Blue Skies, Blue Seas : Air Pollution, Marine Plastics, and Coastal Erosion in the Middle East and North Africa

Very timely book by the World Bank on Air Pollution, Marine Plastics, and Coastal Erosion in MENA. Unfortunately, 1) MENA’s cities are on average more than 5 times as air-polluted as recommended by WHO guidelines.  2) MENA’s seas are amongst the most plastics-polluted internationally and 3) in Maghreb region, coastal erosion is about 10 times … Continue reading Blue Skies, Blue Seas : Air Pollution, Marine Plastics, and Coastal Erosion in the Middle East and North Africa

How Big Finance Can Scale Up Sustainability

Three recommendations to address the funding challenge for sustainable projects:- First, pooling many smaller sustainable projects into one that has enough critical mass to be relevant through securitization- Second, reducing the complexity of key transaction terms and make it easier to design and negotiate the specifics of instruments used to invest in sustainable projects through … Continue reading How Big Finance Can Scale Up Sustainability

State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2022

This report by the World Bank provides an up-to-date overview of existing and emerging carbon pricing instruments around the world, including international, national and subnational initiatives. It also investigates trends surrounding the development and implementation of carbon pricing instruments and how they could accelerate the delivery of long-term mitigation goals. Specifically, this includes the use … Continue reading State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2022

Don’t look up : Transforming the Amazon forest from a lung to a chimney

It is supposed to be the earth lung, but the Amazon rainforest is now emitting more carbon dioxide than it is able to absorb. Put differently, it is a source of CO2, rather than a sink! Reasons: Most of the emissions are caused by fires, many deliberately set to clear land for beef and soy … Continue reading Don’t look up : Transforming the Amazon forest from a lung to a chimney

Arab pension funds and ESG engagement

This report produced by the AMF and UNDP summarizes the results of a regional survey of Arab pension funds and their current level of engagement with Environment, Social and Governance. As for climate risks and opportunities integration, the road is still long. That’s why recommendations include, among others, adopting TCFD guidelines and developing internal capacity … Continue reading Arab pension funds and ESG engagement

Do higher ESG scores mean lower carbon footprint?

“Limits to Private Climate Change Mitigation” is an interesting working paper by the IMF on the link between ESG scores and carbon footprint. In principle, greater attention from climate-conscious investors, shareholders, regulators and the general public on ESG considerations should normally encourage firms to improve their ESG scores and, in the process, bring down emissions. … Continue reading Do higher ESG scores mean lower carbon footprint?

Migrations internes induites par le changement climatique : Que doit faire le Maroc ?

Un autre rapport qui nous rappelle à quel point le changement climatique est un énorme défi pour le Maroc ainsi que les autres pays du Maghreb. Ce rapport se focalise précisément sur l’impact des changements climatiques sur les migration internes des populations. Avant d’aborder les recommandations, le rapport énonce les observations suivantes : ** Les ressources en … Continue reading Migrations internes induites par le changement climatique : Que doit faire le Maroc ?

My latest report on financial inclusion in Maghreb countries (published by IKAM)

İKAM Country Report Series, the analysis of the relevant countries in terms of research, education, institutions, finance, implications, and policies is desired to be done to reveal the existing state the Islamic economics in today’s world. In this context, İKAM publishes its 10th Country Report prepared by Wail Mohamed Aaminou on Maghreb Countries (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia). … Continue reading My latest report on financial inclusion in Maghreb countries (published by IKAM)