Where Sun Meets Water: Floating Solar Market Report

Published on http://www.worldbank.org on October 30, 2018

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Floating solar technologies are paving the way to significantly scale up the use of DCIM100MEDIADJI_0037.JPGsolar energy around the world, especially in countries with high population density and where land is a constraint
  • This first-of-its-kind market report estimates the global potential of floating solar, even under conservative assumptions, to be 400 gigawatts (GW). That is roughly the total capacity of all solar photovoltaic installations worldwide at the end of 2017

 

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eC2: State and Trends of Carbon Pricing Report 2019

Deadline: 28-Nov-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

(i)S&T19: The 2019 report will focus on providing an updated overview of existing and indexemerging carbon pricing initiatives around the world including national, sub-national and corporate activities, emissions trading systems, carbon taxes, and crediting mechanisms Building on the efforts made in 2018, it will include a discussion on the carbon pricing trends. It will also address the feedback received last year and focus on developing clearer lessons learned from the various carbon pricing initiatives and from various publications (including WBG ones), improved infographics featuring key facts and numbers. In addition, it will feature a section on the various ways to price carbon, including through implicit and negative carbon pricing policies. Finally, the report will continue to complete the online dashboard that was launched in 2017, and which allows for direct access to this data and more regular updates. This report is expected to have approximately about 50 pages.

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eC2: Capacity Building Program for Community Forestry Management

Deadline: 19-Nov-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The objective of this consultancy is to design and implement a capacity building programport_barton_palawan2 for community forestry that will benefit the implementation of the ASL projects in Brazil, Peru and Colombia. The process should involve a comprehensive study tour that will provide an opportunity for the participants to learn from successful cases and receive technical knowledge. Considering similarities with the conditions of the ASL projects, it is suggested that the study tour considers learning from the community management experiences In the Guatemala Maya Biosphere Reserve. Due to previous engagement in forest community, working with the Association of Forest Communities of Peten (ACOFOP) and the NGO PRIMSA would be required.
The capacity building program should also encourage the establishment of a community of learners among the beneficiaries, offering them with tools to become trainers of peers in their own countries and within their projects. The program shall also result in a set of guidelines to allow scaling up for other participants, exchanges and topics.

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World Development Report: The Changing Nature of Work

The World Development Report (WDR) 2019: The Changing Nature of Work studies how wdr2019the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology today. Fears that robots will take away jobs from people have dominated the discussion over the future of work, but the World Development Report 2019 finds that on balance this appears to be unfounded. Work is constantly reshaped by technological progress. Firms adopt new ways of production, markets expand, and societies evolve. Overall, technology brings opportunity, paving the way to create new jobs, increase productivity, and deliver effective public services. Firms can grow rapidly thanks to digital transformation, expanding their boundaries and reshaping traditional production patterns.

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Doing Business Report: New Record Set as 314 Reforms Introduced to Improve Business Climate Around the World

WASHINGTON, October 31, 2018 – Governments around the world set a new record in Doing Business 2019bureaucracy busting efforts for the domestic private sector, implementing 314 business reforms over the past year, says the World Bank Group’s Doing Business 2019: Training for Reform report, released today.

The reforms, carried out in 128 economies, benefit small and medium enterprises as well as entrepreneurs, enabling job creation and stimulating private investment. This year’s reforms surpass the previous all-time high of 290 reforms two years ago.

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eC2: Development of a Study on the Establishment of the Klokot Spring Cross-Border Sanitary Protection Zones

Deadline: 15-Nov-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

A Study on the Spring Sanitary Protection Zones is needed to mitigate against the sourcesbalkans of pollution and the World Bank (the Bank) has been requested by the relevant Governments to carry it out. To do so, in compliance with the requirements of the eligible BETF and RETF activities, the Bank will hire a consultant company (the Consultant) to prepare the Study while monitoring and coordinating the activities of the latter with those carried out by the beneficiary countries, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, and their consultants, including a Steering Board and a Study Implementation Team. The consultant will prepare the Study to help the beneficiary countries identify the effective sanitary protection measures for the springs to prevent groundwater pollution (the quantitative and qualitative features), and to share with them relevant recommendations for the monitoring of the groundwater in the relevant areas in the future, with the aim of allowing a timely identification of the eventual water quality deterioration in the catchment area.

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eC2: Building the Capacity of Water Supply Service Providers in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Adaptation

Deadline: 15-Nov-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

This consultancy services is to provide advisory services and technical inputs to increase indonesiaawareness and capacity of relevant Government of Indonesia line agencies in developing DRM and climate adaptation plans for water supply infrastructure, particularly to address seismic and hydro-meteorological (floods, droughts and landslides) risks. The key objectives are to: (i) develop a technical report that outlines guidance on how to address DRM and climate adaptation aspects in water supply infrastructure; (ii) develop a set of technical guidelines and standard operating procedures that will assist PDAMs to prepare DRM and climate adaptation plans; and (iii) provide technical assistance to AKATIRTA and/or MPWH’s Balai Teknik Air Minum (BTAM) to increase their capacity in delivering trainings and education programs in the design and operation of resilient water and sanitation infrastructure.

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Seychelles Launched Blue Bonds – What are Blue Bonds (FAQs)

What is a Blue Bond?

The blue bond is a debt instrument issued by governments, development banks or others

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to raise capital from impact investors to finance marine and ocean-based projects that have positive environmental, economic and climate benefits. The blue bond is inspired by the green bond concept, which people are more familiar with.

Why did Seychelles decide to issue a Blue Bond?

Like many small island states, Seychelles’ economy is highly dependent on the ocean and on fisheries for food, nutrition and livelihoods; marine habitats, and other blue economy sectors such as tourism. After tourism, the fisheries sector is the country’s most important industry, contributing significantly to annual GDP and employing 17% of the population. Fish products make up around 95% of the total value of domestic exports.

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eC2: Indonesia: Least-Cost Planning and Dispatch Diagnosis in Eastern Islands

Deadline: 14-Nov-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The assignment will focus on a number of islands (targeting a total of 10-12) based on theindex following criteria (a) the size of PLN grid (5-150MW); (b) high average generation cost; and (c) electrification rate below 90%. The selected islands will be communicated to the Consultant before the start of the assignment. They are all located in the Eastern Islands and were divided into three groups, (i) islands with a small installed generation capacity and limited electrification, (ii) islands with an installed generation capacity of 50-150 MW with only diesel generation and very high average generation cost and (iii) islands with an installed generation capacity of 50-150 MW with diesel and coal generation and high average generation cost.

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eC2: Smart Traffic Lights in Sao Paulo

Deadline: 06-Nov-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

São Paulo has approximately 6,500 signaled crossings a system which was first

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established in the 70s. Since then, it underwent through two major attempts of technological renewal, without success. The public perception is of a system prone to failure, especially during rainy season. Last year, more than 35k incidents were reported. 70% of failures are due to wear and tear on equipment. The system is vulnerable to Brazilian inconstant power grid. Finally, most lights operate without central communication.

The WB is selecting a firm to provide technical advice to the City of Sao Paulo on their smart traffic lights program, with resources from the UK Prosperity Fund for Mobility. Considering the current infrastructure and traffic in São Paulo as well as the maturity of available solutions, the TA will compare technologies and develop an economic analysis to propose a strategy of gradual investments in the system to obtain increasing levels of service and sustainability.

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