Economics, Trade & Investment

World Bank Group Supports Renewable Energy Projects in Chile and Armenia [viewed]

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

February 2009: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is financing the construction of the Totoral Wind Farm, Chile's first-ever project-financed wind farm. In related news, the World Bank's Vice President for Europe and Central Asia approved a grant of US$1.5 million for the Armenia Geothermal Energy Development project funded under the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Geothermal Energy Development Program (GeoFund).

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IDB Announces Energy Innovation Contest [viewed]

IDB Announces Energy Innovation Contest

27 February 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced a contest to finance proposals for promoting energy efficiency and access to renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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World Bank Co-Organizing MENA Carbon Forum [viewed]

CFA- World Bank Co-Organizing MENA Carbon Forum

March 2009: The World Bank, in collaboration with the French Agency for Development, the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Initiative and the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, is organizing the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Carbon Forum, scheduled to convene from 6-7 May 2009, in Cairo, Egypt.

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GEF Approves US$46 Million in Grants for Climate-Related Projects [viewed]

February: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has approved an intersessional work programme, including climate change projects amounting to US$47.46 million.

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World Bank Supports Carbon Expo 2009 [viewed]

February 2009: Carbon Expo 2009 will be held from 27-29 May 2009 in Barcelona, Spain, with the support of the World Bank and the International Emissions Trading Association.

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EBRD's Annual Meeting to Address Energy Efficiency and Climate Change [viewed]

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

February: Under the heading “Opportunities in a tougher climate,” the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will hold its annual meeting and business forum from 15-16 May 2009, in London, UK. During the meeting, a discussion panel will consider “Energy Efficiency and Climate Change: A Source of Economic Growth and Competitiveness.”

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UNEP Report Highlights Benefits of Global Green New Deal [viewed]

UNEP-Commissioned Report Underlines How Environmental investments Can get the Global and National Economies Back to Sustainable Work

16 February 2009: The findings of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report titled “A Global Green New Deal” were presented in Nairobi, Kenya, at the opening of the 25th Session of the UNEP Governing Council, which is convening from 16-20 February 2009.

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World Bank Group Announces Energy Week 2009 [viewed]

World Bank Group Energy Week 2009

February 2009: The World Bank will hold its Energy Week 2009 from 31 March-2 April 2009, at its headquarters in Washington DC, US. The event will gather policy-makers and practitioners engaged in energy and development. It will comprise a three-day executive conference where energy challenges facing today's world will be analyzed, including topics such as: energy innovations for clean transport; securing a climate sensitive energy supply; integrating wind energy development; and scaling up energy efficiency for climate change mitigation.

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World Bank Seeks Feedback on Climate Change Strategy in South Asia [viewed]

13feb09-orld20bank20logoaFebruary 2009: The World Bank's South Asia region is in the process of seeking feedback from interested parties on its draft climate change strategy.

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GEF Co-Organizes Conference on Renewable Energy in Emerging Markets [viewed]

13feb09-reem09-tn0February 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is co-organizing a conference on “Implementation of Renewable Energy in the Emerging Markets of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean 2009 (REEM09),” which is scheduled to take place from 27-29 April 2009, in San Francisco, US.

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