Economics, Trade & Investment

IDB Loan Expands Hydropower Output in Brazil [viewed]

IDB1 November 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced an US$ 88.7 million dollar loan to Companhia Estadual de Geração e Transmissão de Energia Elétrica (CEEE-GT) that will expand hydroelectric power generation in Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul state.

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IEA How2Guide Initiative Launched at ADB/IEA Workshops [viewed]

IEA31 October 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) recently organized four joint workshops focusing on the potential for deployment, as well as best practices for wind energy, smart-grids, and other power generation innovations, and launched the IEA How2Guide initiative in Asia for smart grids in distribution networks and wind energy.

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GEF SGP Projects Promote Energy Efficiency, Combat Climate Change in Ukraine [viewed]

31 October 2012: The Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme (SGP) has provided financial support to implement three demonstration projects to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Ukraine. The projects, implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), promote solar energy use for electricity production and hot water heating, and raise community awareness on energy efficiency and energy saving measures.

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UNESCO-IHE, ADB Convene First Asia-Netherlands Water Learning Week [viewed]

30 October 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Water Education (IHE) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) convened water leaders from Asia to explore the issues of water security and green growth during the first Asia-Netherlands Water Learning Week.

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GWP-Med, EU SWIM Workshop Identifies No-Regret Climate Change Adaptation Options [viewed]

5 October 2012: The EU Sustainable Water Integrated Management (SWIM) - Support Mechanism (SM) and the Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med) conducted a regional training for local water managers on “Identification and Development of Climate Change No-Regret Actions in the Water Sector.”

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UNDP-UNEP PEI Newsletter Reports on Fourth Donor Steering Group Meeting [viewed]

October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP)-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) has published the October issue of its quarterly newsletter.  The newsletter includes sections describing global and regional programme activities.

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EIB Supports Climate Change Mitigation Projects in Viet Nam [viewed]

31 October 2012: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a €150 million loan to Viet Nam to co-finance projects aimed at climate change mitigation. The investments will mainly contribute to the use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency enhancements.

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UN-REDD Policy Board Meeting Addresses Forest Monitoring Systems, Green Economy and Gender [viewed]

27 October 2012: The 9th Policy Board of the UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) considered reports on progress on the implementation of national programmes, as well as global programme activities.

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UNECE Timber Committee Discusses Sustainable Forest Products and Energy [viewed]

UNECE25 October 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Timber Committee convened to discuss the annual wood market, an action plan for the forest sector in a green economy, European Forest Week and the Committee's programme of work through 2017.

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Consumer Behavior Key to Reducing Emissions in the EU [viewed]

24 October 2012: A study for the European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action developed by CE Delft, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research and LEI Wageningen indicates that behavioral changes can complement technological changes and can allow emission reduction targets to be reached more cost-effectively, particularly if carried out in the areas of transport, housing and food.

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