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Blog by Martin Hiller: Frontier Markets and the Triple Efficiency Imperative

One strength of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is that it comes with a tight deadline. We are used to talking about climate change over long timescales, speaking of impacts expected and actions needed by 2050 or beyond, which reduces the impetus for immediate action. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) force us to focus on what can and needs to be done now, leaving us just 13 years to increase human wellbeing across the planet while at the same time safeguarding the environment and combatting climate change.

Blog by Martin Hiller: Renewables for Resilience - How Renewable Energy Contributes to Sustainable Land Use

I recently participated in a panel discussion on the question of why sustainable land use is important for a low-carbon energy future. While pondering this question in preparation for the panel, my first thought was that it should be turned around: how can renewable energy contribute to making land use more sustainable?

Blog by Martin Hiller: Climate Finance and the Importance of Equitable Development

At KPC's Austrian Climate Change Workshop, held last week in Vienna, I spoke on a panel about ‘Fostering Low-Carbon Development and Climate Resilience’. The Green Climate Fund and the European Investment Bank, among others, were represented on that panel, and given the nature of these two players, the presentations and most of the discussion revolved around large amounts of money.

Obama Acts

As I write this, Vienna is seeing another week of record high temperatures; 2015 is likely to be the hottest year on record for this usually cool city, and this is of course only one of many hotspots around the globe. Despite the urgent need to take climate action, I confess that I was sceptical about the possibilities for progress at the Paris Climate Change Conference this December. 

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