Korea won the bid to host the Green Climate Fund (GCF) last week, an accomplishment it rightfully considers a big win in international diplomacy and the global effort to reduce carbon. With US $30 billion pledged in Fast Start Finance and a goal of reaching $100 billion annually by 2020, the GCF will play a critical role in the global effort to combat climate change. In fact, COP17 (the last round of United Nations climate change negotiations in Durban, South Africa last year), which established a transitional process for the Fund’s operationalization, would have been a failure without an agreement on the GCF. It also brings prominence to Asia. While various UN System Organizations have offices across the continent, this will be the most significant one to be headquartered there.

 

Read more: Korea's Commitment to Green Growth and how it has Paid Off

With four weeks until the U.S. elections and clean tech a trending theme in political dialogue, it’s the perfect time to think about how to communicate. Last month at Solar Power International in Orlando, I saw Bill Clinton take the stage and share his thoughts, urging clean tech professionals to “get the basic facts in front of the American people.” 


“Make sure the candidates know what you’ve done and what policy helped you do it. Provide visible manifestations of progress. And do what you can with what you’ve got right now.” Why is this so important right now? Apart from elections being around the corner and important policy decisions looming, misinformation is a serious problem, and it’s mainstream. 


Despite consistently positive news, unfounded criticisms are leveled against the industry, from accusations of government waste to suggestions that it hasn’t helped our country. Yet we continue to see our amazing clients develop impressive technologies. And it’s not surprising when you can provide a new, sustainable source of zinc and lithium or produce an EV battery that holds three times as much energy and could cut battery cost in half. 

Read more: Clean Technology Factcheck

Deriving from SOStenibilità and RESponsabilità (Sustainability and Responsibility), SOSRES believes sustainability is about minimizing our impact on the planet and managing growth responsibly. After reaching a statistical seven billion people in late 2011 (taking just over a decade to add the most recent billion), it's even more obvious that pressure on resources will continue to increase in sync with the population unless we make efforts to decouple our activities and their impacts through a combination of technology, smart policy, and better choices. 

Read more: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012