Technology

UNFCCC, ILO Strengthen Collaboration on Climate, Green Economy [viewed]

unfccc-ilo27 August 2014: Guy Rider, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), and Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), have released a joint statement highlighting the socioeconomic benefits of a transition to a green economy, including social inclusion, poverty alleviation and better jobs. According to the statement, shifting to a green economy could generate an additional 60 million jobs over the next 20 years.

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Lighting Global Urges Shift from Kerosene to Solar Lights [viewed]

lighting.globalAugust 2014: Lighting Global has released a study, titled ‘Energy and Carbon Benefits of Pico Powered Lighting,' which confirms that modern solar lighting products designed for low-income families without access to grid electricity are far more energy efficient than kerosene lamps. Through Lighting Global, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank collaborate to support sustainable growth of the global off-grid lighting market in order to increase access to modern lighting services for people without access to reliable electricity.

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PACC Project Completes Climate-Reslient Harbor in Cook Islands [viewed]

PACC22 August 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has reported that, as part of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project (PACC), the Cook Islands have completed a climate-resilient harbor for the island of Mangaia. In addition, the tool developed to design the harbor can be used to design other coastal infrastructure in the Cook Islands.

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First World Weather Open Science Conference Pushes for Improved Forecasting Accuracy [viewed]

wwosc201425 August 2014: The first World Weather Open Science Conference reviewed progress made in weather science and forecasting over the last decade, and investigated possibilities for further scientific breakthroughs in the future. The Conference brought together more than 1,000 meteorologists, forecasters, social scientists and application developers from over 50 countries.

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UNFCCC TEC Addresses Links Between Technology and Finance Mechanisms [viewed]

UNFCCC21 August 2014: The ninth meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC 9) of the UNFCCC discussed, among other things, matters related to: the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN); technology needs assessments (TNAs), including good practices of results and possible linkages between TNAs and other processes; enabling environments and barriers, including preparation of a national systems of innovation workshop; and climate technology financing, including a draft value proposition paper and a thematic dialogue on climate technology financing.

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ADB Assesses Climate Change Costs in South Asia [viewed]

ADB19 August 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has published a report, titled ‘Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and Adaptation in South Asia,' which predicts that by 2050, the collective economy of six countries - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka - will see an average annual economic loss of around 1.8% of GDP by 2050 that could rise to 8.8% in 2100 if the “world continues on its current fossil fuel-intensive path.”

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OAS, Guatemala Promote Ethanol Use [viewed]

guatemala-oas7 August 2014: The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Guatemala have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to implement a pilot project on the blending and use of ethanol, and to support the formation a Technical Unit on Biofuels. The project could result in savings of nearly US$104 million in oil imports for Guatemala.

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CEM Workshop Focuses on Energy Efficiency, Demand Response in India [viewed]

6 August 2014: A workshop held under the auspices of the Clean Energy MinisterialClean Energy Ministerial (CEM) brought together air conditioning (AC) manufacturers, providers of demand response technologies, and regulatory experts, to consider how India can best employ energy efficiency and demand response to meet the challenges of rising electricity demand, especially as AC unit sales and usage skyrocket in the country.

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FS-UNEP Highlights Climate Finance Projects and Training [viewed]

fs-unep-centreAugust 2014: The Frankfurt School (FS)-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance has published its sixth newsletter, which highlights, inter alia, work the Centre has carried out to increase the resilience of microfinance institutions (MFIs), to shift finance toward climate-friendly investments and to equip professionals to become climate and renewable energy finance experts.

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DESA to Recognize Innovative Sustainable Energy Practices [viewed]

DESAJuly 2014: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched an initiative to identify, disseminate and scale up successful experiences and best practices in sustainable energy and sustainable development. The initiative will disburse an annual grant of US$1 million for institutions or individuals demonstrating leadership and innovation in practices aimed at meeting the global energy challenge.

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