I've read this book multiple times because I share the belief that while having talent and intelligence is important, possessing grit - a combination of passion and perseverance - is crucial in achieving one's goals. It's not uncommon to know brilliant individuals who haven't been able to succeed. Angela Duckworth's "Grit: The Power of Passion … Continue reading On Grit !
Discussion on climate finance in Tunisia
During the TICIEF'23 conference held in Hammamet, Tunisia on May 13th and 14th, I had the privilege of presenting the findings from the report titled "Climate Finance Readiness Index MENAT 2023" This annual report evaluates the state of climate finance in the MENA region and Türkiye, providing recommendations for policy interventions based on international best … Continue reading Discussion on climate finance in Tunisia
Rountable on Climate finance in Türkiye
On March 6th 2023, Participation Banks Association of Türkiye (TKBB) and Green for South organizeda roundtable on climate finance. During the roundtable, Dr Ahmed Tahiri Jouti and Dr WaelMohamed Aaminou, Co-Founders and Managing Partners at Green For South Inc. delivered threepresentations. The first one was on the outcomes of the report titled ‘’Climate Finance ReadinessIndex … Continue reading Rountable on Climate finance in Türkiye
Climate change : Coping with a + 2.7°C world !
Using publicly disclosed GHG emissions reduction targets by companies in G7 economies as a proxy, a CDP’s analysis shows that current emissions reduction targets are leading to a 2.7°C decarbonization pathway — or 2.4°C if emissions from corporate supply chains, known as Scope 3 emissions are excluded. This ambition is well above the Paris Agreement’s … Continue reading Climate change : Coping with a + 2.7°C world !
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
A bright future for Electric Vehicules (BCG)
According to a study by BCG, electric vehicules would account for 20% of global light-vehicle sales in 2025 and 59% in 2035. However, the industry has to deal in the short term with: Supply shortage and price volatility in the metals needed to make EV batteries such as lithium and nickelAn insufficient charging infrastructure.
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