Economics, Trade & Investment

Emissions Revenues Contribute to €1.2 Billion in New EU Renewable Energy Grants [viewed]

18 December 2012: The European Commission has awarded over €1.2 billion in grants to 23 renewable energy projects covering a range of technologies, including: bioenergy; concentrated solar power; geothermal power; wind; ocean energy and smart grids for distributed renewable energy management.

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Icelandic Ambassador Says Japan Could Replace 25 Nuclear Plants Using Geothermal Energy [viewed]

15 December 2012: Stefan Stefansson, Ambassador of Iceland to Japan, delivered a lecture at the UN University (UNU) in Tokyo, Japan, as part of the UNU's Ambassador Lecture Series, recommending that Japan harness its untapped geothermal energy resources to minimize carbon dioxide emissions, lower heating bills and create jobs. 

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UNEP FI Newsletter Spotlights Post-Rio+20 Financing [viewed]

12 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has released the December edition of its newsletter, spotlighting the launch event in London, UK, for its publication "Tomorrow's Capital Markets," which addresses new incentives structures for sustainable development, and a roundtable on sustainable finance held in Bensberg, Germany.

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EU Conclusions on Water Resources Call for Improved Implementation [viewed]

17 December 2012: The Council of the EU has adopted Conclusions in response to the European Commission communication “A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources,” which call for better implementation of existing water legislation, including integration of water policy into other policy areas, such as agriculture, renewable energy and integrated disaster management.

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IEA Bulletin Highlights Publications on Wind Energy Bottlenecks and Costs [viewed]

IEA15 December 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the december edition of its OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin, which highlights a study commissioned by IEA Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD) on bottlenecks in global supply chains for solar and wind power, and a series of policy briefs comparing the implementation of national energy efficiency policies published by the Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment programme (IEA-4E).

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Germany, UK Launch Joint Initiative for NAMA Support [viewed]

6 December 2012: The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) of the UK have launched the "NAMA Facility" to support countries to implement Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMAs) to address climate change.

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UNDP Assists Asia Pacific Countries in Making the Most of Domestic Climate Finance [viewed]

UNDP14 December 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has reported on an initiative carried out in the Asia-Pacific region to help countries make the most of existing domestic climate finance to build climate-resilient roads, bridges, schools and other infrastructure, so as to prevent future losses.

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DESA Publishes Guidebook on Green Economy Policies, Experiences [viewed]

December 2012: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has published a guidebook on the green economy, the third in a series, offering insights on governments' strategies for implementing a green economy and overcoming challenges related to financing, institutional arrangements, integration and political leadership.

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UNISDR Reports on Decreasing Flood Mortality, Increasing Economic Losses in Asia [viewed]

11 December 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)'s early assessment of disaster trends across Asia for 2012 shows that flood event mortality has declined, but economic losses remained significant. Asia is the most disaster-prone region in the world, with 36% of worldwide reported disasters occurring there from 2000-2011.

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Event: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013 [viewed]

"Resilient Dynamism” is the focus of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013, aiming to catalyse and facilitate global, regional and industry transformation as a trusted partner of our members and constituents.  

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