Energy

MDBs Report on Climate Finance Provided in 2013 [viewed]

AfDB - IDB - EIB - ADB - World Bank Group19 September 2014: The third edition of the Joint MDB Report on Climate Finance 2013 has been expanded to include a better sectoral breakdown, and divisions by public and private operations. Since 2011, multilateral development banks (MDBs) have provided over US$75 billion in climate finance to developing and emerging economies, while, in 2013, they provided US$23.8 billion to address climate change, with 80%, or US$18.9 billion, dedicated to mitigation and 20%, or US$4.8 billion, going to adaptation.

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Global Investors Urge Strong Climate Change Action Ahead of Summit [viewed]

UNEP FI18 September 2014: Nearly 350 global institutional investors, responsible for managing over US$24 trillion in assets, released a statement ahead of the UN Climate Change Summit, urging Heads of State to take strong action on climate change. In the Global Investor Statement on Climate Change, investors call on governments to: set a stable and reliable price on carbon that helps redirect investment commensurate with the scale of the climate challenge; develop plans to phase out fossil fuel subsidies; and agree on an ambitious climate deal in 2015.

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Event: Policy Session on SE4ALL Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform [viewed]

Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) will host a policy session on its Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, focusing on commitments by cities, private sector investment and civil society perspectives. The event is by invitation only.  

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Event: 20th Meeting of the Major Economies Forum [viewed]

The 20th Meeting of the Leaders' Representatives of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) will take place on 21 September in New York, US. The event, which will mark the first-ever MEF foreign ministers' meeting, will be hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry. It will seek to build political will and a sense of common cause to address climate change as a foreign policy priority. Secretary Kerry will seek to encourage participating countries to explore fresh ideas to capture climate co-benefits, and come forward with robust climate targets in 2015 in order to help reach an ambitious international agreement.  

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SLoCaT-Backed Study Calculates Public Transport Benefits [viewed]

slocat17 September 2014: An accelerated shift to clean public transport could save over US$100 trillion during the next 35 years, according to a study supported by the Partnership on Sustainable Transport (SLoCaT). The scenario study demonstrates how a shift in investment away from cars and towards public transport can reduce carbon dioxide emissions and result in savings in public and private capital, as well as in operating costs.

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CEM Partnership Releases Energy Savings Guide [viewed]

Clean Energy Ministerial10 September 2014: The Energy Management Working Group of the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Partnership, part of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), has launched a guide to help organizations in assessing the impacts of energy efficiency projects. The publication presents a simple and practical guide to performing measurement and verification (M&V) for a project and quantifying related savings.

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Event: Launch of SE4ALL Global Energy Efficiency Accelerating Platform [viewed]

A luncheon will mark the launch of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Global Energy Efficiency Accelerating Platform, where those countries, cities, companies, international organizations and civil society partners will be honored. The luncheon is being hosted by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SE4ALL Energy Efficient Hub – Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, Danfoss, Johnson Controls and the UN Foundation. The events is happening on the day before the UN Climate Change Summit. This event is by invitation only.  

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Event: High-Level Event: Implementing Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

This high-level event will include sessions on: financing sustainable energy for all, including a presentation of the report from the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF); investing in energy efficiency; accelerating innovation in renewable energy; and scaling up at the country level. The meeting is taking place just prior to the UN Climate Change Summit on 23 September. This event is by invitation only. The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) is an initiative of the UN Secretary-General.  

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OECD, Bloomberg Philanthropies Urge Empowering Cities for Climate Action [viewed]

oecd-bloomberg17 September 2014: Choices made around infrastructure in cities could help avoid the worst impacts of climate change, according to a report published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The report, titled ‘Cities and Climate Change: National Governments Enabling Local Action,' examines how enabling policy frameworks at the national level can support critical climate action in cities.

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Guest Article #110: Should We Stop the Green Oil Rush Altogether? [viewed]

Are biofuels a smart technology that can help solve the looming energy crisis or are they a threat to an already compromised global food and water security? Some thoughts on the climate change, food security and biofuels nexus. Two visions, who is right?

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