Technology

AfDB Invests in Solar and Wind Power in Sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

6 June 2011: The African Development Bank (AfDB) is providing a US$365 million loan to South Africa to support its national electricity utility, Eskom, in implementing a US$1.3 billion renewable energy project to introduce concentrated solar power to sub-Saharan Africa and the first utility-scale wind power plant to South Africa.

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World Bank's Lighting Africa Initiative Reports Success Stories [viewed]

6 June 2011: The World Bank's Lighting Africa Initiative is showcasing examples of success in providing off-grid lighting to poor communities in Africa.

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UNFCCC Publishes Revised SBI Documents [viewed]

6 June 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published several revised documents, which will be considered during the 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 34), including a revised provisional agenda (FCCC/SBI/2011/1/Rev.1) for SBI 34, a revised progress report (FCCC/SBI 2011/5Rev.1) on the work of the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) on national communications from parties not included in Annex I to the Convention, and a revised document (FCCC/SBI/2011/INF.6/ Rev.1) on the status of submission and review of fifth national communications.

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Event: High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy [viewed]

This high-level consultative forum will provide an opportunity for Ministers of Energy from Africa to engage with experts from Regional Economic Commissions, national entities, international partners, the UAE Government, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union (AU)-UN Regional Consultative Mechanism, the EU-Africa Energy partnership, key energy NGOs and others. IRENA is convening the meeting to discuss specific implementation challenges facing Africa with respect to renewable energy technologies, as well as practical approaches to generate the critical policy and technical information, advice and capacity that is required to support the extensive deployment of renewable energy in Africa.  

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IEA Report Explores the Potential for a “Golden Age” of Gas [viewed]

6 June 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a special report titled “Are We Entering a Golden Age of Gas?” This report presents a scenario in which global use of gas rises by more than 50% from 2010 levels and accounts for more than a quarter of global energy demand by 2035. 

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CDM Executive Board Launches Calls for Public Inputs [viewed]

3 June: At its 61st meeting, held from 30 May - 3 June 2011 in Bonn, Germany, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) decided to launch four calls for public input on: identification of common issues in the implementation of registered afforestation/reforestation (A/R) CDM project activities; key issues identified in relation to the development of a solar cooker methodology; draft small-scale methodology for water saving devices; and how to include co-benefits in the documentation of CDM project activities, and the role of the different actors and stakeholders in this process.

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Report of 61st Meeting of CDM Executive Board Released [viewed]

3 June 2011: The report of the 61st meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which convened from 30 May-3 June 2011, in Bonn, Germany, is now available on the CDM website.

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In Bonn, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Underscores Growing Momentum of Global Climate Action [viewed]

6 June 2011: The UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn opened on 6 June 2011, and is scheduled to conclude on 17 June 2011. The conference will include the 34th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). It also comprises the second part of the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the second part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA).

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Chair's Summary of the Third Session of the Global Platform for DRR Released [viewed]

3 June 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released the Chair's Summary of the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and World Reconstruction Conference, in which Asha-Rose Migiro, UN Deputy Secretary-General and Chair of the Third Session, highlights that DRR should be at the forefront of efforts to preserve and protect the balance of nature, and ensure sustainable development and well being for future generations.

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ECREEE Calls for Proposals [viewed]

3 June 2011: The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), has launched the first call for proposals of the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility (EREF).

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