Technology

EU Sustainable Energy Week Celebrates Clean and Efficient Energy Systems [viewed]

sustainableenergyweek201519 June 2015: With over 2,700 participants, more than 670 Sustainable Energy Days and side events Europe-wide, and a policy conference, EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015 highlighted the need for efficient use of energy, expansion of renewable energy and, in the words of International Energy Agency (IEA) Chief Economist Fatih Birol, "a peaceful divorce between economic growth and emissions."

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World Bank, IEA Rank Asia as Top Sustainable Energy Performer [viewed]

world-bank-iea18 June 2015: The World Bank and the International Energy Agency (IEA) published the second edition of the ‘Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework,' which evaluates global progress toward the three goals of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The report, which focuses on the period 2010-2012, finds that Asia was the best performing region, accounting for approximately 60% of the global progress on energy access and clean energy objectives.

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WMO, Norwegian Refugee Council to Enhance African Countries' Climate Resilience [viewed]

wmo-nrc17 June 2015: A Norwegian NGO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are partnering to increase the capacity of governments in Africa to address climate change, extreme weather events and variable rainfall. Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by WMO and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), experts will work with the national institutions of vulnerable countries to develop climate information and products and operationalize the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).

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EU to Meet 20% Renewable Energy Target by 2020 [viewed]

ec16 June 2015: A progress report published by the European Commission finds that the EU is on track to meet its 2020 target of achieving a 20% share of renewable energy in the overall energy supply. According to the report, 25 EU countries are anticipated to meet their 2013/2014 interim renewable energy targets and the share of renewable energy in 2014 gross final energy consumption is projected at 15.3%.

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Event: Eye on Earth Summit 2015 [viewed]

The Eye on Earth Summit 2015 will seek to better understand the supply and demand of data necessary to secure the future of our planet. This will be the second Eye on Earth Summit, and will bring together representatives from government, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, academia and civil society to focus on closing the data gap for environmental, social and economic data to address sustainable development. The Summit aims to identify solutions for greater access to and sharing of data, providing policymakers with timely, actionable information for the critical decisions that will implement the post-2015 development agenda. Sessions during the event will explore new resources, like crowd-sourcing and citizen science, and cutting-edge technologies. The Summit is being overseen by Eye on Earth, a collaboration of the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency's Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) and the Eye on Earth Alliance, a partnership of organizations including, inter alia, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).  

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Vienna Energy Forum Focuses on Sustainable Energy for Inclusive Development [viewed]

viena-energy-forum20 June 2015: The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF), organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) Initiative, convened under the theme ‘Sustainable Energy for Inclusive Development.'

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Asia Clean Energy Forum 2015 Celebrates Tenth Anniversary [viewed]

asia-energy-forum19 June 2015: The Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2015 brought together energy professionals for the tenth time in Manila, the Philippines, to hear presentations by more than 200 speakers and share best practices relating to clean energy policy and regulatory frameworks, technology development and applications, and business models and finance. The event was hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and organized by ADB, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Energy Council (WEC) and the Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO).

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EU High-Level Event Considers Future Vehicle Emissions Policy [viewed]

ec18 June 2015: The European Commission held a high-level event on decarbonizing the European road transport sector, which is responsible for one quarter of the EU's energy consumption and approximately one fifth of its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The event examined potential next steps for road-based climate change mitigation in the context of: the expected 2015 climate agreement; the goal to hold average temperature rise below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels; and commitments by the Group of Seven (G7).

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Papal Encyclical Highlights Climate Change as Critical ‘Moral Issue' [viewed]

vatican18 June 2015: Pope Francis has released his encyclical, which calls on the Catholic world and "all men and women of good will” to address global environmental deterioration. The papal letter, titled ‘Laudato Si' or ‘Praised Be' (a reference to a prayer from the Pope's namesake St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology), declares that climate change is one of the principal challenges facing humanity and that the science of climate change is clear. Pope Francis adds that the Catholic Church views climate change as a moral issue that must be addressed in order to protect the Earth, "our common home."

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UNEP, PBC Detail Elements for China's Green Financial System [viewed]

unep_china12 June 2015: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, met with Pan Gongsheng, Deputy Governor of China's central bank, the People's Bank of China (PBC), to mark the publication of the final report of the Green Finance Task Force, addressing practical steps and policy recommendations for aligning China's financial and capital markets with sustainable development objectives.

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