Economics, Trade & Investment

IEA Paper Reviews IEA Role in Sustainable Global Energy Management [viewed]

IEA22 March 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a document titled “Worldwide Engagement for Sustainable Energy Strategies,” detailing the IEA's role in the global energy industry over time.

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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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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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Aviation Summit Calls for Global Framework on Emissions Reductions [viewed]

22 March 2012: The sixth Aviation and Environment Summit discussed the contribution of the aviation industry to sustainable development. The Summit concluded with the adoption of an industry declaration titled "Aviation Benefits Beyond Boundaries," as a joint message to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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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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EBRD Funds First Wind Energy Farm in Mongolia [viewed]

20 March 2012: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is investing in the first privately-owned wind farm in Mongolia, the Salkhit wind farm.

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REEEP Reports on Expansion of South African Municipal Energy Efficiency Fund [viewed]

20 March 2012: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) reports that the South African Government will continue and expand its Municipal Energy Efficiency Demand Side Management (EEDSM) fund for another three years, which will support energy efficiency improvements to public infrastructure at the municipal level.

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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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