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Sustainable Development Goals: 17 Goals to Transform Our World. What are the Sustainable Development Goals? “I am pleased to share some good news for people and planet,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said to a packed room of press delegates. The good news? After three years of negotiations and debate, 193 countries had agreed to a set of development goals more bold and ambitious than anything that has come before them. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – part of a wider 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These eight goals, set by the United Nations back in 2000 to eradicate poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease, expire at the end of this year. Figure 1: The Millennium Development Goals Source: United Nations The MDGs were concrete, specific and measurable, and therefore helped establish some priority areas of focus in international development.

Despite the criticism, significant progress has been made over the past 15 years, especially when it comes to the goals of eradicating poverty and improving access to education. Share. MDG Fund | Delivering on commitments. MDGs to SDGs: Top 10 Differences | Global Advocacy: Gender-Focused Community-led Development for All. The purpose of this note is to provide a brief outline the similarities and differences between the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) launched in 2000, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be launched in 2015 when the MDGs expire. (Update 4 December 2014)The Secretary-General has released his Synthesis Report on SDGs, which affirms and strengthens the 17 goals described below). This note must be somewhat speculative, since the governments will not finalize their agreement on the SDGs until September 2015 at the earliest. However, for the past two years, the general “shape” of the SDGs has remained surprisingly stable.

There are certain key similarities. The UN Secretary-General has mandated that the SDGs not lose the key successful elements of the MDGs – that they were clear, concise, time-bound and measurable. The first “draft” of the SDGs was created by a High-Level Panel in 2013 (click here) which distinguished “Five Transformative Shifts” that would characterize the SDGs: Theconversation. Much as we should remain sceptical of politicians proclaiming themselves to be decisive, no-nonsense actors on climate change, the previous prime minister, Tony Abbott, did plenty more than talk. He and his government channelled their lack of political will to address the climate problem into an enthusiastic appetite for “direct action” going well beyond the predictable abolition of the so-called “carbon tax”.

Abbott’s actions were born of an apparent ideological distaste for the whole climate agenda: he wound back the Renewable Energy Target; cut funding to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA); and attempted to abolish and then thwart the work of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). Replacing Abbott with almost anyone would be cause for celebration for anybody who believes the basic science of the global climate problem might be even half right. Good advice, bad outcomes Don’t look away now It is a sad and sorry story. But this is no great problem for Turnbull. About ARENA - Australian Renewable Energy Agency | Australian Renewable Energy Agency. ARENA is the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, a commercially oriented agency.

It was established on 1 July 2012 by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011. We have two objectives: improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologiesincrease the supply of renewable energy in Australia. ARENA’s timeframe for delivering its objectives is 2022, with an intent to provide competitive energy solutions up to 2030-40. Vision An Australian economy and society increasingly powered by competitive renewable energy.

Knowledge sharing We share knowledge to help the renewable energy industry and other stakeholders learn from each other’s experiences. Clean Energy Innovation Fund The Australian Government announced on 23 March 2016 its intention to create a new Clean Energy Innovation Fund, to be jointly managed by ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). Fact sheet A high-level overview of the context and workings of ARENA. ARENA fact sheet (PDF 143KB) | (DOCX 751KB) Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy. Australia - Climate Action Tracker. Page last updated: 27th August 2015 Print Rating Basic view+ Pledges+ Kyoto accounting Assessment For full report, click here. On 11 August 2015, Australia submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC). We rate Australia’s INDC 2030 target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 26–28% from 2005 levels including land-use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) by 2030 as “inadequate.”

All other industrial countries, except Canada and New Zealand, have proposed 2025 or 2030 goals significantly below 1990 levels. Australia is one of five industrialised countries rated “inadequate” by the Climate Action Tracker (the other four are Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Russia). Australia has a large gap between policies and targets Australia stands out as having the largest relative gap between current policy projections for 2030 and the INDC target. The repeal of the Clean Energy Future Package creates a large emissions gap Pledge description Post-2020 INDC Target Fair share Sources.

Making renewable energy more affordable - RN Breakfast. How to make Australia's clean energy transition fair for all - One Step Off The Grid | One Step Off The Grid. It’s no secret that with well over one million solar households, decentralised energy solutions like rooftop solar have started to change the Australian market significantly. Communities have embraced clean energy and the genie cannot be put back into the bottle. Indeed, the introduction of low-cost solar PV, battery storage, energy control and management systems and energy efficiency measures provide an unprecedented opportunity for energy consumers to participate in the energy system.

However, it is crucial to ensure that all Australians are able to participate and benefit from the transition to renewable energy. Certainly, solar PV is not just for the wealthy, as some political commentators would have us believe. What is more, renters, apartment dwellers and homeowners also face issues accessing solar due to a lack of roof access, unsuitable roofs or split incentives. Another example is the Solar Garden model, popular in the US.

Goal 7: Affordable & Clean Energy | The Worlds Largest Lesson. Clean Energy Council - Clean Energy Australia Report. The Clean Energy Australia Report 2015 is a comprehensive overview of Australia's renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors, and includes key figures and statistics on the energy market from the past year. The Clean Energy Australia Report 2015 includes a comprehensive round-up of renewable energy projects, investment, employment and electricity generation. It is the only analysis that includes the National Electricity Market, the Western Australian electricity grid and other major regional grids across the country in areas such as the Northern Territory. The main findings from the report are as follows: Renewable energy provided 14.6 per cent of Australia’s electricity in 2015, enough to provide power for the equivalent of approximately 6.7 million average homes.

This was up on the 13.5 per cent of electricity delivered by renewables the year before. Download the full Clean Energy Australia Report 2015. Brazil - Climate Action Tracker. Page last updated: 26th November 2015 Print Rating Basic view+ Pledges Assessment Clique aqui para esta análise em Português (click here for this analysis in Portuguese). On 28 September 2015, Brazil submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), with a target to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions, including land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF), by 37% below 2005 levels by 2025. The INDC text clarifies that Brazil intends to achieve these INDC targets through a series of measures, including reaching a share of 45% renewables in the total energy mix by 2030. We rate Brazil’s INDC “medium.” The Brazilian INDC notes that GHG emissions (incl. Brazil’s puts forward an absolute target i.e. a target relative to emissions in a historical year as opposed to reductions below business-as-usual, or an intensity target.

We find Brazil is very close to meeting its INDC targets under current policies. Pledge and post-2020 INDC INDC – Post-2020 Copenhagen Pledge Fair Share Sources. Renewable Energy 2015: Australia vs. the World - Solaray Energy. Australia ranks 20th on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Australia may be home to some of the world’s most liveable cities, but we have a long way to go to meet the world’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Australia ranks 20th in the world – well behind Canada and many European countries but ahead of the United States – according to a new index that compares different nations' performance on the SDGs, which were adopted last September.

Launched at this week’s United Nations SDG talks in New York, the index marks each country’s performance towards the 17 goals. These aim to put the world on a more sustainable economic, social and environmental path, and feature 169 targets to be met over the next 15 years in areas such as health, economic growth and climate action. The ranking, called the SDG Index and Dashboard and prepared by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the German think tank Bertelsmann Stiftung, ranks countries' performance using a set of 77 indicators. Australia: good water, bad energy Priorities for action.

IRENA RE Latin America Policies 2015 Country Brazil. Chapter 3: The role of the Renewable Energy Target | Climate Change Authority. This chapter considers the role of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) in the current policy context, including the introduction of the carbon pricing mechanism and the establishment of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). This chapter explores the way these policies interact with the RET and their implications for the future role of the RET. Finally, the appropriate frequency of reviews of the RET is considered. 3.1. The broader policy context The legislative objects of the RET reflect a view that the renewable energy industry must be expanded and developed to promote greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

The 2003 Tambling Review summarised the objectives of the RET as reducing greenhouse gases and promoting renewable industry development (Australian Greenhouse Office 2003). This chapter considers the role of the RET in this new policy environment. 3.1.1. Third, the RET will affect the pattern of emissions abatement in Australia. Clean Energy Australia Report 2014. Chapter 3: The role of the Renewable Energy Target | Climate Change Authority. Climate, Energy and Health | The Center for Health and the Global Environment. Climate change, primarily attributed to a rise in greenhouse gases produced by burning fossil fuels, strikes at the pillars of what keeps us healthy: adequate food, safe and sufficient fresh water, clean air, and freedom from infectious diseases that may intensify in the wake of natural catastrophes.

In the coming decade, business and policy decisions about where and how we derive our energy will affect our lives for the next century and beyond. The Center’s Climate, Energy, and Health program strives to bring the best possible science about what is at stake for our health into these decisions. Our energy is our health Energy provides life-sustaining and health-promoting goods, from the electricity that powers much in our lives, to the fuel that transports us from one place to another.

Among these hazards are extreme weather events related to climate change. Air pollutants produced by burning fossil fuels are another cause for concern. Displaced populations A sustainable economy. About the Renewable Energy Target. To power our homes and businesses, Australia generates electricity from coal and gas fired power stations, as well as a range of renewable energy sources including large-scale hydropower facilities and wind farms, and small-scale solar hot water and solar rooftop panels.

The Renewable Energy Target is an Australian Government scheme designed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in the electricity sector and encourage the additional generation of electricity from sustainable and renewable sources. The Renewable Energy Target works by allowing both large-scale power stations and the owners of small-scale systems to create certificates for every megawatt hour of power they generate. Certificates are then purchased by electricity retailers who sell the electricity to householders and businesses.

These electricity retailers also have legal obligations under the Renewable Energy Target to surrender certificates to the Clean Energy Regulator, in percentages set by regulation each year. Confidence in renewable energy sector 'evaporated' after Abbott cut: Bloomberg. Power sector emissions jump Investment in large-scale renewable energy in Australia remains stagnant almost two years after the Abbott government began a review of the sector, according to an annual survey by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% How will solar batteries change the household? Reunion island volcano erupts NASA intern: 'It's out of this world' US, China ratify Paris climate agreement Coal seam gas: What's it all about? 'Dinosaur' tree's secret survival plan Sydney braces for heavy downpour Louisiana flood rescuers go door-to-door The use of solar storage systems is expected to explode in Australia and change the way households use their solar energy as generous tariffs expire.

Investors spent just $15 million since February 2014 on big wind, solar or other clean energy projects that were not otherwise supported by government programs such as the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. Labor wants the renewable energy share to rise to 50 per cent by 2030. International gain. The SDGs - It’s about people, not targets. | ACFID.

Take a look at the satellite photograph of the Indonesian archipelago at night accompanying this blog. Does knowing that Indonesia experiences significant levels of energy inequality require complex data sets run against an endless series of baseline measures and indicators, when it’s so clearly captured in a single image? That was one question Dr Yanuar Nugroho, from the President of Indonesia’s Executive Office, asked at a recent Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network forum on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dr Negroho is working hard to see the SDG agenda aligned with his Government’s national development priorities. What motivates him? People – not goals, he said. It’s been nine months since the United Nations adopted a new global agenda for development – the Sustainable Development Goals.

As the compliments and critiques for this new roadmap continue to flow, final details are still being refined in an ongoing United Nations process. Theconversation. On September 25 world leaders will meet in New York to formalise the new Sustainable Development Goals. These 17 goals will guide efforts to reduce poverty and increase well-being, without destroying the Earth. The Conversation is looking at how we got here, and how far we have to go. Unlike the Millennium Development Goals (or MDGs) that applied only to developing countries, the Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs) will apply to all countries, including Australia. The new goals will have a key goal of eradicating extreme poverty, but they also have a much wider agenda. While the MDGs achieved considerable success in reducing poverty in developing countries, key challenges of climate change, environmental degradation, rising inequality and conflict present a significant risk to the well-being of all of us, including Australians.

These are truly global challenges that require global solutions involving all countries. Sustainable development in a developed country. SDSN Solutions Initiative “Sustainable Cities”: SDG Localization in Brazil. Brazil announces massive reforestation and renewable energy plan with US | World news. Why isn't Brazil exploiting its amazing wind capacity? | Global Development Professionals Network.

Sustainable Development Goal on Energy (SDG7) and the World Bank Group. Sustainable Energy for All and SDG 7 in Focus | IRENA newsroom. Brazil's Clean-Energy Boom Running Out of Steam. Untitled. Renewable Energy in Brazil | The New Economy. Untitled. Countdown day 11 – SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy | RIO+ Centre. Goal 7. Brazil's Diverse Energy Matrix — History. Sustainable Development | Global Compact Network Australia. United Nations sustainable development agenda.

Sustainable Development Goals. Yarra Valley Water: Aurora Waste to Energy Project Gets Underway | Global Compact Network Australia. Sustainable development goals: all you need to know | Global development. Implementing SDG 7. Sustainable Development Goals an overview. How can we store more energy from the sun and the wind? SDGs. Energy - United Nations Sustainable Development.