Focus topic natural resources

 

Focus topic: Energy and climate changeWhile global demand for natural resources is growing steadily, supply is limited. This holds in equal measure for water, agricultural commodities, fossil fuels, metals and ores – and has far-reaching implications for the world’s climate. In the absence of hard-hitting measures to counter this trend, prices for these natural resources will continue to rise. One of the most important parameters to ensure future supply is to boost efficiency in the utilisation of these resources. The measures required to meet these challenges will trigger fundamental changes harbouring numerous risks and opportunities for market participants.

 

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14.04.2014
Agricultural value chains in Sub-Saharan Africa: From a development challenge to a business opportunity
Abstract: What about agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa? Is it important to develop the sector or should efforts focus elsewhere? We argue that investments in agriculture and agribusiness are needed and that, ensuring efficient and sustainable agricultural production, they can drive economic growth and poverty reduction as well as fulfil both domestic and global demand for agricultural products. SSA offers both huge agricultural potential and fast-growing markets and there is increasing investor interest along the whole food supply chain. Challenges remain in terms of infrastructure, trade, skills and financing but there is increased commitment from governments and other partners for a sector with strong growth opportunities.
Topics: Africa; Economic policy; Emerging markets; Food and beverages; Intern. relations; Macroeconomics; Natural resources; Risk / Country Risk; Socio-econ. trends; Sustainability; Trade
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11.03.2014
Germany's "Energiewende" driving power-to-gas: From an idea to market launch
Abstract: The massive expansion of renewables in the last few years has led to an increase in the volatility of the power supply. As the implementation of the "Energiewende" is one of the crucial issues for the new federal government, this also requires innovative solutions that go beyond traditional technical storage facilities in our view. Looking ahead, the energy revolution may hardly succeed without power-to-gas as power-to-gas as a storage medium could offset the continuing strong increases in the volatilities in power supply. The prospects for power-to-gas are favourable. Experts claim the installation of power-to-gas systems with an electricity generation of 1,000 MW by 2022 to establish an initial market. If in the time thereafter – as we expect – the demand for electricity storage media continues to rise as a result of increasing green electricity quantities and fluctuations, power-to-gas is an appropriate answer to the currently still open question as to a sustainable technical solution.
Topics: Energy policy; Energy sector; Environmental policy; Environmental protection; Gas industry; Innovation; Key issues; Natural resources; Sustainability; Technology and innovation
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28.01.2014
EU intends to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030
Topics: Economic policy; Energy policy; Energy sector; Environmental policy; Environmental protection; European issues; European policy issues; Intern. relations; Key issues; Natural resources; Sectors / commodities; Sustainability
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23.01.2014
Carbon Leakage: A barely perceptible process
Abstract: Germany pursues ambitious energy and climate policy objectives and is thus a trailblazer in these fields internationally. However, the faltering UN climate protection process shows that other countries are not following Germany's lead or are moving at a slower pace. In Germany, a barely perceptible process of de-industrialisation has already begun in energy-intensive sectors. CO2 emissions are shifting from Germany to other countries. In order to stop the barely perceptible process of de-industrialisation and carbon leakage, Germany should either join forces with Europe to achieve faster progress and more stringent targets in international climate protection or else curb its own pace. At the very least, Germany has to seek to make its Energiewende more efficient. Moreover, energy-intensive companies are going to require exemption regimes in the future, too.
Topics: Chemicals industry; Energy policy; Energy sector; Environmental policy; Environmental protection; Gas industry; Globalisation; Innovation; Intern. relations; Key issues; Natural resources; Sectors / commodities; Steel industry; Sustainability
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23.01.2014
Energy policy paper marks beginning of Energiewende 2.0
Abstract: Germany's "Energiewende 1.0", or shift towards renewable energy, has advanced rapidly since the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) was amended in 2004. However, the costs of changing over to photovoltaics, windpower etc. are becoming more and more noticeable. A correction, well overdue, calls for structural reforms and thus an "Energiewende 2.0". The policy paper presented by energy minister Sigmar Gabriel marks a new start. Moves to sharpen the focus of subsidisation and amend the exemptions for companies not facing international competition are essential and overdue.
Topics: Economic policy; Energy policy; Energy sector; Environmental policy; Environmental protection; Gas industry; Key issues; Natural resources; SMEs; Sectors / commodities; Sustainability
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26.11.2013
Energiewende 2.0 - don't risk competitiveness
Abstract: The expansion of renewables, while a worthy long-term goal, is presently jeopardising German competitiveness. To prevent this, the Energiewende – i.e. energy turnaround or transformation – must be implemented more efficiently. We welcome government plans to impose a minimum levy on new systems for captive generation. To ensure the levy doesn’t also rise unsustainably, the subsidies should gradually be phased into market-based price and volume mechanisms. The government should tighten exceptions to the levy, while continuing to shield the energy-intensive companies most vulnerable to international competition.
Topics: Economic policy; Energy policy; Energy sector; Environmental policy; Gas industry; Key issues; Natural resources; Privatisation/liberalisation; SMEs; Sectors / commodities; Sustainability; Technology and innovation
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20.11.2013
GET FiT in Uganda: Observations & open issues from a financial perspective
Abstract: The GET FiT (Global Energy Transfer Feed-in Tariffs) concept intends to combat climate change and the lack of available energy by supporting private sector investment in capital intensive renewable energy sources in emerging and developing countries. The idea is that governments in the developed world and/or multilateral organisations support the upgrading of the existing regulatory framework in emerging economies to improve the risk profile and commercial viability of renewable energy investments from a private sector investor’s perspective. The GET FiT Pilot in Uganda will support approx. 125 MW of renewable energy. To achieve private sector participation in debt financing, it will be crucial to give private sector lenders a “fair chance” to participate on their terms. We are confident that GET FiT can play a crucial role in developing Uganda’s energy sector.
Topics: Africa; Construction industry; Emerging markets; Energy policy; Energy sector; Innovation; Key issues; Natural resources; Risk / Country Risk; Sectors / commodities; Sustainability
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01.11.2013
China in Africa – New challenges beyond the commodities supercycle
Abstract: Following the decline in China's demand for commodities during the summer months, its imports of crude oil, copper and iron ore are slowly beginning to recover again. To this day, China's economic relations with Africa are shaped by securing the supply of resources by financing infrastructure and other major projects. There is indeed much to suggest that China's future activities will be more complex and by no means limited to the commodities sector.
Topics: Africa; Asia; Emerging markets; Globalisation; Intern. relations; Natural resources; Real econ. trends
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14.10.2013
Ethiopia: The African tiger
Abstract: The East African country has been experiencing impressive economic growth: double-digit between 2004 and 2010, it has averaged 8.7% annually over the past five years thanks to the expansion of agriculture and services. Ethiopia has thus been the fastest-growing economy in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Projected at 6.5% annually over the next five years, it is set to remain on a robust growth path.
Topics: Africa; Demographics; Education; Emerging markets; Natural resources; Risk / Country Risk; Social values / Consumer behaviour; Trade
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02.09.2013
CO2 emissions of new cars down considerably
Topics: Auto industry; Key issues; Natural resources; Sectors / commodities; Sustainability; Transport
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