Technology

REN21 Publishes Global Status Report on Renewables for 2011 [viewed]

12 July 2011: The Renewable Energy Global Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has released the 2011 edition of its flagship publication, the “Renewables 2011 Global Status Report,” which indicates that despite continuing economic recessions, reductions in support mechanisms and low natural gas prices, renewables continue to perform well.

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EBRD and IFC Support Renewable Energy Projects in Romania [viewed]

12 July 2011: In partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting Romania's efforts to increase its renewable energy projects, by financing the operation of  a wind farm and investing in the modernization of the country's oldest hydropower plant.

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CGIAR Announces US$170 Million Alliance on Maize Research [viewed]

6 July 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has announced a programme aimed at doubling the productivity of maize farms while making them more resilient to climate change.

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IRRI Highlights Impact of Climate-Induced Salt Intrusion on Rice [viewed]

July 2011: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has released the July-September edition of its newsletter Rice Today, which includes an article on climate impacts on rice paddies in Bangladesh and the use of salt-tolerant rice varieties.

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OECD Report Examines Environmental Effectiveness of Car Fleet Renewal Schemes [viewed]

June 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a report titled “Car Fleet Renewal Schemes: Environmental and Safety Impacts” under the aegis of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI). 

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Event: UN Private Sector Forum: Access to Energy For All [viewed]

This high-level forum is being organized by the UN Global Compact, UN-Energy and other UN Agencies, funds and programmes, and will focus on the theme of Sustainable Energy for All. The forum will bring together Heads of State attending the UN General Assembly and over 300 CEOs of leading companies in the sector. Hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Private Sector Forum will feature high-level roundtable discussions among business, government, civil society and UN leaders. It is designed to maximize interaction, increase understanding of efforts underway, and generate a range of commitments to action around the Sustainable Energy for All goals.  

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Event: AU Regional Geothermal Working Group Meeting [viewed]

Organized by the African Union (AU), this meeting will address geothermal energy.  

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Event: Pre-UNFCCC COP 17 African Energy Ministers Conference [viewed]

Hosted by the Government of South Africa and endorsed by the African Union (AU), this conference seeks to provide input into the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The meeting will also work towards, inter alia, the development of a Sustainable Energy Access Road Map and a Joint Communique. Participants are also expected to address: mitigation; adaptation; regional interconnectivity; the scaling up of renewables; energy efficiency; and financing possibilities for sustainable options for increasing clean energy access in Africa.  

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Event: Renewable Energy Africa Conference & Expo [viewed]

This event provides Africa a platform for discussions and showcase of experiences on the challenges of rising energy demands and the actions needed to achieve a sustainable future for Africa. It is also a networking event for industry leaders, investors, experts, policymakers, scientists and researchers to discuss the innovations in the industry and to find suitable solutions for the existing challenges in the area.  

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UNFCCC Publishes AWG-KP 16 Report [viewed]

UNFCCC19 July 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ KP/AWG/2011/4) of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) on the first and second parts of its 16th session, respectively held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 5-8 April 2011, and Bonn, Germany, from 7-17 June 2011.

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