This report is a follow-up to the green paper on renewable energy policy in Russia: Waking the Green Giant. It provides a legal analysis of financing mechanisms for renewable energy investments on the Russian wholesale and retail electricity markets and in the heating sector. It examines the regulatory developments concerning tariffs and the promotion of renewable energy sources through the wholesale capacity market.
Publish Date: 2/25/14
The report introduces Russia’s capacity-based support scheme, adopted on May 28th, 2013, and examines how the authorities have integrated the variability of renewable energy sources into the regulation of capacity supply. The central question of the report is whether the authorities have created a regulatory framework that will incentivize investment in renewable energy projects in Russia.
Publish Date: 1/22/14
This report presents the performance of IFC’s Sustainable Business Advisory (SBA) during fiscal year 2013 and highlights recent projects and achievements as well as lessons learned and strategic priorities. During this period, SBA largely exceeded its targets, helping clients mobilize $891 million in financing, of which $200 million was IFC’s own investment in clients, sustainable business models, and projects that create value for companies, communities and the environment.
Publish Date: 1/9/14
The report analyzes the role of the federal subjects (regions) as alternative drivers of renewable energy policy in Russia. In particular, it examines how regions could stimulate the development of renewable energy sources in their electricity systems by establishing tariffs for the electricity produced from renewable energy sources (RES-E). The report also examines political and regulatory obstacles to the adoption of such regional support.
Publish Date: 12/10/13
This report outlines how investing in women’s employment has led to enhanced business performance and productivity for companies in diverse countries and sectors. It was produced by WINvest, a World Bank Group partnership with the private sector for promoting women’s employment.
Publish Date: 10/11/13
This brochure contains practical aspects of implementation of prerequisite programs which are fundamental for effective functioning of a food safety management system at food processing companies. The brochure was prepared in cooperation with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus. 850 Russian and 50 English copies were published in 2013 and distributed among food processing companies, HACCP training participants, state officials, and partner organizations.
Publish Date: 10/1/13
Supply chain risk has become a major area of concern for companies in the agribusiness sector, as well as for their customers, financiers, and external stakeholders. This Good Practice Handbook is intended for those agro-commodity companies that want to better manage supply chain environmental and social risks. The Handbook focuses on five major agro-commodity supply chains—palm oil, soy, sugarcane, cocoa, and coffee—but many of the tools, resources, and case studies can be used as guidance for other agro-commodities.
Publish Date: 8/1/13
This Good Practice Handbook on Cumulative Impact Assessment and Management: Guidance for the Private Sector in Emerging Markets proposes a six-step process to assist private sector companies in emerging markets identify cumulative impacts and guide them in the effective design and implementation of measures to manage such cumulative effects.
Publish Date: 8/1/13
This handbook is for firms who wish to expand their supply chains by working with smallholder farmers. It is designed as an overview of key topics for sustainability and supply chain managers at agribusinesses, plantation companies, and extractives.
Publish Date: 7/1/13
This manual is a practical tool to promote the development of Performance-Based Contracts with the intention of helping water utility companies improve their operational efficiency levels, reduce their water losses, and increase the quality of their services.
Publish Date: 6/30/13
In 2012, IFC invited extraordinary business leaders in environmental and social sustainability to describe the challenges they face and the role that governments and regulators should play. As a follow-up, in 2013, IFC asked the same business leaders to discuss the impact of Rio+20 on their pursuit of the “green” growth path. The private sector holds some of the keys for creating a more sustainable future. One year ago, was a time for leadership: now, it is time for action.
This brochure highlights sustainability resources produced or co-produced by IFC's Environment, Social and Governance Department (CES), the Sustainable Business Advisory (SBA) and the Climate Business Department (CBG). These resources include publications, tools, and learning & training programs. While not exhaustive, this brochure offers a navigation point for users on some of IFC's key sustainability resources.
Publish Date: 6/12/13
This issue highlights how IFC works with the private sector to promote inclusive economic development in the region, where more than 35 percent of the world's poor live. The brochure showcases real life stories of how people in China, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and other countries benefit from IFC projects, which help create jobs, increase their income levels, and make economic growth as equitable as possible.
Publish Date: 6/5/13
This report presents analysis of a database of global geothermal drilling success. The database, compiled by IFC, covers geothermal fields that together supply power to 71 percent of the world’s installed geothermal electricity generating capacity, making it the largest database of its kind. This report analyzes that data to gain a better understanding of the probability of drilling a successful well, and the factors that influence such success, which will be of interest to geothermal developers, and to financers engaged in the risk assessment of such projects.
Produced by Vital Voices Global Partnership in cooperation with IFC and the MENA Businesswomen’s Network, this report surveyed 431 women business owners across 8 economies in the Middle East and North Africa to understand their needs, the critical obstacles they face in accessing finance, and identify real solutions to increase the economic contributions of women-owned SMEs.
The report captures the discussions among banking regulators and executives at the first International Green Credit Forum hosted by IFC and the China Banking Regulatory Commission in Beijing in May 2012. It also covers emerging market regulatory initiatives, China’s Green Credit Policy and international Equator Banks’ experiences.
The Guide outlines procedures and exploration techniques for geothermal projects and provides guidelines for presenting a geothermal project to funding entities and insurance companies. A focus is placed on high temperature geothermal resources for electricity generation.
This publication highlights the lessons of experience from the IFC-PERU Liquefied Natural Gas (PLNG) project. A focus on continuous improvement and adaptive management throughout the project, and an emphasis on stakeholder engagement and participatory monitoring are among lessons that are useful across sectors.
Publish Date: 3/1/13
The Handbook on Sustainability Reporting - a guide for listed companies in Vietnam, was produced by IFC in collaboration with the State Securities Commission of Vietnam (SSC), the Vietnamese stock exchanges, and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).The publication helps companies understand, manage and disclose their environmental and social performance, and take first steps towards meeting their sustainable development goals.
The publication includes a set of technical papers developed under the Low Carbon Technology Roadmap for Indian Cement Industry project, which is implemented with support from IFC. The content of the report falls under five categories : co-processing of alternative fuels and raw materials, improved thermal and electrical efficiency, clinker substitution, waste heat recovery and newer technologies such as nanotechnology.