This strategy is intended to create a frame for the discussion that needs to take place regarding Icelanders’ vision of sustainable development at the beginning of the 21st century. It defines some of the main goals of the government in this respect, along with indicators that are intended to help monitoring progress. The strategy needs to be under constant development. It will be evaluated in indicator-based followup reports and discussed at future environmental assemblies.
The concept of sustainable development means balancing of economic, social and environmental requirements in order to ensure “the needs of the existing generation are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Operationalization of the concept and its practical implementation are the result of theoretical as well as political endeavors aiming to ensure long term development of the human society and environmental protection.
This strategy is framed with the general principle of determining and elaborating measures that allow the continuous improvement of the quality of life for the present and future generations by means of the creation of sustainable communities having full capacity to efficiently manage and use resources, to take advantage of the potential for ecological and social innovation offered by the economy, and at the same time, ensuring prosperity, environment protection and social cohesion.
SCP Action Plan for the Mediterranean (consultation paper) details the main policy milestones for the SCP approach at the global and Mediterranean level. It set the framework of action for the Mediterranean context, detailing the major environmental issues, key SCP challenges for the region and suggesting key economic sectors within which SCP actions should be prioritized to ensure greats impacts.
BetterHome: An industry-driven one-stop-shop solution sees its innovation in the new role of instalers. The model trains and guides the installers on how to approach the customer, from the first contact to the finalisation of the process. BetterHome also simplifies and structures the renovation process for the installer, through supportive and innovative digital tools, enabling a better evolution for all involved.
CommONEnergy, a research project funded by the European Union, developed these past 4 years new strategies and solutions to retrofit existing shopping centres to reduce consumptions, increase energy efficiency and comfort. The project, coming soon to an end, presented its landmark publication, Guidelines on how to approach the energy-efficient renovation of shopping centres during a full day event in Brussels.
The analysis sets out a long-term roadmap for further development of the Bulgarian renovation programme for multi-family buildings. Following the implementation of the programme’s first phase, the analysis argues for a shift in focus towards achieving higher energy classes, reducing at the same time the level of public subsidy in a measured and manageable manner.
This report finds that, within 15 years, a large part of the German building stock can be renovated cost-effectively, achieving significant energy savings. This is achievable through different combinations of policy tools and targeted support measures meant to stimulate investments in the building stock.
This report finds that a variety of already successful building renovation approaches could inspire the future development of renovation policies to deliver deep CO2 savings and cut energy wastage. The study describes five replicable schemes from different European Member States and highlights trigger points for mandatory renovation that can lead to further uptake.
This paper addresses the need for reliable energy access for businesses to enable the productive use of clean energies. Energy security from private sector perspective means that present and future access to energy is guaranteed at affordable prices. It focuses on the benefits of Productive Use of Renewable Energy (“PURE”), highlights lessons learnt and challenges, and formulates recommendations to stimulate its spread and better realise its potential.
In addition, the paper presents case studies from nine African countries to show promising ways to successfully engage in rural developing areas for entrepreneurs, NGOs, investors and policymakers. ARE believes that these examples can also be used as showcase examples in other parts of the developing world.
This guidebook on integrating climate change into city development strategies (CDS) attempts to provide a modest input into the effort of unifying two key thematic areas, Climate Change and City Development Strategies. This attempt of climate proofing city development strategies is an ongoing process and requires additional effort by governments, academia, and city development partners worldwide.
The World Bank, the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) collaborated in a Joint Work Programme (JWP) to help cities address challenges related to climate change, aiming to facilitate a coordinated, focused effort targeting cities and climate change.
The JWP captured current knowledge, and supported local and national decision-makers incorporate climate change adaptation and mitigation into their urban planning policies and practices.
A number of deliverables have been produced during this collaboration, including: an online catalogue to facilitate access to knowledge on cities and climate change, various tools for incorporating climate change into urban policies and practices, analytic and assessment guides, handbook for mayors on climate change adaptation and mitigation in cities.y also be useful for professionals in the urban development field in cities where local governments lack specific personnel working on town planning.
Under the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities, UNEP conducted a Global City Survey, to assess how local leaders and city practitioners perceive resource efficiency. It looked into the needs of cities and how the resource efficiency approach can address existing city priorities. This document summarizes the main findings of the Global Survey.
Under the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities, UNEP conducted a Global City Survey, to assess city level perceptions of and approaches to resource efficiency and to better understand and addresses differentiated needs of cities. This info graphic highlights the main key figures from the Global Survey.
The handbook aims to help raise awareness among local stakeholders regarding climate finance and its potential in the built environment, given the important role that this sector has to play in climate change mitigation. It also aims to help local governments to use climate finance mechanisms as an opportunity to increase the energy performance of their district whilst creating additional revenue, improve resource efficiency and support their wider climate strategies.