Energy

Event: Climate Finance and Investment Forum in West Africa [viewed]

The UN Framework for Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UNEP Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development, and the Banque Ouest Africaine de Developpement (BOAD) are jointly organizing a Climate Finance and Investment Forum in West Africa. The objective of the event is to facilitate and enhance the finance of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects in the region. The two-day event will include plenaries on: International Climate Finance and the UNFCCC Framework; Climate Finance Instruments: Opportunities for Africa; Public Financial Institutions and Climate Finance; Presentation from Regional Climate Change Projects; Role of a Private Financial Institution in Enabling Sustainable Development; Examining the Opportunities in Emerging African Investment Funds; Clean Energy Finance: The Case Study of South Africa; and Renewable Energy Project Finance.  

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EU Forest Strategy Endorsed [viewed]

eu-forest europe19 May 2014: The Council of the Europe Union has endorsed the 2013 'A new EU Forest Strategy: For forests and the forest-based sector,' and has released its 'Conclusions adopted by the Council.' The conclusions refer to the Oslo Ministerial Declaration on European Forests 2020 and to criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management (SFM) developed by FOREST EUROPE.

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WBCSD Releases Water-Energy-Food Nexus Report [viewed]

WBCSDMay 2014: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched a report, titled ‘Water, Food and Energy Nexus Challenges,' which indicates that increasing demand for agricultural products will strain land, water, energy and other resources, as well as contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Military Advisory Board Identifies Climate Change as Security Threat [viewed]

accelerating-risks-climate-change13 May 2014: The CNA Corporation's Military Advisory Board has published a report, titled ‘National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change,' which provides an update to a 2007 CNA report that described climate change as a “threat multiplier.” The 2014 report reexamines climate change impacts on US national security within a more complex and integrated world and, looking at new vulnerabilities and tensions, identifies climate change as a “catalyst for instability and conflict.”

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UNFCCC Releases ADP 2-4 Report [viewed]

UNFCCC15 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the fourth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-4), held in Bonn, Germany, from 10-14 March 2014. The meeting aimed to: make progress on elaborating the content of the 2015 agreement, with a view to determining elements for a draft negotiating text by COP 20; initiate discussions that facilitate domestic preparations for nationally determined contributions (NDCs); and unlock practical and realizable opportunities for raising pre-2020 ambition.

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ECREEE Outlines Regional SE4ALL Priorities [viewed]

ECREEE9 May 2014: The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has released the eighth edition of its newsletter, highlighting ECOWAS' adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies, a campaign for gender awareness, and regional priorities for the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.

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EBRD Annual Meeting Highlights 25 Years of Environmental Transition [viewed]

EBRD15 May 2014: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced the winners of its annual Sustainability Awards and launched its Sustainability Report 2013 at its 2014 Annual Meeting and Business Forum. A panel focusing on environmental change during economies' transition process was held in conjunction with the awards announcement and report launch.

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Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial Addresses Finance, Markets and Energy-Water Nexus [viewed]

cem513 May 2014: Energy ministers and high-level delegates from 23 countries, as well as representatives from the private sector and international organizations, gathered for the Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) to discuss accelerating the transition toward a global clean energy economy and to assess progress made since CEM1 in 2010. Around 250 participants attended the meeting, which convened a set of public-private roundtables and a Ministerial segment on clean energy, integration, energy efficiency and human capacity.

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EU ETS Emissions Fall, Allowance Surplus Grows in 2013 [viewed]

European Union 14 May 2014: Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions capped under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) fell by an estimated 3% in 2013, to slightly under 1.9 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), according to the European Commission. During the same period, the cumulative surplus in emission allowances grew to over 2.1 billion tons CO2e, from 2.0 billions tons CO2e at the end of 2012.

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ECLAC Proposes Compacts for Equality and Sustainable Development [viewed]

ECLAC5 May 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) proposed to the biennial session of the Commission six "social compacts" on equality and development covering fiscal policy, investment, industrial policy, inclusive financing, labor reform, public services, environmental sustainability and natural resource governance. 

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