The ninth WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic tracks the progress made by countries in tobacco control since 2008 and, marks 15 years since the introduction of the MPOWER technical package which is designed to help countries implement the demand-reduction measures of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The report shows that many countries continue to make progress in the fight against tobacco, but efforts must be accelerated to protect people from the harms of tobacco and second-hand smoke.
An independent third-party evaluation by Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) shows the efficacy and replicability of the Women's Economic Development Initiative by helping women develop marketable skills in high-demand industries.
The analysis shows the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) accelerated in the past year across almost all markets and vehicle segments, with passenger electric vehicle sales on track for more than 10 million units, up from 6.6 million in 2021. Electric vehicles of all types – including cars, buses, motorcycles, scooters, vans, and trucks – are expected to avoid almost 1.7 million barrels of oil use per day in 2022, up from 1.5 million barrels per day in 2021. These vehicles are currently eliminating 152 million metric tons of CO2 per year, with the biggest contribution coming from the large fleet of electric two- and three-wheelers in Asia.
The report provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of what it would take to bring down global coal emissions rapidly enough to meet international climate goals while supporting energy security and economic growth, and addressing the social and employment consequences of the changes involved. This includes the major implications for the coal sector of a transition to net zero emissions by 2050, which would give the world an even chance of limiting global warming to the critical threshold of 1.5 °C.
The report features 13 case studies illustrating the practical choices, pathways, and strategies pursued by diverse PPCA members to end emissions from coal power for good. The case studies span policy, social, technical, and financial solutions, together showcasing the action being taken by PPCA members to overcome the system challenges that can arise when countries accelerate coal phase-out, modernize electricity grids, shift investments towards clean energy, and drive a just transition creating new clean energy jobs. Analysis provided in the report confirms that over three quarters of coal-fired electricity generation capacity in the OECD and EU is now on track to close by 2030, and that a future without emissions from coal power is not just achievable, but will be cheaper, more secure, and help ensure a cleaner future for workers and communities.
Bloomberg Philanthropies and BloombergNEF (BNEF) released the Climate Policy Factbook evaluating the progress made by each G-20 nation in three concrete policy areas: phasing out support for fossil fuels; putting a price on emissions; and enforcing climate-risk disclosure. The report aims to increase transparency and inform policy priorities ahead of the G-20 Summit in Indonesia and COP27 climate conference in Egypt, where much of the discussion will focus on how to realize the many pledges and targets announced at COP26 in Glasgow a year ago.
This guidebook was developed by C40 and Climate Mayors to provide an initial orientation to the climate-related provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act and to spark reflection and engagement around the wide range of roles mayors and local leaders can play.
Europe’s largest coal-fired power plant could replace most of its lignite – often referred to as “brown” coal – generation with renewables paired with batteries or lower-carbon thermal capacity, lowering overall power system costs in the Łódź region of Poland while maintaining critical energy security. The Belchatow power station plays a vital role in the central European energy grid and is the sixth largest coal-fired power plant on Earth. This new BNEF analysis examines the feasibility of deploying lower-carbon technologies and offers a possible transition roadmap to do so.