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Cities and the new climate economy

On February 24, 2015, in Infrastructure, Sustainability Metrics, by Joe Nyangon
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To overcome market, policy and institutional barriers to low-carbon growth, cities should harness three fundamental drivers of change, notably raise resource efficiency, invest in infrastructure and stimulate innovation in new business models, technologies, business models and social-technical innovations and practices to advance both growth and emissions reduction.

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Impacts of shale boom in the U.S. and beyond

On January 27, 2015, in Electricity & Natural Gas Markets, by Joe Nyangon
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The unconventional oil and gas boom has shaken up energy markets in the U.S. and beyond. Across many American states, the energy sector is experiencing a number of changes far larger than in its history including improvements in policies, business models, technologies, and investment options to make energy cleaner, more plentiful and diversified, cheaper to store and capable of handling increased demand more intelligently.

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New coal-fired power plants face financing blow

On November 13, 2014, in Renewable Energy Markets, by Joe Nyangon
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A new paper strategy by the World Bank Group sets a new direction for energy sector investments focusing on expanding energy access and sustainable energy. Along with expanding access to energy, the Energy Sector Directions Paper focuses on accelerating energy efficiency and renewable energy development as per the Sustainable Energy for All initiative’s 2030 goal […]

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The power of big data in a networked world

On September 24, 2013, in Sustainability Metrics, by Joe Nyangon
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David Rogers, Executive Director of BRITE conference, which stands for brands, innovation and technology, hosted by the Center on Global Brand Leadership at Columbia Business School, discusses the challenges and promise of big data and how companies can master it to drive innovation and generate customer insight.

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Financing the global green energy transformation

On August 3, 2013, in Project Finance, by Joe Nyangon
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Talk by Jochen Harnisch, division head of the competence center environment and climate at KFW, at Stanford‘s Precourt Institute for Energy on financing required for global green energy transformation. KFW is the development bank of Germany and Dr. Harnisch coordinates strategy and product development for climate protection and adaptation to climate change in developing and industrializing countries.

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Fostering low-carbon growth

On April 11, 2013, in Sustainability Metrics, by Joe Nyangon
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Here’s a great video of a speech delivered by Lord Nicholas Stern and sponsored by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Resources Institute (WRI). Lord Stern, who is the chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, explained how climate risks have changed six […]

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The realities of stock markets and unemployment

On April 11, 2013, in Economics & Sustainable Investment, by Joe Nyangon
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For those interested in the relationship between equity markets and unemployment, here is an interesting chart by The Economist that sums up that ‘synching feeling’. One thing is clear, producing goods in cheap labor markets and exporting them to high valued economies only end up eroding long-term viability of these advanced economies. Therefore, even if […]

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