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April 2019
253 8/4/2019
April 2019 Electricity is a prerequisite for electric cars In an attempt to reduce pollution caused by the transport sector, the Lebanese government recently announced incentives to promote electric and hybrid cars. The measures comprised full tax and tariff exemption for vehicles fully running on electric motors, and a slightly lower reduction in fees on hybrid cars running on both electricity and fuel. ...more
March 2019
252 12/3/2019
March 2019 Environment action urgent, stop being complacent Najib Saab Stop being complacent, show some urgency, and get real about implementing the goals you set in 2015 for achieving sustainable development. This unvarnished message is what Jock Martin of the European Environment Agency thought should be conveyed to world leaders, based on the findings of the sixth edition of Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6). The 750-page comprehensive report, to be released on 13 March, is the flagship evidence-based product of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Jock served with us for the past five years at the High Level Group entrusted with overlooking the GEO process and preparing an action-oriented summary for policy makers. Urgent action is needed if the world governments are serious about securing a healthy planet for healthy people. Although the report might not say it as forcibly as Jock, this is ultimately the essence of the new report, which shows that the overall environmental situation is deteriorating globally and the window for action is closing. Moreover, healthy environment is not only a necessity for human health and well-being, but also a prerequisite for economic prosperity. ...more
February 2019
251 12/2/2019
February 2019 Climate between oil and meat, nations join the fight While oil-producing countries did not object, this time, to reducing carbon emissions by enhancing efficiency and introducing renewable and clean sources as a key element in the energy mix, beef-producing countries on the other hand resisted the slightest reference to the impact of their production and consumption on the environment and human health. ...more
November-December 2018
248-249 1/11/2018
November-December 2018 Financing development based on human dignity Najib Saab, issue 248-249, November 2018 Over the past 10 years, the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) reports have identified the state of Arab environment in all its aspects and proposed solutions that have contributed to endorsing numerous environmental policies in the region. ...more
January 2019
250 7/1/2019
January 2019 Why the Poland climate summit succeeded Najib Saab Despite all the hype and doomsday scenarios, the climate summit (COP 24) in Poland reaffirmed the commitment of countries to confront together a global dilemma that threatens everyone. The summit unanimously concluded with an arrangement that set practical steps to implement the Paris Agreement, in order to keep the global temperature rise “well below 2 degrees C.” True that they did not specifically commit to below 1.5 degrees as called for in the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which reflected scientific consensus; however, there was no fallback on the Paris commitments, and the process is moving toward 2020, the actual starting date for the implementation. This is also the time set for countries to make additional new commitments to reduce emissions. ...more
October 2018
247 2/10/2018
October 2018 Arab banks discussing financing sustainable development goals in a regional meeting is in itself a major accomplishment; endorsing green banking is, nonetheless, an unprecedented achievement. The tone ushers a new direction not appreciated before. Simply put, the Arab banking sector is starting to realize that it cannot cater for changing development goals without adopting new vision and innovative approach. ...more
September 2018
246 3/9/2018
September 2018 In 2000, the late Prime Minister Rafic Hariri invited me to introduce environmental dimensions into his parliamentary elections platform, while the economic and social aspects were assigned to Bassel Fleihan. Upon being appointed Prime Minister following his election victory, Hariri included this environmental program in the cabinet statement, which was consequently approved by parliament in the autumn of that year. This was the first time that a bold and clear environmental policy was introduced into a government program in Lebanon. Implementation was hampered by political disputes. Read the Arabic editorial here: ...more
July-August 2018
244 5/7/2018
July-August 2018 Read the Arabic editorial here: ...more
June 2018
243 4/6/2018
June 2018 ...more
May 2018
242 2/5/2018
May 2018 The Alternative Investment Najib Saab May 2018 According to a report recently released by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Frankfurt School of Finance and Bloomberg, the sun has become the most attractive source for new investments in global energy production. Investments in solar energy reached $161 billion last year, producing 98 gigawatts of electricity. This goes far beyond any other source, including coal, gas, oil and nuclear power. It is also worth noting that most of the increase occurred in China, which alone exceeded half the investments in new energy. ...more
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