Technology

World Future Energy Summit Addresses Jobs, Energy Access and Africa's Potential [viewed]

energy-jobs-irena24 January 2014: Participants at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) discussed developments and challenges in renewable energy technology deployment, including on: policy; finance; jobs; energy access and poverty; and the water and energy nexus. 

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IRENA Holds First Renewable Energy Jobs Conference [viewed]

irena-energy-jobs21 January 2014: The Renewable Energy Jobs Conference, organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), took place in connection with the World Future Energy Summit. The Conference discussed how the renewables sector has become a significant employer with potential for creating millions more jobs worldwide in coming years.

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IRENA Releases Roadmap to Double Global Renewable Energy Share [viewed]

IRENA19 January 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a roadmap for doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030. The report, titled 'REmap 2030 – A Renewable Energy Roadmap: Summary of Findings,' concludes that the global renewable energy share could reach 30% by 2030 through existing policies and technologies.

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APFM Highlights Publications on Flood Management, Forecasting and Mapping [viewed]

apfmJanuary 2014: The Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM), a partnership between the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO), has introduced three publications in the Integrated Flood Management (IFM) Tool Series in their January 2014 Newsletter. The publications address flood forecasting and early warning, transboundary flood management, and flood mapping.

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Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project Seeks to Enable Countries to Grow Economies, Decrease Emissions [viewed]

unsdsn23 January 2014: Countries need to develop long-term “deep decarbonization” pathways to limit global temperature rise to below 2°C and avoid a business-as-usual scenario, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Developing such pathways will require, inter alia, unprecedented technological diffusion and innovation, infrastructure building, financial mechanisms and regulation, and consumer behavior changes.

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European Commission Analyzes Energy Prices and Costs [viewed]

European Union 22 January 2014: The European Commission has released the 'Energy Prices and Costs Report,' which seeks to inform policy makers on recent energy price increases in Europe and their impact on energy consumers. The report describes the drivers for rising retail energy prices, with a focus on electricity and gas, and analyzes how their prices have evolved in recent years in different EU member States.

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January 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank AFDB21 January 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) made a number of investments in the water and sanitation sector in January 2014, including in Albania, Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Madagascar, the Russian Federation, Togo and Viet Nam, for projects aimed at improving basic urban services, providing rural access to water supply and sanitation, expanding hydromet systems to monitor hydrological information, and improve the climate resilience of irrigated agriculture and water supply and sanitation services, among others.

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EIB, Masdar to Fast-Track Clean Energy Investment [viewed]

masdar-eib20 January 2014: The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, have signed a framework agreement to support joint investment opportunities for developing and financing clean energy projects in North Africa and the Middle East.

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New CTCN Director Appointed [viewed]

Unep Logo18 January 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that Jukka Uosukainen has been appointed as the Director of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), the operational arm of the UNFCCC's Technology Mechanism.

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Event: Seventh GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium [viewed]

Information and expertise on Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) implementation in the Asia-Pacific region will be exchanged under five working groups on: the Asian Water Cycle Initiative; agriculture and food security; forest carbon tracking; Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network; and ocean observation and society.  

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