in the run up to the summit. It also identifies three signals that must be sent by the summit to underscore the commitment of industrial nations to preventing catastrophic climate change. >> mehr
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5. June 2015

G7 leaders have a chance to create climate of confidence on energy transition

G7 Summit: NGOs to leaders

On the eve of the G7 Summit in Elmau, Germany, NGOs from all seven member countries call on their leaders to send a strong signal that the era of fossil fuels is over. As the world's largest industrialised countries, the G7 have a global responsibility to go further and faster to address climate change through rapid decarbonisation of their economies and providing support to the poorest. >> mehr
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Good neighbours

A development policy perspective on community acceptance and procedural justice in the context of utility-scale renewable energy

Simply because utility-scale renewable energy (RE) projects substitute for fossil fuel plants does not per se imply that they will result in sustainable, equitable or even pro-poor development outcomes in the environments in which they are embedded and on the people they serve... >> mehr
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Streamlined Accreditation for Small National Implementing Entities

Report on the 25th meeting of the Adaption Fund Board

From April 9–10 2014, the 25th meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB), the operating body of the Adaptation Fund established under the Kyoto Protocol, was held in Bonn, Germany. Two days prior to the meeting, the members of the two committees of the board, the Ethics and Finance Committee (EFC) and the Project and Programme Review Committee (PPRC) met for their 16th meeting respectively, to prepare specific recommendations for the AFB, along the mandate that has been assigned to them. >> mehr
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Public Participation and Transparency in Power Grid Planning: Recommendations from the BESTGRID Project

Handbook – Part 1

This handbook by Germanwatch highlights new approaches that have been tested by the partners of the European BESTGRID project. Within BESTGRID, Transmission system operators from Belgium, the UK, Italy and Germany have closely cooperated with national and regional non-governmental organisations. Germanwatch has been following the jointly developed good-practice approaches to early and transparent power grid planning and has compiled its findings in this handbook. >> mehr

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The Climate Change Performance Index 2015

The Bill | short film

Short about the CO2 intensive lifestyle of a metropolitan. Directed by Peter Wedel with Benno Fürmann.

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