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How to Drive New Finance for Energy Efficiency Investments

15 April, 2014

The latest report by the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) titled Energy Efficiency - the first fuel for the EU Economy. How to drive new finance for energy efficiency investments was launched in Brussels today.

The interim report of the group co-convened by the European Commission / Directorate-General for Energy Energy and UNEP FI focuses on the financing of energy efficiency in buildings in the European Union. The report is organised around the drivers of both supply and demand for financing of projects, the policy-led and market-led approaches and instruments to stimulate more investments in energy efficiency in buildings, as well as some interim recommendations to policy-makers.

The report was launched in tandem with the European launch of the publication Commercial Real Estate: Unlocking the Energy Efficiency Retrofit Investment Opportunity, a report by the Property Working Group of UNEP FI.

View the report here.

See the event page here.


New International Resource Panel Report Provides Routes to Integrating REDD+ into Green Economy Approaches

21 March, 2014

An investment of US $30 billion per year — under seven per cent of the US $480 billion paid in annual global fossil fuel subsidies — in the REDD+ forest conservation initiative can accelerate the global transition to green and sustainable growth and ensure the long-term wellbeing of tens of millions in developing countries, a new report released today said.

Building Natural Capital: How REDD+ Can Support a Green Economy, a report by the International Resource Panel (IRP) and the UN-REDD Programme, outlines how integrating REDD+ programmes into a Green Economy approach can conserve and even boost the economic and social benefits forests provide to human society.

The IRP report lays out recommendations to deliver the new integrated REDD+ and Green Economy approach, including better coordination, stronger private sector engagement, changes in fiscal incentive frameworks, greater focus on assisting policymakers to understand the role forests play in propping up economies, and equitable benefit sharing. The report stresses in particular the needs for a rights-based approach to ensure that benefits flow to the rural poor.

View the publication here.

View the press release here.


Energy Efficient Measures in Building Retrofits Can Deliver Increased Profits and Address Climate Change

26 February, 2014

Energy efficient buildings can deliver up to 20 per cent reduction in energy consumption and provide an overall better market value for investors, says a new report by the UNEP Finance Initiative. Buildings account for approximately a third of the world's energy consumption and global greenhouse gas emissions, and are a high-impact sector for urgent mitigation action on climate change.

"As building owners and operators, real estate professionals have an opportunity to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions while increasing the value of their real estate assets," said Charles Anderson, Director, UNEP Finance Initiative. "The paper strives to show investors that there are options available for all property mixes, and that possessing and managing the right information is crucial to unlocking the energy efficiency retrofit potential."

Read the publication here.

View the press release here.

See the event page here.

Further briefings on the report will be held on:

10 April in Vancouver (more information)

15 April in Brussels (more information)


Former CEO to Steward UNEP’s Financial Partnership

24 February, 2014

Charles Anderson, former CEO of Sovereign, New Zealand’s largest life and health insurance business, has joined UNEP to head up its Finance Initiative.

Mr. Anderson has more than 30 years of experience in the financial sector and has played key leadership roles in integrating Environmental, Social and Governance concerns into the private sector. As CEO of Sovereign, he was active in the global process that produced the landmark Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) launched at Rio+20 by UNEP FI.

Previously he worked at Aviva as Managing Director for Asia Pacific and was an Associate of UK based Leader’s Quest, a not-for-profit promoting social change. He has also served as a Board member of the New Zealand Council for Sustainable Business Development and as Deputy Chair of the Financial Services Council in New Zealand.

David Pitt-Watson, Co-Chair of UNEP FI, said, "We are delighted to have Charles as our new director at this critical time. Over the coming months world leaders are engaged in intense discussions to reach agreement on how we secure a framework for the sustainable development of the planet. We all recognize that the purpose of the finance industry is to fund that development. As policy makers and as financiers we face a huge challenge, and a huge opportunity. UNEP FI’s unique partnership is precisely the sort of organization which can address that challenge and respond to the opportunity”.

View the press release here.

Read Charles' Bio here.


New Report Calls for US$12bn Boost for pre-2020 Emission Reductions from Forests and Land Use

31 January, 2014

A new report, Stimulating Interim Demand for REDD+ Emissions Reductions, from the Interim Forest Finance Project - a collaboration of the Global Canopy Programme, the Amazon Environmental Research Institute, Fauna & Flora International, and UNEP Finance Initiative - reveals that demand for REDD+ emission reductions could be as little as 3% of the supply between 2015 and 2020. The report explains the risks of doing nothing, and outlines a suite of options for increasing demand.

View the publication here.

View the press release here.


Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System

23 January, 2014

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched an Inquiry today into policy options for guiding the global financial system to invest in the transition to a green economy. In the wake of the global financial crisis, there is growing recognition that the financial system must be not only sound and stable, but also sustainable in the way it enables the transition to a low-carbon, green economy. The Inquiry, extending over 18 months to mid-2015, aims to engage, inform and guide policy makers, financial market actors and other stakeholders concerned with the health of the financial system and its potential for shaping the future economy.

David Pitt-Watson, Co-Chair of UNEP FI, said: "The world's financial institutions are there to finance a growing, sustainable economy, but the evidence suggests that, today, the industry performs that task poorly. The Inquiry will support the urgent need to reshape a practical and agreed agenda of reform that ensures that the finance industry fulfills its purpose."

More information here.



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