Intergovernmental Organization

UNEP Releases Global Trends in Green Energy 2009 Reports [viewed]

16 July 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) have released UNEP's Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2010, and the REN21's Renewables 2010 Global Status Report.

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OECD Report Suggests Tiered System for National Communications [viewed]

June 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a paper with suggestions for improving national measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) titled “Core Elements of National Reports.”

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Brazil-EU Summit Addresses Sustainable Development and Bioenergy [viewed]

14 July 2010: The fourth Brazil-EU Summit was held in Brasília, Brazil, on 14 July 2010, and attended by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. The resulting joint statement contains a section titled “Sustainable development, climate change, energy and biodiversity.”

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EIB Funds Low-Carbon Vehicle Engine Research at Ford [viewed]

12 July 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide GBP 450 million to the car-maker Ford for the development of low-carbon emission diesel and petrol engines.

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EU's JRC Announces Methodology for Calculating Carbon Stock Changes Related to Biofuels Production [viewed]

9 July 2010: The EU's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has created a methodology for predicting and measuring carbon change in soils and biomass due to land use changes, particularly those related to biofuels production.

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EU Commission Prepares for Third Phase of EU ETS [viewed]

9 July 2010: The European Commission has adopted a decision determining for the first time a cap on the number of emission allowances that will be available under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) in 2013, the beginning of the third phase of the System covering the 2013-2020 trading period. It also launched a tool to estimate fuel consumption by small aircraft operators as part of their compliance with the EU ETS.

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CARICOM Summit Discusses Position Ahead of Cancun [viewed]

7 July 2010: The 31st Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from 4-7 July 2010, to discuss, among other things, climate change issues.

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EU Launches Consultation on EIA Directive [viewed]

6 July 2010: The European Commission has launched a public consultation in relation to the review of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive. The consultation covers, among other things, the development of synergies with other EU policies, such as climate change and biodiversity.

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Report on EU Renewable Energy Published [viewed]

5 July 2010: The European Commission's Joint Research Centre published the report "Renewable Energy Snapshots," which shows that renewable energy sources accounted for 62% (17GW) of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU27 in 2009.

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Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre Opens in West Africa [viewed]

6 July 2010: A new regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) opened in Praia, Cape Verde, on 6 July. The Centre is supported by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Governments of Austria, Cape Verde and Spain, as well as through a special partnership between Brazil and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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