Economics, Trade & Investment

REEEP Announces Cooperation between reegle and the Clean Energy Solutions Center [viewed]

20 March 2012: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has announced that reegle, a clean energy information portal, and the Clean Energy Solutions Center (CESC) will begin cross-linking many of their resources, while also facilitating interactions between their main audiences.

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UN DESA Brief Highlights Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport in Emerging and Developing Economies [viewed]

RIO+20March 2012: The March Issues Brief of the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) highlights the transport sector in countries with emerging and developing economies, noting that rapid urbanization is changing the transport sector in these countries.

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UNCTAD and Partners Discuss Corporate Climate Change Reporting Beyond Rio+20 [viewed]

UNCTAD16 March 2012: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Climate Disclosure Standard Board (CDSB) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), organized a workshop to discuss the challenges of developing a more consistent system of corporate climate change reporting that meets the needs of a green economy, one of the key issues to be addressed at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: IEA Webinar on CO2 Abatement in the Iron and Steel Industry [viewed]

The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Clean Coal Centre will present the results of its latest report 'CO2 abatement in the iron and steel industry,' by Anne Carpenter, in a webinar on Wednesday 11 April at midday (GMT). The report seeks to examine methods to abate carbon dioxide emissions in the coal and steel industry, specifically from the preparation of raw materials (coking, sintering and pelletising plants) and the production of liquid steel in oxygen or electric furnaces. The webinar will also cover direct reduction and smelting reduction processes, and iron-making in blast furnaces.  

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World Water Day Focuses on Food Security [viewed]

22 March 2012: The 2012 edition of World Water Day, which is held every year on 22 March, focused on the theme "water and food security." The official UN-Water celebrations were coordinated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), who noted that a 50% reduction in food waste would save 1350 km3 of water per year.

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UN Report Highlights Sustainable Development Challenges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

23 March 2012: A new report on sustainable development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, prepared by 13 UN agencies, has highlighted the need for the region to remove fossil fuel subsidies, invest in green jobs, and establish social protection floors in order to ensure a sustainable future.

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GEF, UNDP Publish Overview of Joint Projects Results [viewed]

March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have published their annual report on joint projects financed during 2011 on ecosystems and biodiversity preservation, green development strategies, and sustainable use of water and ocean resources, among other topics.

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World Bank Helps Azerbaijan Reduce Gas Flaring [viewed]

World Bank23 March 2012: The World Bank has announced that its Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR) partnership has supported Azerbaijan in reducing their gas flaring emissions by half since 2008, avoiding the waste of a quarter billion cubic meters of natural gas and greatly improving the environmental performance of its oil producing activities.

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CAF Promotes Use of Carbon Footprint in Bolivia [viewed]

15 March 2012: The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) presented the results of its 11-month project to promote and disseminate the Bolivian technical standard on carbon footprints by helping nine companies and three environmental NGO projects calculate and validate emission levels through voluntary application of the standard.

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KfW Grants CAF Credit Line on Climate Change and Clean Energy [viewed]

18 March 2012: The German Development Bank (KfW) has granted the Latin American Development Bank (CAF) a US$195 million line of credit for projects contributing to climate change mitigation.

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