bneGREEN: Global investors turn to green energy and away from fossil fuels

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 21, 2021

The world’s largest global debt and equity investors are continuing to invest in renewable energy despite the pandemic, driven by the wealth of investment opportunities, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said.

Reports indicate Iran’s drought protests threaten to escalate to Tehran

bne IntelIiNews July 21, 2021

Police officer shot dead in Khuzestan. Military starts shipping water tankers to the province as unrest continues for sixth night.

Iran’s “vaccine tourists” sleeping on streets of Yerevan after tightening of rules

bne IntelIiNews July 19, 2021

Taxi drivers charging Iranians seeking jabs $120 for round trip from Tehran to Armenian border.

Water stress protests break out in Iran’s southwest

bne IntelIiNews July 16, 2021

Anger over effects of severe drought add to difficulties and tensions seen over lack of water in Central Asia and Turkey.

bneGREEN: Drought causes mass livestock die-offs and irrigation water shortages in Central Asia

bne IntelIiNews July 15, 2021

Studies detect shifts in precipitation patterns in the Tian Shan mountains that supply region with much of its freshwater.

US sweetens Iran’s path to restoring nuclear deal by unfreezing bank funds in Japan, Korea

bne IntelIiNews July 14, 2021

Separately, president Rouhani criticises Iranian regime’s top officials for foiling his attempt to secure revived accord in final months of his administration.

COMMENT: Uzbekistan will have to host Afghan refugees in the near future

independent analyst Abdulla Abdukadirov July 13, 2021

Issue one of many to be addressed by July 15-16 conference, "Central and South Asia: regional dependence. Threats and opportunities", convened on initiative of Uzbek president.

bneGREEN: BlackRock raises $250mn to fund climate transition in emerging markets

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 13, 2021

BlackRock has raised $250mn from a consortium of ten institutional investors, governments and charities for its flagship blended finance fund, which aims to help emerging market economies reduce carbon emissions.

bneGREEN: EU carbon pricing set for radical reforms

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 13, 2021

The European Commission is to publish legislation on July 14 that will detail the EU’s plans, dubbed “Fit for 55,” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% from 1990 levels by 2030 as part of wider reforms to European energy and climate laws.

Kremlin holds Afghan peace talks with Taliban in Moscow

Ben Aris in Berlin July 12, 2021

The delegation of top fighters turned up saying the Taliban already controls most of Afghanistan.

Perspectives - What to expect from the new Iranian president – a view from the Caucasus

Eldar Mamedov political adviser to the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament July 8, 2021

The election of a hardliner could augur a more security-oriented approach by Tehran toward Armenia and Azerbaijan.

bneGREEN: What is green?

bne IntelliNews July 6, 2021

Defining green energy and indeed green investments is not an exact science, Determining just how green each of the various energy sources are gets complicated once you start digging into the details.

Iran shuts down several cities as coronavirus 'fifth wave' hits

bne IntelliNews July 5, 2021

Tehran and several other cities across Iran have been told to close non-essential businesses and services in a bid to deal with the latest so-called fifth wave of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus vaccine tourism from Iran to Armenia explodes

Daniel Rad in Dublin July 5, 2021

Armenia has seen a marked increase in Iranians crossing the border of the country to get vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19) in recent weeks, Tik reported on July 4.

bneGREEN: Hydro’s elderly turbines need fresh investment to contribute to net zero

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 30, 2021

Hydro needs new investment to replace elderly infrastructure and accelerate the road to net zero, the IEA says.

bneGREEN: the climbing cost of carbon

Richard Lockhart June 25, 2021

The cost of joining the global movement towards net zero is not yet fully known, and both governments and corporations with the highest levels of both greenhouse gas emissions and energy intensity face the highest costs for carbon.

Khamenei given Iran-made coronavirus vaccine shot

bne IntelIiNews June 25, 2021

COVIran Barekat has greater efficacy than China’s Sinopharm, Iranians say.

bneGREEN: Most green energy beats coal on price in 2020

Richard Lockhart June 24, 2021

162 GW, or 62%, of new renewable capacity was cheaper than new fossil fuel-fired generation in 2020

No sign election of Raisi as Iran’s president will derail efforts to restore nuclear deal

bne IntelIiNews June 19, 2021

Now that they have presidency in the bag, hardliners may tolerate agreement with US that would give country sorely needed economic lift.

Raisi to be Iran's next president

bne IntelIiNews June 18, 2021

Hardline cleric moves into unassailable lead in vote count.