Economics, Trade & Investment

ESMAP Bulletin Highlights Knowledge Exchange Forum and New Publications [viewed]

26 May 2012: The May issue of the World Bank-administered Energy Sector Management Assistance Program's (ESMAP) E-Bulletin highlights the 2012 Knowledge Exchange Forum, the release of its latest annual report and several new publications on transmission infrastructure for renewable energy sources from remote areas, sustainable development of Chinese cities, and district heating in Ukraine.   

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IEA Finds 2011 Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions at Record High, 2°C Window "About to close" [viewed]

24 May 2012: Preliminary estimates from the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggest that global carbon-dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel combustion reached a record high of 31.6 gigatons (Gt) in 2011, representing an increase of 3.2% or 1Gt from 2010 levels.

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European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 Winners Announced [viewed]

24 May 2012: The EU Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik presented the European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 to winners who have made achievements in sustainable development in the areas of management, products and process innovation, international business cooperation, and business and biodiversity. Potočnik lauded the companies for being “green growth in action.”

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UNDP, ILO Hold Consultation on Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

UNDP16 May 2012: The first thematic global consultation on the post-2015 development agenda aimed at fostering dialogue among experts on issues related to growth, structural change, productive capacities, and employment, in light of their impact on the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the potential post-2015 development agenda.

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Event: Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC) [viewed]

The Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC) brings together representatives from government, the private sector and civil society to discuss the advancement of renewable energy. The fifth such conference will be jointly organized with the sixth edition of the United Arab Emirates' World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and the International Water Summit 2013, and will follow the IRENA General Assembly meeting. Objectives of the conference are to analyze and highlight the achievements of the UN Secretary General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative, which was launched at the WFES 2012, and discuss the contribution of renewable energy to economic development, energy security and mitigation of climate change. The conference is expected to offer a strategic platform to discuss the impact of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC to be held in Qatar at the end of 2012, and the role of renewable energy on economic development, energy security and climate change mitigation. IREC is organized every two years and convened by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). The event will see thousands of participants engaging in dialogues on the policy, finance, business and technology of renewable energy in a series of panel discussions, presentations, speeches and exhibitions. The events are part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).  

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TERI and Indus Towers Partner on Clean Energy in Rural India [viewed]

12 May 2012: Through its Lighting a Billion Lives Programme (LaBL), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has entered into a five year partnership with Indus Towers, a company that provides passive infrastructure services to telecom operators, have entered into a five year partnership to sponsor clean energy and rural entrepreneurship in 660 villages in India.

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en.lighten Initiative Highlights Start of Efficient Lighting Transition Initiatives [viewed]

22 May 2012: The fifth issue of the e-newsletter of the en.lighten initiative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) highlights that the en.lighten Project Steering Committee endorsed the selection of 14 priority pilot countries, which will be supported in developing country-led efficient lighting transition strategies. Activities are set to commence in these pilot countries in June 2012.

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Honduras Hosts First LAC Dialogue on Climate Financing and Development Effectiveness [viewed]

4 May 2012: The First Latin American and Caribbean Dialogue on Climate Finance and Development Effectiveness exchanged concrete experiences on various aspects of climate finance management in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), including public policies, the institutional architecture, and mechanisms for financial management.

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ECLAC Assesses Impact of Tropical Depression 12-E [viewed]

4 May 2012: The subregional headquarters for Mexico and Central America of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has issued an assessment of the impact of Tropical Depression 12-E on Central America. The assessment includes, at the behest of Central American Heads of State, some reflections on the regional policy implications of tropical storms that appear to be increasing in frequency and severity due to climate change.

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UNFCCC Releases Further Submission on Financing Results-Based Actions on REDD+ [viewed]

21 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the joint submission from Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda, and Sao Tome and Principe, which contains their views on modalities and procedures for financing results-based actions and considering activities related to decision 1/CP.16, paragraphs 68-70 and 72 (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.3/Add.2).

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