Energy

OAS, Guatemala Promote Ethanol Use [viewed]

guatemala-oas7 August 2014: The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Guatemala have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to implement a pilot project on the blending and use of ethanol, and to support the formation a Technical Unit on Biofuels. The project could result in savings of nearly US$104 million in oil imports for Guatemala.

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DESA Analyzes SIDS Sustainable Development Trends [viewed]

DESAAugust 2014: Despite advances toward sustainable development, small island developing States (SIDS) continue to face many challenges, according to ‘Trends in Sustainable Development: SIDS,' a publication issued by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) as an input to the Third International Conference on SIDS. The report assesses SIDS' progress in key sustainable development areas: climate change; demographics; energy; finance and trade; health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs); natural disaster management; oceans and seas; social development, including education, food security, gender equality and access to water and sanitation; tourism; and waste management.

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Event: Climate Change and the Post-2015 Development Framework: Developing Country Perspectives [viewed]

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) will host a two-day event on environmental sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in London, UK. On 10 September, an event hosted by CDKN will share and discuss perspectives from the South on how climate change should be reflected in the SDGs. This will be followed, on 11 September, by a closer look at the food-water-energy nexus and how countries on three continents are managing the challenge of reducing poverty while developing sustainably. The event will be broadcast via webcast.  

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CEM Workshop Focuses on Energy Efficiency, Demand Response in India [viewed]

6 August 2014: A workshop held under the auspices of the Clean Energy MinisterialClean Energy Ministerial (CEM) brought together air conditioning (AC) manufacturers, providers of demand response technologies, and regulatory experts, to consider how India can best employ energy efficiency and demand response to meet the challenges of rising electricity demand, especially as AC unit sales and usage skyrocket in the country.

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FS-UNEP Highlights Climate Finance Projects and Training [viewed]

fs-unep-centreAugust 2014: The Frankfurt School (FS)-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance has published its sixth newsletter, which highlights, inter alia, work the Centre has carried out to increase the resilience of microfinance institutions (MFIs), to shift finance toward climate-friendly investments and to equip professionals to become climate and renewable energy finance experts.

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DESA to Recognize Innovative Sustainable Energy Practices [viewed]

DESAJuly 2014: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched an initiative to identify, disseminate and scale up successful experiences and best practices in sustainable energy and sustainable development. The initiative will disburse an annual grant of US$1 million for institutions or individuals demonstrating leadership and innovation in practices aimed at meeting the global energy challenge.

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UNEP Foresight Report Identifies Emerging Issues for SIDS [viewed]

UNEPJune 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report on priority issues for small island developing States (SIDS). ‘Emerging Issues for Small Island Developing States: Results of the UNEP Foresight Process' is one of UNEP's contributions to the Third International SIDS Conference convening in Apia, Samoa, in September 2014, and it is aligned with one of the thematic issues of the Conference: “identify new and emerging challenges and opportunities for the sustainable development of SIDS and ways and means to address them.”

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Event: Fifth US-India Energy Partnership Summit [viewed]

Organized under the theme 'Accelerating Resilient Growth and Development,' the Fifth US-India Energy Partnership Summit will address a variety of bilateral issues related to energy efficiency, security, access and technology, including multi-stakeholder discussions on new collaborations in the areas of: renewable energy; green buildings and sustainable cities; decentralized energy access; shale gas; and climate change. The Summit, hosted annually since 2009 by TERI North America and Yale University, brings together senior political representatives, leading policy makers, researchers and corporates from the two countries. The 2014 Summit will coincide with the Indian leadership's visit to the US.  

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First US-Africa Summit Addresses Energy, Food Security [viewed]

us.africa.summit6 August 2014: The US-Africa Summit, which brought together over 50 Heads of State from Africa and US President Barack Obama, addressed, inter alia: promoting inclusive sustainable development; expanding trade and investment ties; engaging young African leaders; and expanding cooperation on peace and security. The Summit also featured sessions on resilience and food security in a changing climate, and combatting wildlife trafficking.

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World Bank Announces US$5bn for Power Generation in Africa [viewed]

power.africa5 August 2014: The World Bank has committed US$5 billion in technical and financial support for energy projects in six African countries partnering with US President Barack Obama's Power Africa Initiative. The support will consist of direct financing, investment guarantees and advisory services for project preparation, with the aim of creating 2.5 GW in new electricity generation capacity.

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