Mitigation

World Bank, GEF Support Eco-City Project in China [viewed]

22 July 2010: The World Bank has approved a US$6.16 Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to support the Sino-Singapore Eco-City Project (SSTECP) in Tianjin, China, an area of 34.2 square kilometers that is designed to become a model of energy and resource efficiency while maintaining economic viability and social harmony.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Briefs Press on the Status of Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

22 July 2010: Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, held a press conference in Bonn, Germany, on 22 July 2010, describing the status of the climate change negotiation process.

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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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UNEP Opens Applications for SEED Awards [viewed]

20 July 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the opening of applications for the 2010 SEED Awards. The annual competition, run by the SEED Initiative, which is hosted by UNEP, aims to identify and help develop the most promising social and environmental start-ups in emerging and developing countries.

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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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World Bank Publishes Report on Transport-Related Emissions in Chinese Cities [viewed]

22 July 2010: The World Bank has published a working paper titled "Urban Transport and CO2 emissions: Some evidence from Chinese cities" that seeks to establish a baseline for carbon dioxide transport-related emissions in China.

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Renewables Initiatives Announced at Clean Energy Ministerial [viewed]

21 July 2010: Ministers and industry leaders from 24 countries representing over 80% of the world's energy and a similar percentage of the world's market for clean energy technologies met in Washington DC, US, on 19-20 July 2010, to participate in the first Clean Energy Ministerial.

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FAO/UN-REDD Draft Protocol on Terrestrial Carbon Open for Review [viewed]

21 July 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), as part of the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD Programme), is developing a project to systematically analyze literature on methods used to measure and assess terrestrial carbon stocks, using an evidence-based approach.

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CDM Executive Board Launches Call for Public Inputs on Draft Methodology [viewed]

21 July 2010: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched a call for public inputs on the draft methodology “Consolidated methodology for electricity and heat generation from biomass residues” prepared by the CDM Methodologies Panel.

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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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