Technology

Asia-EU Foreign Ministers Discuss Climate, Energy and Rio+20 [viewed]

7 June 2011: The tenth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in Gödöllő, Hungary, from 6-7 June 2011, under the theme 
"Working together on non-traditional security challenges," addressed climate change, energy and Rio+20, among other agenda items.

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Event: Workshop on Measuring Asia's Progress in Tackling Climate Change and Promoting Green Growth [viewed]

This workshop, organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the ADB Institute (ADBI) and the Energy Research Institute (ERI), will seek to discuss the outline and contents of the background papers being prepared for the ADB/ADBI Study on Climate Change and Green Asia, and to get feedback from policy makers, academics and international experts.  

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IDB Launches Initiative to Support Sustainable Aviation Biofuels [viewed]

8 June 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched an initiative to support the development of a sustainable biojet fuels industry employing different kinds of local organic feedstock.

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World Bank Approves Energy Efficiency and Renewables Loan for Poland [viewed]

7 June 2011: The World Bank approved a 750 million Euro loan to support Poland's implementation of its Energy Policy of Poland Until 2030, adopted in November 2009 with the objective to: decrease energy consumption by 20% by 2020, compared to business as usual; increase the share of renewable energy in final energy consumption to 15% by 2020; and achieve a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission target by 2020.

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European Commission Bans Use of Industrial Gas Credits in the ETS [viewed]

8 June 2011: The European Commission has formally adopted a ban on the use of industrial gas credits in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) as of May 2013.

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World Meteorological Congress Sets Priorities for Next Four Years [viewed]

3 June 2011: At the end of its two-week quadrennial meeting, the World Meteorological Congress identified the top five priorities for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), endorsing the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), which will increase the availability of climate information for policy-makers to plan and make decisions to adapt to a changing climate.

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Guest Article #60: Clean Air and Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme estimates that annually, one million people die prematurely around the World by being exposed to high levels of urban air pollution; this number represents about 114 premature deaths worldwide per hour. In Latin America, conservative estimates indicate that 35,000 people die prematurely annually from this exposure. All these deaths can and should be avoided.

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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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