Technology

COP 16 Chair Discusses COP 16 Preparations [viewed]

7 July 2010: The UN University (UNU) hosted a lecture by Patricia Espinosa, Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the Chair of the upcoming 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP16), on 5 July 2010. She discussed Mexico's preparations for COP 16, which will convene in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of 2010.

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ADB Invests in Clean Development Fund for the Greater Mekong Subregion [viewed]

9 July 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced that it will invest US$15 million to support clean energy projects in the Greater Mekong Subregion and South Asia through the Mekong Brahmaputra Clean Development Fund.

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New UNFCCC Executive Secretary Takes Office [viewed]

8 July 2010: Christiana Figueres has taken up her post as the new Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC Secretariat.

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Report on EU Renewable Energy Published [viewed]

5 July 2010: The European Commission's Joint Research Centre published the report "Renewable Energy Snapshots," which shows that renewable energy sources accounted for 62% (17GW) of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU27 in 2009.

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Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre Opens in West Africa [viewed]

6 July 2010: A new regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) opened in Praia, Cape Verde, on 6 July. The Centre is supported by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Governments of Austria, Cape Verde and Spain, as well as through a special partnership between Brazil and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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62nd WMO Executive Council Held [viewed]

5 July 2010: The 62nd session of the Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 8-18 June 2010, and adopted innovative approaches for further advancing global observing systems, research and forecasts in the fields of weather, climate and water, in a general context of financial crisis.

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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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