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  • In a region with immense natural potential for renewable energy, coal is still king. How can Southeast Asia hasten the transition to clean energy? Eco-Business asked the experts.

    Read more: https://www.eco-business.com/news/7-ways-to-speed-up-southeast-asias-switch-to-renewable-energy/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Digest%2004102018&utm_content=Daily%20Digest%2004102018+CID_19c0a2b0cc851bde89e6778b2ccec979&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=7%20ways%20to%20speed%20up%20Southeast%20Asias%20switch%20to%20renewable%20energy
  • This Q&A with WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer originally appeared at World Green Building Council.... What if we saw every building as an opportunity for sustainable development?

    Read more: http://www.wri.org/blog/2018/06/qa-what-future-green-building

  • A new report from five international agencies has concluded that the world is not on track to meet 2030 global energy targets set as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, but that “real progress” is being made and helping to show signs of promise, particularly in expanding electricity access in developing countries and increasing industrial energy efficiency.

    Read more: https://cleantechnica.com/2018/05/04/world-not-on-track-to-meet-global-energy-targets/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29

  • This joint tracking report provides the most comprehensive look available at the world’s progress towards global energy targets on access to electricity, clean cooking, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

    Read more: http://www.irena.org/publications/2018/May/Tracking-SDG7-The-Energy-Progress-Report
  • This working paper by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) considers how renewables and energy efficiency can work together to contribute to global energy decarbonisation by 2050. It also looks and how this synergy affects energy system and technology cost, and the effect it has on air pollution and avoidance of adverse health effects caused by these pollutants. The paper looks in detail at the five largest energy users – China, Germany, India, Japan and the United States – up to 2030. Together, these five countries represent two-thirds of the G20’s primary energy supply and around half of global energy demand. IRENA’s working paper proposes actions to strengthen synergies as a step towards a sustainable and affordable energy future. The annex provides in-depth technical findings for the five countries. The paper also forms parts of IRENA’s global renewable energy roadmap analysis.

    Read more: http://www.irena.org/DocumentDownloads/Publications/IRENA_REmap_Synergies_REEE_2017.pdf

  • This brochure presents examples of good practice from policy implementation, technology development and investment in energy efficiency across different sectors and throughout all 28 Member States.

    Read more: https://ec.europa.eu/energy/sites/ener/files/documents/good_practice_in_ee_-web.pdf

  • Authored by Sven Werner. The purpose with this review is to provide a presentation of the background for the current position for district heating and cooling in the world, with some deeper insights into European conditions. The review structure considers the market, technical, supply, environmental, institutional, and future contexts. The main global conclusions are low utilisation of district heating in buildings, varying implementation rates with respect to countries, moderate commitment to the fundamental idea of district heating, low recognition of possible carbon dioxide emission reductions, and low awareness in general of the district heating and cooling benefits. The cold deliveries from district cooling systems are much smaller than heat deliveries from district heating systems. The European situation can be characterised by higher commitment to the fundamental idea of district heating, lower specific carbon dioxide emissions, and higher awareness of the district heating and cooling benefits. The conclusions obtained from the six contexts analysed show that district heating and cooling systems have strong potentials to be viable heat and cold supply options in a future world. However, more efforts are required for identification, assessment, and implementation of these potentials in order to harvest the global benefits with district heating and cooling.

    Read more: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S036054421730614X

  • This report identifies modern district energy as the most effective approach for many cities to transition to sustainable heating and cooling, by improving energy efficiency and enabling higher shares of renewables. This publication is among the first to provide concrete policy, finance and technology best practice guidance on addressing the heating and cooling sectors in cities through energy efficiency improvements and the integration of renewables. The recommendations have been developed in collaboration with 45 “champion” cities, all of which use modern district energy, and 11 of which have set targets for either carbon neutrality or a 100 per cent renewable energy supply. This report is also the first to consolidate data on the multiple benefits that cities, countries and regions have achieved through the use of modern district energy, in an effort to support evidence-based policy recommendations and to raise awareness of the significance of the heating and cooling sectors, which have been insufficiently addressed in the climate and energy debate.

    Read more: http://districtenergyinitiative.org//report/DistrictEnergyReportBook.pdf

  • IIEC is a non-governmental (NGO), not-for-profit organization, which was established in 1984, to foster the implementation of energy efficiency in developing countries and countries in transition. As an organization with proven technical capabilities, IIEC designs policies, implements programs, and supports institutions that mainstream energy efficiency in the entire value chain of energy systems and use. IIEC’ s approach focuses on implementation, resulting in policies developed in partnership with key policymakers and industry in its target countries as well as the bilateral and multilateral institutions that help to shape energy policy and investment priorities globally.