Economics, Trade & Investment

APEC Energy Working Group Advances Goal to Double Renewable Energy by 2030 [viewed]

apec21 November 2014: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members plan to double the share of renewable energy in the region's energy mix within 15 years, according to the APEC Energy Working Group. APEC energy officials agreed to advance a number of measures on renewable energy at the week-long 48th meeting of the Energy Working Group.

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EEA Report Examines Costs of Industrial Air Pollution [viewed]

EEANovember 2014: Air pollution from Europe's industrial facilities cost the region between €59-189 billion in 2012, with 1% of facilities responsible for 50% of the damage, according to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA). ‘Costs of Air Pollution from European Industrial Facilities 2008-2012' presents damage cost estimates to health and the environment caused by air pollutants emitted from Europe's industrial facilities.

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UNFCCC Updates on NAP Process [viewed]

UNFCCC26 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an information paper on the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.25). Based on the information submitted by parties, UN agencies, as well as other international, regional and non-governmental organizations, the paper reviews the measures taken by developing country parties and their partners to advance national adaptation planning. The paper also provides a progress update, including an overview of financial and technical support received.

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GEF Reports on Collaboration with CTCN [viewed]

ctcn-gef26 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum to the report of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20). The document (FCCC/CP/2014/2/Add.1) details the GEF's consultations with the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and progress under the Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer.

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GEF Reports on Support to Non-Annex I Party NCs and BURs [viewed]

GEF UNFCCC25 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the status of Global Environment Facility (GEF) project activities related to non-Annex I parties' national communications (NCs) and biennial update reports (BURs), as provided by the GEF (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.22). The information, which was requested by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), includes the dates funding was approved and disbursed, and the approximate date of the NC or BUR submission.

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UNFCCC 2014 Lighthouse Activity Award Winners Announced [viewed]

momentum-change25 November 2014: The UNFCCC's Momentum for Change initiative has announced the 12 winners of the 2014 Lighthouse Activity Awards, which include both “large, game-changing solutions and small, entrepreneurial efforts." Each of the 12 activities touches on one of four areas related to action: by and for the urban poor; that fosters women's leadership; that unlocks climate finance; and action that uses information and communications technology (ICT) solutions.

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Forest Carbon Markets Value Surpasses US$1 Billion [viewed]

forest-trends24 November 2014: A recently released report, titled 'Turning over a New Leaf: State of Forest Carbon Markets 2014' and published by the Ecosystem Marketplace, reveals that the cumulative value of the forest carbon market has now exceeded US$1 billion thanks to a 17% increase in carbon transactions between 2012 and 2013.

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IRENA Launches REmap 2030 Country Report on China [viewed]

IRENA24 November 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published the first country report in its REmap 2030 series. Focusing on China, the study concludes that the country could expand its renewable energy consumption share of total energy from 13% to 26% by 2030, thus becoming the world's largest renewable energy user.

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UNFCCC Publishes Status of Contributions to Trust Funds [viewed]

UNFCCC24 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note containing information on the status of receipt of contributions to the UNFCCC trust funds as of 15 November 2014, as well as the status of indicative contributions to the Kyoto Protocol, which is reported separately.

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ESCAP, RIMES Warn Pacific Islands of Extreme Weather Risks [viewed]

unescap-rimes21 November 2014: Through a joint press release, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) have warned that extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for the industry and infrastructure of island States, and encourages establishing a regional mechanism for better preparedness.

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