Economics, Trade & Investment

UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport Highlights Measures to Reduce Freight Emissions [viewed]

3 January, 2013: The 2012 Review of Maritime Transport published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) addresses, among other issues, measures to reduce energy consumption and emissions of maritime and inland freight transport, and suggests ways to use climate financing to achieve sustainability goals.

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ADB Funds Hydropower and Water Transport System Project in China [viewed]

ADB10 December 2012: China will be receiving a US$150 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to improve the water transport system on the Xiang River in Hunan province and expand hydropower generation.

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Event: Carbon Expo: Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference [viewed]

This meeting is sponsored by Fira Barcelona, the International Emissions Trading Association and the World Bank. Some of the issues to be addressed at the Expo include: Future of Global Carbon Trading; Funding a Low Carbon and Energy Secure Future; Reforming the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme; Latest Developments in Emerging Emissions Trading Programmes in China, Republic of Korea, California, Australia, and Quebec; EU Carbon and Energy Prices; Voluntary CO2 Offset Prices; Financing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs); Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Investments; The Voluntary Carbon Market and REDD; CDM Issues and PoAs; The Future of Kyoto "Filling the Gaps;" Aviation and Shipping; and The Role of Carbon Capture and Storage in the New Energy Future.  

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IEA Report Calls for New Funding for Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries [viewed]

IEA22 December 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report, titled "Plugging the Energy Efficiency Gap with Climate Finance." The report examines the role of climate finance in funding energy efficiency projects and the potential to channel funds to energy efficiency projects in developing countries under the Green Climate Fund (GCF). 

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UNECE Releases First Review of Turkmenistan's Environmental Performance [viewed]

UNECE21 December 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the first Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Turkmenistan, which highlights several environmental issues as particular challenges, including: salinization of irrigated lands; water management; desertification; and biodiversity loss.

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Event: CTI PFAN Asia Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFCEF-3) [viewed]

The Climate Technology Initiative's Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI PFAN) Asia Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFCEF-3) will provide an opportunity for leading clean energy entrepreneurs and investors in Asia, as well as fund managers, to come together. The Forum, which includes a business plan competition, will showcase some of the most promising clean energy projects and technologies and identify investment opportunities in Asia.  

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EBRD Supports Green Energy Investments in Turkey [viewed]

EBRD21 December 2012: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has provided €50 million to Finansbank for on-lending to private companies investing in renewable energy, industrial energy efficiency and waste-to-energy projects in Turkey. 

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ITU Launches Third Green ICT Application Challenge [viewed]

20 December 2012: The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) launched the Third Green Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Application Challenge, in collaboration with Telefónica, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Challenge aims to promote innovation and "out of the box" thinking on smart, sustainable cities and environmental sustainability in urban areas.

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EEA Report Highlights Impacts of Invasive Alien Species in Europe [viewed]

EEA20 December 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report on the impacts of invasive alien species (IAS) in Europe, aiming to raise awareness and inform all stakeholders, including the general public about the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of IAS.

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Global LEAP Awards Outstanding Off-grid Solar Lighting Products [viewed]

19 December 2012: The Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) has announced the laureates of the Lighting Global Outstanding Product Awards, which recognizes sustainable off-grid solar lighting products for people without access to electricity in developing countries.

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