Technology

UNIDO Urges Kazakhstan to Invest in Renewable Energy [viewed]

2 July 2010: During an official visit to Kazakhstan, Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), urged Kazakhstan to increase energy efficiency and develop renewable energy sources in order to de-carbonize the power sector, help promote energy security and address climate change issues.

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Africa Energy Forum Considers Renewable Energy and Biofuels Development in Africa [viewed]

2 July 2010: The Africa Energy Forum, which took place from 28 June-1 July 2010, in Basel, Switzerland, examined the interlinkages among environmental concerns, development goals and power supply in Africa.

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GBEP Newsletter Highlights Progress on Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

1 July 2010: The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has published its eighth newsletter, which discusses, inter alia, the recent G8 Summit in Muskoka, Canada, GBEP's new partners, and new online resources for greenhouse gas (GHG) measurement.

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Event: IEA Workshop on Sustainable Feedstock Supply for Bioenergy and Biofuels [viewed]

In preparation for two bioenergy reports in its Technology Roadmap series, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is holding a workshop on bioenergy and biofuels feedstocks relating specifically to biomass and land availability, international biomass trade, supply costs and sustainability-related topics. The workshop's sessions will focus, inter alia, on assessing biomass potential and identifying knowledge gaps, identifying steps necessary to ensure sustainability of supply, and furthering public-private-partnerships and international cooperation on ensuring sustainable production.  

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IEA Releases Report on Energy Technology for Decision Makers [viewed]

1 July 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published the 2010 edition of its series “Energy Technology Perspectives,” which aims to inform decision makers on the technological actions necessary to realize the energy revolution IEA says is necessary to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 50% by 2050 (compared to 2005 levels).

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IEA Releases Paper on Deploying Renewable Energy Technologies in Southeast Asia [viewed]

1 July 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a working paper titled “Renewables in Southeast Asian Countries: Trends and Potentials,” which provides an analysis of the constraints and opportunities to scaling up renewable energy use in the electricity, heating and transport sectors of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

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International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources Opens Call for Proposals [viewed]

July 2010: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has opened its biennial call for proposals to access funds from the $10 million Benefit-sharing Fund. The thematic focus for this call is on ensuring sustainable food security by assisting farmers to adapt to climate change through activities related to the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.

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UNFCCC Publishes AWG-LCA Agenda for August Meeting [viewed]

30 June 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the provisional annotated agenda (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/9) for the 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 11), which will take place from 2-6 August 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

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African Rice Research Aims to Meet Food Security Goals and Respond to Climate Change [viewed]

21 May 2010: The Africa Rice Center has reported on new research that shows that African rice is not inherently lower yielding than Asian rice and describes the adaptability of African rice to harsh growing conditions in Africa, hence its value for developing improved varieties suited to a changing climate.

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UNIDO Outlines Priority Cooperation Areas in Azerbaijan [viewed]

29 June 2010: During an official visit to Azerbaijan, Kandeh Yumkella, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General, highlighted that energy and environment remain a priority area of cooperation.

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