|World Investment Report 2009 - Transnational corporations, agricultural production and development
World foreign direct investment flows fell moderately in 2008 following a five-year period of uninterrupted growth, in large part as a result of the global economic and financial crisis.While developed economies were initially those most ...
|Increasing commercial pressure on land: building a coordinated response
The food price crisis of 2007-2008 brought to public attention a wave of large-scale acquisitions of land in developing and transition countries by foreign investors. The predominant investors in these deals have been governments and ...
|Commercial pressures on land: rethinking policies and practice for development
Over the past few years the demand for land has been boosted by global economic trends - among which energy and food needs are playing major roles – that significantly increased its commercial value. Profit ...
|Global status report on local renewable energy policies – Working draft
City and local governments can play a key role in encouraging renewable energy at the local level. The multiple roles of these local governments as decision-makers, planning authorities, managers of municipal infrastructure, and role models ...
|Renewables Global Status Report 2009 - Update
This “Update” edition of the Renewables Global Status Report is the fourth in a series launched in 2005. It provides an integrated picture of the global renewable energy situation, unfolding in the midst of a ...
|Rapid assessment on biofuels and the environment: overview and key findings – Executive Summary
The Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) of the International Council for Science (ICSU) established the International SCOPE Biofuels Project to provide a comprehensive and objective, science based analysis of the effects of ...
|Annual Report 2008
The IEA Bioenergy 2008 Annual Report includes a special feature article 'Biorefineries: Adding Value to the Sustainable Utilisation of Biomass' prepared by Task 42.The Annual Report also includes a report from the Executive Committee and ...
|Bioenergy and biofuels: opportunities and constraints
It is still controversial whether biofuels, particularly first generation biofuels, deliver net GHG benefits. Policies concerning biofuel production will need to require that feedstock production practices do not create net additional emissions of GHGs directly, ...
|Energy, development and security - Energy issues in the current macroeconomic context
Current energy systems are failing to meet the needs of the world’s poor. Worldwide, 2.6 billion people rely on traditional biomass for cooking and 1.6 billion people – about a quarter of the human race ...
|The palm oil financing handbook - Practical guidance on responsible financing and investing in the palm oil sector
The aim of this handbook is to:• help financial institutions to reduce the environmental and social risks associated with transactions in the palm oil sector;• enable more sustainable palm oil production.The how-to guidance focuses on ...