Intergovernmental Organization

IEA Reports: China Becomes the World's Largest Energy Consumer [viewed]

20 July 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced that China's energy consumption has surpassed that of the US sooner than expected, and is now the highest in the world.

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Event: IRENA: Fourth Session of the Preparatory Commission [viewed]

This meeting will be the fourth and final session of the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) Preparatory Commission. IRENA became a fully-fledged international organization on 8 July 2010, with the 25th ratification of its statute. The agenda will include: the nomination of a second interim Director General to replace departing interim Director General, Hélène Pelosse; propositions for the 2011 Work Programme and its budget (currently assumed to be about US$ 18 million for 2011); more closely defining its permanent institutions; the planning of the first General Assembly; and presentations of winner of the “Solar for all” design competition.  

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IEA Releases Updated Report on Gaps in Clean Energy Development [viewed]

21 July 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report aimed at decision makers titled “Global Gaps in Clean Energy RD&D: Update and Recommendations for International Collaboration.”

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UNFCCC Receives AWG-KP Submissions [viewed]

19 July 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has received  a number of submissions from parties that will be considered by the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol at its 13th session (AWG- KP 13), which will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 2-6 August 2010.

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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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