Economics, Trade & Investment

CIF Reports on Mozambique's Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience [viewed]

11 January 2013: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have reported on the implementation of Mozambique's US$100 million strategic programme for climate resilience, which was endorsed in June 2011 by the CIF through its Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) window.

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Finland, Germany and Norway Announce Pledges to the FCPF [viewed]

10 January 2013: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is administered by the World Bank, has received three separate financial contributions from Finland, Germany and Norway, totalling approximately US$180 million.

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REEEP Supports 28 Low-carbon Projects in Developing Countries [viewed]

9 January 2013: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) will fund 28 new low-carbon projects aiming to scale up renewable energy and energy efficient solutions in key emerging markets and selected developing countries in Africa and Asia. 

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MENA Countries to Form Regional Initiative for Mountains [viewed]

19 December 2012: During a regional meeting on climate change adaptation in mountain regions held in Marrakech, Morocco, over 15 representatives from the Middle East and North African (MENA) region agreed to form a Regional Initiative for Mountains in the MENA Region within the context of the Mountain Partnership.

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OECD's Mexico EPR Highlights Green, Low-Carbon Growth [viewed]

OECDJanuary 2013: The Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published the third review of Mexico's environmental performance, including on progress toward a green, low-carbon economy. The Environmental Performance Review (EPR) presents 29 recommendations for achieving the "right mix of policies" to meet Mexico's environmental policy objectives.

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ESMAP Works to Revitalize the Maldives's Energy Regulatory Framework [viewed]

8 January 2013: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank has published a press release on a project to improve the institutional framework for energy in the Maldives to help meet the country's climate change mitigation goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2020.

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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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