The Solutions Center is designed to assist Clean Energy Ministerial countries and partners with the design and adoption of clean energy policies and deployment programs. It serves as a virtual clearinghouse of clean energy policy information and tools and leverages assistance available through other Clean Energy Ministerial initiatives. It also offers peer-to-peer learning, remote expert assistance, and online training. The center will also benefit clean energy entrepreneurs, engineers, and investors by affording them better access to information about policy developments, and therefore facilitating development and delivery of technology solutions more quickly and at a lower cost.
EX-ACT (Ex Ante Appraisal Carbon-balance Tool) was jointly developed by three FAO divisions (Policy and Programme Development Support Division [TCS] formerly Policy Assistance and Resource Mobilization Division [TCA], Investment Centre Division [TCI] and Agricultural Development Economics Division [ESA]). It is aimed at providing ex-ante estimations of the impact of agriculture and forestry development projects on GHG emissions and carbon sequestration, indicating its effects on the carbon balance. The EX-ACT tool computes the carbon balance with and without the project. The difference represents the potential impact of the project in terms of mitigation, indicating the net amount of carbon sequestered (carbon sink) or emitted (carbon source) as a result of the project.
The FAO's Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS) project has developed an Analytical Framework and a Tool Box which provide the means for assessing the multiple environmental and socio-economic dimensions and implications of bioenergy developments in specific country contexts. The country specific information generated by the tools is key in providing information to policy makers to ensure that bioenergy policy development is evidence based and aligned with the food security and overall sustainable development objectives of the country.
Based on the BEFS Analytical Framework, the FAO's Bioenergy and Food Security Criteria and Indicators (BEFSCI) project has developed a set of criteria, indicators, good practices and policy options on sustainable bioenergy production that foster rural development and food security. BEFSCI aims to: inform the development of national frameworks aimed at preventing the risk of negative impacts (and increasing the opportunities) of bioenergy development on food security; and help developing countries monitor and respond to the impacts of bioenergy production on food security.
Clean energy analysis tools, databases and other resources for developing countries: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) partnered to develop the ICEA, which promotes increased access to clean energy analysis tools, databases, methods and other technical resources which can be applied in developing countries. This up-to-date wiki-based dynamic platform provides toolkits on training initiatives, resource assessments, technology cost and performance, project analysis, energy system and scenario analysis,impact assessments,policy and program design,financing initiatives,global organizations and networks, and low emission planning.
REToolkit provides a broad set of tools to assist Bank staff and country counterparts to improve the design and implementation of renewable energy (RE) projects, incorporate best practices and lessons learned from RE projects supported by the WBG and other institutions, and is operationally oriented to address practical implementation needs at each stage in the RE project cycle. The toolkit aims to help identify and design feasible RE projects, determine appropriate promotional policies, identify sustainable business models, finance mechanisms and regulatory frameworks - and utilize the best available project tools, including technical standards and generic terms of reference.
Search engine for renewable energy and energy efficiency: This search engine, which provides an excellent source of country specific energy news, is structured in three main areas:
- Web: provides a search engine for clean energy information from selected relevant sources; a box on news and events and an energy blog.
- Map: allows searching for, e.g., energy news, events or actors in specific African countries by sector, e.g., hydropower;
- Actors: provides a database of around 1700 actors.
ETDEWEB is the largest database in the world covering energy-related scientific and technical information. ETDEWEB includes literature citations in English (with translation options in 34 languages) and a significant volume of full text documents (over 400,000 PDFs) on the ETDE site plus over a million links to publications hosted worldwide. Subject content includes energy R&D; energy policy and planning; energy efficiency and conservation; renewable energy technologies (e.g., solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, hydro, tidal); basic sciences (e.g., physics, chemistry and biomedical) and materials research; the environmental impact of energy production and use, including climate change; nuclear (e.g., reactors, isotopes, waste management); coal and fossil fuels; and much, much more. ETDEWEB is produced by the member countries of ETDE, an international information exchange agreement under the International Energy Agency (IEA) framework.
A wiki platform on renewable energy and development aid: Energypedia is a wiki platform where you can write, create, revise and disseminate articles providing information and your experience about technologies and approaches related to renewable energy and development aid. Furthermore you can jointly organize discussion processes and groups. Energypedia will optimize the exchange of knowledge and the joint work amongst energy experts around the world.
ClimateTechWiki offers a platform for a wide range of stakeholders in developed and developing countries who are involved in technology transfer and the wider context of low emission and low vulnerability development. ClimateTechWiki offers detailed information on a broad set of mitigation and adaptation technologies.
Energy Country Statistics
International Statistics and Analysis: A reliable and comprehensive information base is necessary to inform target-setting and to monitor outcomes. Openly available and visually attractive information presentation can support the design of innovative policies and measures, and underpin detailed analysis. UN-Energy, the interagency mechanism on energy issues of the United Nations System, and partners are taking concrete steps to enhance operational and delivery capacity by expanding its knowledge base and to share information.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization's Industrial Energy Efficiency Policy (IEEP) Database offers access to information on policy measures that have been implemented or planned to improve industrial energy efficiency at national level. The IEEP Database allows policymakers, energy analysts and advisors, energy entrepreneurs and investors, non-governmental organizations, international organizations and other users to explore information on the implementation, challenges and outcomes of industrial energy efficiency policy measures. Today, the database comprises 258 policy measures from 40 countries.
International Statistics and Analysis: The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. International Statistics and AnalysisThis specific page provides a wealth of international data, statistical reports, analyses and forecasts. Within the Analyses section, watch out for the Country Energy Profiles.
Find information on energy research, data compilations, and publications: The IEA is an intergovernmental organisation which acts as energy policy advisor to 28 member countries in their effort to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for their citizens. Current work focuses on climate change policies, market reform, energy technology collaboration and outreach to the rest of the world. With a staff of around 220, mainly energy experts and statisticians from its 28 member countries, the IEA conducts a broad programme of energy research, data compilation, publications and public dissemination of the latest energy policy analysis and recommendations on good practices. Select a country and access statistics, related country and regional information, publications and papers, and a number of other useful background.
UNdata is the brainchild of UNSD, the statistical arm of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the coordinator of statistical activities throughout the UN System. UNSD's core mission is to advance the development of the global statistical system and promote the dissemination of statistical information. This database service is part of a project launched by UNSD in 2005, called "Statistics as a Public Good", whose objectives are to provide free access to global statistics, to educate users about the importance of statistics for evidence-based policy and decision-making and to assist National Statistical Offices of Member Countries to strengthen their data dissemination capabilities. The project is implemented in partnership with Statistics Sweden and the Gapminder Foundation with partial financial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).