ADB is supporting an initiative to introduce tens of thousands of biogas systems in rural communities throughout Viet Nam. By turning waste to fuel, families save on their energy bills and enjoy a cleaner environment.
Protecting drylands is essential. Although deserts cover more than 40% of the planet's land area, they are facing dramatic changes as a result of global climate change, high water demands, tourism and salt contamination of irrigated soils.
The Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN), agreed and released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on May 9th in Abu Dhabi, assesses existing literature on the future potential of renewable energy for the mitigation of climate change. It covers the six most important renewable energy technologies, as well as their integration into present and future energy systems. It also takes into consideration the environmental and social consequences associated with these technologies, the cost and strategies to overcome technical as well as non-technical obstacles to their application and diffusion.
The Asian Development Bank will be providing a loan to help fund the first privately owned and financed wind farm in Pakistan. The output from the plant will provide much-needed additional power for Pakistan, improve the country’s energy security, and lower reliance on fossil fuels.
The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City is sponsoring a national initiative designed to enable the sorting out of waste at the source by using solar-powered containers deployed at various locations of the capital in the context of a strategy aimed at raising the communal awareness towards fostering a clean and sustainable environment through using modern technologies in recycling materials.
Fighting poverty by promoting sustainable development and mitigating climate change is one of the priorities of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for 2011. With this is view, he is calling for a global revolution that would benefit some 1.6 billion people in developing countries still lacking access to electricity.
The Dealing with Climate Change policies and measures database offers access to information on energy-related policies and measures taken or planned to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The database covers measures taken in IEA member countries and in Brazil, China, the European Union, India, Mexico, Russia and South Africa. This online service aims to complement the policy analysis carried out by the IEA on climate change mitigation. With over 1,500 records dating back to 1999, the database provides an excellent source of information on climate change mitigation policies in these countries.
This publication outlines the five priority areas and three modalities of ADB's approach to climate change: expanding the use of clean energy, encouraging sustainable transport and urban development, managing land use and forests for carbon sequestration, promoting climate-resilient development, and strengthening related policies and institutions.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has more than doubled over the past year its pipeline of projects in climate change, biodiversity and land conservation, and international waters, under its partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
Demand for projects that protect the environment and promote sustainable development has been increasing over the past decade as countries expand their economic activity in sectors such as tourism, agriculture, energy and transportation. The IDB and the GEF represent an important source of funding and technical expertise for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean with limited resources to finance such projects.