socio-economic drivers

Fertilizer consumption by region – 5 key markets (million tons nutrient consumption)

“Fertilizer demand is mostly influenced by the evolution of the planted area and yields, the crop mix, crop prices and fertilizer-to-crop price ratios, fertilizer subsidy regimes, nutrient management regulations, nutrient recycling practices, and innovation. Nitrogen is by far the largest nutrient accounting for 60% of total consumption. Phosphorus (phosphate) and Potassium fertilizers are primarily applied [...]

By |September 28th, 2017|Categories: Graph Analysis|Tags: , , , |

Weighted average cost of capital of onshore wind energy across EU (in percent)

“In general, projects in southern and eastern Europe have higher financing costs than those in western and northern Europe. But financing costs also vary between countries with similar macroeconomic conditions. For example, wind power in Sweden report weighted average cost of capital (WACC) for equity and debt of 7.4 to 9.0 percent, significantly more than the [...]

By |September 28th, 2017|Categories: Graph Analysis|Tags: , , |

Access to modern energy services in high-impact countries

“Total finance commitments for residential clean cooking were estimated to average $32 million over 2013-14 for the 20 high-impact countries. International public funding was the largest source representing 80 percent of the overall flows in the two-year period. While public finance accounted for much of the finance for clean cooking, commercial lending to small enterprises [...]

By |September 21st, 2017|Categories: Graph Analysis|Tags: , , , |

Countries affected by conflict have lower socio-economic status

This study that analysed socio-economic conditions prior to the outbreak of conflict found that in countries with low socioeconomic indicators – such as higher rates of child mortality, poverty, food insecurity and undernutrition – there is a higher risk of conflict.

“In contrast, the same study found that levels of per capita income, GDP growth, and having access [...]

By |September 21st, 2017|Categories: Graph Analysis|Tags: , , , |

Mexico’s private sector calls for govt action amid fuel price hikes – BNamericas – 03/01/2017

The jarring hike in fuel prices starting this month, sparking widespread protests and public outrage, has led Mexico's private sector to call on the nation's institutions to more aggressively tackle the deficit, taking action on fiscal spending, monetary policy and policies addressing investment and employment.

Source:  BNamericas, 2017/01/03

By |January 5th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Swiss Voters Divided Over Costly Environmental Policy Choices – The Wire – 25/12/2016

In Switzerland, specific and often costly environmental policies are put to test through direct democracy.

Source:  The Wire, 2016/12/25

By |January 5th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Britain facing energy crisis that could see families pay extra to keep the lights on while neighbours ‘sit in the dark’ – The Telegraph – 12/12/2016

Britain's increasing reliance on "intermittent" renewable energy means that the country is facing an unprecedented supply crisis, a senior Ofgem executive has warned.

Source:  The Telegraph, 2016/12/12

By |December 15th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Mozambique: World Bank Warns of ‘Uncertain Outlook’ – – 12/12/2016

Events over the past year have shaken Mozambique's macro-economic stability and “the sharp deterioration in economic conditions is having a deep impact on Mozambican households, especially the poor”, warns the World Bank in its latest report on the country.

Source:, 2016/12/12

By |December 15th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Croatia public sector unions reject govt offer on wage hike – Mail Online – 07/12/2016

Public sector trade unions on Wednesday rejected a wage bill increase proposed by the Croatian government and invited the country's conservative prime minister to join the negotiations in person.

Source:  Mail Online, 2016/12/07

By |December 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Philippine foreign worker boom damped by energy price falls – FT – 04/12/2016

Remittance slowdown threatens to damage pillar of strong economic growth

Source:  FT, 2016/12/04

By |December 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |