Technology

AU Summit Adopts Decisions on Youth Employment, Climate Change and UNCSD [viewed]

1 July 2011: The 17th session of the African Union (AU) Summit has adopted a decision on youth employment and other measures to support the Summit's theme "Youth empowerment for sustainable development," as well as decisions to prepare for the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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ECREEE Newsletter Highlights 2011 Work Plan and Budget of the Centre [viewed]

June 2011: The Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) has published its third newsletter, which highlights the review and approval by the second Executive Board meeting of ECREEE of the 2010 Status Report and the 2011 Work Plan of the Centre. The meeting took place on 28 January 2011 in Praia, Cape Verde.

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OECD Briefing Reviews Taxation, Innovation and the Environment [viewed]

June 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a briefing note titled “Taxation, Innovation and the Environment,” which illustrates how carbon and other pollution taxes, as well as similar instruments, positively affect innovation.

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Event: Second Session of the IRENA Assembly [viewed]

The second International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly is scheduled to take place in January 2012.  

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IEA Publishes Updated Technology Roadmap on Electric and Hybrid Vehicles [viewed]

5 July 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released an updated version of its “Technology Roadmaps - Electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EV/PHEV)” report, which indicates that forecasted manufacturing of electric and hybrid vehicles is behind national targets.

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REEEP Announces Funding for 21 Low-Carbon Energy Projects [viewed]

30 June 2011: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has announced €3 million in funding for 21 clean energy projects in 17 countries, focusing on improving access to modern energy services and promoting low carbon energy development in developing countries.

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Petersberg Climate Dialogue Sets Out Framework for Durban [viewed]

4 July 2011: Ministers and high-ranking representatives from 35 countries met at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue II, under the theme "Rising to the Climate Challenge." The event was convened at the invitation of German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen and South African Minister of International Relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to discuss possible ways forward in the UN climate change negotiations.

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CIFOR Releases Paper on Carbon Accounting for Bioenergy [viewed]

4 July 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a paper titled "Improved methods for carbon accounting for bioenergy: Descriptions and evaluations." The paper explains that because bioenergy is counted under the UNFCCC as originating from the land-use sector rather than the energy sector, bioenergy emissions are often not fully accounted for in countries with greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions obligations.

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African Renewable Energy Conference Focuses on Gender [viewed]

1 July 2011: The third International Conference of the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA), held on the theme “Renewable Energy and Gender,” aimed to provide a platform for participants to consult about the policies, technologies and financial mechanisms needed to promote renewable energy deployment in the African region, with a focus on the linkages between energy and gender.

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UN-Energy, Major Electricity Producers Sign Declaration on Public-Private Partnerships [viewed]

June 2011: UN-Energy, together with the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (formerly the e8 network) of leading global electricity companies, met at the "Global Summit to Strengthen Public-Private Partnerships to Accelerate Global Electricity Technology Deployment" to discuss public-private partnership best practices to advance sustainable energy development.

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