Urban development no threat to rural areas: in support of national urban policy frameworks

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Overlooking the city of Medellín, Colombia, host of the WUF 7.

“Urban policy made by the national government can create some problems for cities,” began Mussa Natty, the Municipal Director of Kinondoni, the largest municipality of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Providing the local perspective in our panel discussion on Regenerative Cities and Communities at UN-Habitat’s World Urban Forum last week, Mussa was referring to the disconnect that, in the absence of multi-level dialogue, can occur between policymaking by national governments and implementation by local governments. …continue reading →

April 16, 2014   No Comments

German Renewable Energy Act Reform is not a “Feed-in Tariff 2.0”

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German Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, source: dpa

Yesterday, the German cabinet approved the Renewable Energy Act Reform. The reform, referred to by some as the Feed-in Tariff 2.0 (FiT 2.0), was necessary: In the past few years, Feed-in Tariffs successfully boosted renewable energy deployment in the country. This sparked public and policy discussions around the grid development, market integration and financial instruments that would finally enable Germany to reach its policy target of 80% renewable electricity by 2050.

Unfortunately, the bill passed yesterday fails to address any of these questions. Instead, it strengthens the corporations and energy utilities that have failed to integrate renewables into their business model in the past decade. The following analysis shows why the reform cannot be considered FiT 2.0. …continue reading →

April 9, 2014   1 Comment

European politicians across party lines call for long-term 100% target for renewable energy

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Fiona Hall, MEP and Member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe: “Europe must scale up its renewables share to ensure economic prosperity, industrial competitiveness and democratic stability.”

A group of 50 European policy makers across party lines has called upon the European Commission to drastically increase the targets for renewable energy in the context of this week’s decision to set climate and energy targets for 2030. Current and former Members of Parliament (MEP) and politicians from 15 EU member states today concluded in Brussels that “self-interested actions and a lack of cooperation put Europe’s resilience, its society, economy and climate at risk. Only ambitious targets for renewable energy can sustain Europe’s economy and ultimately lead to an energy sector powered entirely by renewable energy.” …continue reading →

March 20, 2014   No Comments