Economics, Trade & Investment

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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Costa Rica Presents Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Model Initiatives [viewed]

7 December 2012: During the Doha Climate Change Conference, Costa Rica, with assistance from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), presented seven examples of how agriculture can both mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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Workshop Discusses Green Credit for Climate Change Mitigation in LAC Energy and Agriculture [viewed]

IDB3 December 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) co-organized a regional workshop for the Latin American banking sector, particularly development banks, to promote dialogue on financial instruments that promote climate change mitigation through energy efficiency, renewable energy and agricultural projects in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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Last Update of 2012 [viewed]

We at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication of our knowledgebases on 7 January 2013. Thank you for your support during 2012.

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