Economics, Trade & Investment

OECD Policy Brief Highlights Importance of Cooperation on and Transfers of CCMTs [viewed]

OECDSeptember 2012: A policy brief by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), titled “Energy and Climate Policy: Bending the Technological Trajectory,” analyzes innovation in energy and climate change mitigation technologies (CCMTs), international research cooperation on CCMTs, and the current and potential role of public policy in this respect. 

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IMO's Environment Committee Considers Energy Efficiency, Ballast Water Management and Ship Recycling [viewed]

IMO9 October 2012: The 64th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) addressed issues related to energy efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling. The session also led to the establishment of a new Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) in the Saba Bank, in the north-eastern Caribbean area of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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IEAGHG Newsletter Highlights CCS Activities [viewed]

IEAGHG Newsletter - September 2012October 2012: The September issue of the newsletter of the International Energy Agency Greenhouse Gas Research and Development Programme (IEAGHG) discusses IEAGHG projects and publications on carbon capture and storage (CCS), as well as CCS conferences and CCS projects of IEAGHG partners.

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OECD Study Finds Higher Fossil Fuel Prices Stimulate Renewable Energy Technology Innovation [viewed]

OECD14 September 2012: A new working paper by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), titled "The Determinants of Invention in Electricity Generation Technologies: A Patent Data Analysis," studies the effect of fossil fuel prices on technological invention and finds positive impacts on renewable energy technologies. 

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OECD Working Paper Analyzes Cost-Efficiency of German Climate Policy [viewed]

OECD12 September 2012: A working paper by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), titled "Climate Change Policies in Germany: Make Ambition Pay," discusses the cost-efficiency of Germany's climate change policy and offers suggestions for reforms.

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Event: World Climate Summit 2012 [viewed]

The third annual World Climate Summit, which is organized alongside the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will bring together government leaders and representatives from the business and finance community to discuss issues related to a low-carbon economy and industrial, financial, political and innovation drivers to accelerate progress in mitigating and adapting to climate change. The meeting will focus specifically on Qatar and the Middle East. Topics of discussion include: public-private partnerships; renewable energy; agriculture and water; emission reductions; transportation; carbon pricing; and energy efficiency.  

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UN-Energy Newsletter Highlights Appointment of Kandeh Yumkella as CEO for SE4ALL Initiative [viewed]

UN-Energy9 October 2012: UN-Energy, in its recently published newsletter, has highlighted new leadership for the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative, announcing the UN Secretary-General's invitation to UN Industrial Development Organization's (UNIDO) Director-General and Chair of UN-Energy, Kandeh Yumkella, to become the chief executive of the Initiative.

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UNEP, GEF Release Toolkit to Foster Transition to Efficient Lighting in Developing Countries [viewed]

9 October 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have released a new en.lighten Toolkit, titled “Achieving the Transition to Energy Efficient Lighting,” which provides guidance for developing countries to transform their markets to more efficient lighting.

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UNFCCC Publishes EU's Views on Developing Guidance to the GEF [viewed]

EU5 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the submission from Cyprus and the European Commission containing their views and recommendations on elements that should be taken into account in developing guidance to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) (FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.10).

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EcoMicro to Support Four Latin American Microfinance Institutions [viewed]

EcoMicro4 October 2012: EcoMicro, a technical assistance programme co-financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, announced it will help four microfinance institutions (MFIs) from Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru to develop "green" financial products that promote clean energy and energy efficiency, and reduce the vulnerability of their portfolios to climate change impacts.

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