Energy

IRENA Holds First Renewable Energy Jobs Conference [viewed]

irena-energy-jobs21 January 2014: The Renewable Energy Jobs Conference, organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), took place in connection with the World Future Energy Summit. The Conference discussed how the renewables sector has become a significant employer with potential for creating millions more jobs worldwide in coming years.

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IRENA Releases Roadmap to Double Global Renewable Energy Share [viewed]

IRENA19 January 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a roadmap for doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030. The report, titled 'REmap 2030 – A Renewable Energy Roadmap: Summary of Findings,' concludes that the global renewable energy share could reach 30% by 2030 through existing policies and technologies.

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Event: Green Growth Knowledge Platform Regional Practitioners' Workshop [viewed]

The Green Growth Knowledge Platform's (GGKP) Workshop on Green Growth in Africa, titled 'Pathways to Green Growth in Africa,' aims to: explore the rationale for green(er) growth in an African context; facilitate policy dialogue and knowledge sharing; and discuss practical implementation issues. The workshop will focus on setting an African green growth vision through thematic sessions and exploring linkages among natural resources management, renewable energy and greening infrastructure. Participants will, inter alia, focus on green growth landscapes in Africa, including a discussion on the specific challenges faced by African countries, such as high dependence on natural resources for growth and rapid infrastructure, and discuss green growth in practice, including discussions on forest-friendly growth in the Congo Basin and parallel sessions designed to facilitate an exchange of ideas and identify areas for collaboration. Also during the workshop, The Program on Forests (PROFOR) will convene sessions, providing a practical introduction for assessing and monitoring forest governance and enhancing climate resilience including through climate change mitigation and adaptation.  

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Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project Seeks to Enable Countries to Grow Economies, Decrease Emissions [viewed]

unsdsn23 January 2014: Countries need to develop long-term “deep decarbonization” pathways to limit global temperature rise to below 2°C and avoid a business-as-usual scenario, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Developing such pathways will require, inter alia, unprecedented technological diffusion and innovation, infrastructure building, financial mechanisms and regulation, and consumer behavior changes.

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European Commission Analyzes Energy Prices and Costs [viewed]

European Union 22 January 2014: The European Commission has released the 'Energy Prices and Costs Report,' which seeks to inform policy makers on recent energy price increases in Europe and their impact on energy consumers. The report describes the drivers for rising retail energy prices, with a focus on electricity and gas, and analyzes how their prices have evolved in recent years in different EU member States.

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January 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank AFDB21 January 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) made a number of investments in the water and sanitation sector in January 2014, including in Albania, Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Madagascar, the Russian Federation, Togo and Viet Nam, for projects aimed at improving basic urban services, providing rural access to water supply and sanitation, expanding hydromet systems to monitor hydrological information, and improve the climate resilience of irrigated agriculture and water supply and sanitation services, among others.

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EIB, Masdar to Fast-Track Clean Energy Investment [viewed]

masdar-eib20 January 2014: The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, have signed a framework agreement to support joint investment opportunities for developing and financing clean energy projects in North Africa and the Middle East.

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World Bank Launches 'Thirsty Energy' Initiative [viewed]

Thirsty-Energy21 January 2014: The World Bank has launched the 'Thirsty Energy' initiative in response to interlinked water and energy challenges, including growing competition for energy and water resources by an expanding global population, and increasing uncertainty caused by climate change.

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World Bank Paper Outlines Options for Low-Carbon Urban Investment in Shanghai [viewed]

World Bank21 January 2014: The World Bank has announced a paper that presents innovative bottom-up approaches to help cities set low-carbon targets and identify cost-effective, low-carbon investments for meeting these targets. The methodology presented in the study, titled 'Applying Abatement Cost Curve Methodology for Low-Carbon Strategy in Changning District, Shanghai,' is designed to be replicable in cities elsewhere in China and around the world.

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New CTCN Director Appointed [viewed]

Unep Logo18 January 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that Jukka Uosukainen has been appointed as the Director of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), the operational arm of the UNFCCC's Technology Mechanism.

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