JEI vol 2, no. 1 (2011)
Table of Contents
Complete JEI Vol. 2 No. 1 (2011)
Table of Contents
Mary M Cavanagh
Editorial: The Discourse Deepens
Point of View: ClimateSpark–How Toronto Atmospheric Fund Used Web 2.0 Crowdsourcing and Ideation Methods to Find Innovative Investment Opportunities and Advance Urban Greenhouse Gas Reductions Julia Langer
How Toronto Atmospheric Fund Used Web 2.0 Crowdsourcing and Ideation Methods to Find Innovative Investment Opportunities and Advance Urban Greenhouse Gas Reductions
Link to Mercer’s Climate Change Scenario public report.
Commentary: Are Pensions Ready for Climate Aware Investing?
Keith Black, PhD
The United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2012. In recognition of that milestone, this article examines the partners and partnership between the United Nations and the financial services sector worldwide, which have worked on the development of sustainable finance. UNEP FI brings together the convening power of the UN and the influence of asset managers within the investment supply chain to mainstream environmental, social, and governance values in investments.
Commentary: UNEP FI–Catalyst for Introspection and Progress Matthew Kiernan, PhD
A commentary on Yuki Yasui’s – Leveraging Strengths: An Analysis of the Partners and Partnership of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative.
Recent studies and institutional reports have highlighted the growing materiality of environmental risks for the finance sector. Alternative risk management tools accompanied a number of these studies and reports; however, many of these tools are still in their nascence and fewer still have been mainstreamed across industries in order to provide the requisite level of information that investors need for robust decision making. By combining desktop analysis, survey results, and workshop data from the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) network, we provide an overview and analysis of the current suite of environmental risk management tools and guidelines in this paper. It focuses specifically on those that address biodiversity and ecosystem services as well as water-related risks by exploring who they service and locating gaps in service in an effort to help lenders and investors understand weak spots…
Barriers and Drivers to Renewable Energy Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa Remco Fischer , Jenny Lopez , Sunyoung Suh
Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s lowest electricity access rate, at only 26%. The rural electricity access rate is only 8%, with 85% of the population relying on biomass for energy. This challenging energy security situation is in marked contrast with the abundance of natural resources in the sub-Saharan Africa region, which contains huge potential for electricity generation from renewable energy. Most importantly, renewable energy can put an end to the reliance of many countries on expensive and volatile imports of fossil fuels such as oil and can be an avenue for Africa to better exploit the economic opportunities offered by international carbon markets. This article questions why the up-front investment needed, particularly from the private sector, to seize these opportunities and to accelerate the renewable energy deployment that has to date not materialized in a region where it is much needed…
Interview: Scott Henneberry Lia Abady
An Interview with Scott Henneberry, VP of Smart Grid Strategy of Schneider Electric
Book Review: Interdisciplinarity And Climate Change