Mitigation

IDB Approves Energy Efficiency Project in Brazil [viewed]

27 March 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a project to provide Brazil's Usiminas steel company a loan amounting to US$200 million. The first part of the project will finance investments in a new power cogeneration plant and related equipment to produce electricity using excess heat and gases that originate from the production of the steel, allowing the Belo Horizonte-based company to cut its production costs and reduce carbon emissions.

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ITU Focus Group Proposes Methodologies for Calculating ICT Impact on GHG Emissions [viewed]

27 March 2009: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Focus Group on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Climate Change has developed standardized methodologies to calculate the impact of ICTs on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Discusses Local Participation in REDD [viewed]

27 March 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, has published an article on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

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FAO and Finland Develop Partnership Agreement on Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

27 March 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Government of Finland have established a €14 million partnership titled “Sustainable Forest Management in a Changing Climate.”

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Additional Submission from Australia on Emissions Trading and Project-based Mechanisms [viewed]

27 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.3/ADD.2) to document FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.3 on further input on how the possible improvements to emissions trading and the project-based mechanisms would function.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases LULUCF Corrigendum [viewed]

26 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a corrigendum (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.5/Corr.1) regarding a proposal submitted by Iceland for an amendment to decision 16/CMP.1 on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.5).

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World Bank Approves US$1.3 Billion Environmental Loan to Brazil [viewed]

25 March 2009: The World Bank approved a US$1.3 billion Development Policy Loan to help Brazil attain sustainable development goals linked to economic growth from Amazon sustainable development to climate change, as well as the water sector.

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ITU to Hold Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change [viewed]

March 2009: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will hold its third Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Climate Change from 8-10 July 2009, in Quito, Ecuador.

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World Bank Releases Independent Evaluation of Climate-Related Energy Lending and Management Response [viewed]

March 2009: The World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) has released a report on “Climate Change and the World Bank Group,” which finds, among other issues, that fuel pricing is a key policy affecting emissions and identifies the absence of important information for the design and management of emissions-related policies.

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CDM Executive Board Launches Call for Experts [viewed]

27 March 2009: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched a call for experts on carbon capture and storage (CCS), as agreed by the Board at its 46th meeting.

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