Economics, Trade & Investment

UN Regional Commissions Publish Report on Financing Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

June 2010: The five UN regional commissions have released a report titled "Financing Global Climate Change Mitigation."

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Event: ECLAC Roundtable on Impacts of Climate Change on Adaptive Policy in the Caribbean [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean will be hosting a roundtable to discuss the impacts of climate change on adaptive policy in the Caribbean. The meeting will consider initiatives on climatic modeling that have already been conducted in the subregion and discuss the new initiative titled “Understanding potential economic impacts of climate change in LAC.”  

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UNECE Organizes Energy and Climate Meetings [viewed]

11 June 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has hosted a series of energy and climate meetings at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The first meeting of the Group of Experts of the Global Energy Efficiency 21 (GEE21) Project convened on 10 June 2010. It was preceded by the 15th Session of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation, on 9 June 2010, and followed by the 21th Session of the Steering Committee of the GEE21 Project, on 11 June.

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Event: Financing Low-Carbon Growth [viewed]

UNEP FI, through its Climate Change Working Group and Asia Pacific Task Force will convene, in partnership with Cambridge University's P8 Group of institutional investors, the first of series of regional Summits on 'Financing Low-Carbon Growth' in Seoul, Republic of Korea. This Summit will bring together senior leaders from the asset management, infrastructure finance and development banking fields from the Republic of Korea, across Asia, and the world, to discuss investment opportunities in tackling climate change.  

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World Bank Finances Water Sector Adaptation in Mexico [viewed]

10 June 2010: The World Bank approved a US$450 million loan to promote Mexico's water sector adaptation efforts.

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European Commission Encourages Certification of Biofuels [viewed]

10 June 2010: To prepare for implementation of the 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive, the European Commission has released three documents on biofuels: a communication on voluntary schemes and default values in the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme; a communication on the practical implementation of the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme and on counting rules for biofuels; and a decision on guidelines for the calculation of land carbon stocks.

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UNDP Reports Progress on Greening Businesses in Viet Nam [viewed]

3 June 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Viet Nam, through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), are helping to green small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the brick, ceramics, textiles, paper production and food processing sectors.

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EIB Finances World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm [viewed]

10 June 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a GBP 250 million loan to DONG Energy, for the construction of the London Array, expected to be the world's largest offshore wind farm.

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UNECE Energy Efficiency Project to Establish Investment Fund [viewed]

9 June 2010: The 15th session of Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) met in Geneva, Switzerland, on 9 June 2010. The meeting concluded with agreement to establish a UNECE-sponsored private-public partnership investment fund for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

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CIF Announces Business Guide to the Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

June 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have reported that the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Climate First have published online a "Business Guide to the Climate Investment Funds," which describes the different funding windows, as well as the role, structure and current status of the CIF.

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