Energy

New IEA Executive Director Selected [viewed]

11 March 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) Governing Board has selected Maria van der Hoeven (Netherlands) to succeed Nobuo Tanaka as IEA Executive Director, beginning 1 September 2011.

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IEA Chief Economist and Stern Warn on Climate Complacency [viewed]

10 March 2011: Fatih Birol, Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA),  and Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the London School of Economics, have published an Op-Ed titled "Urgent Steps to Stop the Climate Door Closing," in which they warn against the danger of not doing enough to tackle climate change.

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UNIDO's Magazine Highlights Possibilities of Climate Compatible Development [viewed]

March 2011: The fifth issue of the UN Industrial Development Organization's (UNIDO) magazine “Making It: Industry for Development” has been published on the theme “Trade: Engine of Development?” The issue includes articles on climate compatible development, as well as an assessment of what the shipping and aviation industries are doing to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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Event: Fourth Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention [viewed]

This meeting is the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the UN Economic Commission on Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention). It will seek to provide an opportunity to discuss public participation in international forums, the procedure for accession to the Convention by States from outside the UNECE region, and the role of the Aarhus Convention in promoting sustainable development. The latter is the theme of the high-level segment on 1 July 2011. The meeting is expected to adopt the draft Chisinau Declaration on the role of the Aarhus Convention in promoting sustainable development, as a contribution to the UNCSD process.  

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World Bank Approves Energy Efficiency and Security Loan for Jamaica [viewed]

10 March 2011: The World Bank approved a US$15 million loan to support an energy efficiency and security project in Jamaica. The project is expected to result in detailed policies and plans on renewable energy, to reduce the country's high dependence on imported petroleum products and move to cleaner fuels.

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CSD Preparatory Meeting Addresses Climate, SIDS and Transport Issues [viewed]

4 March 2011: The Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the 19th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 19) took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 28 February-4 March 2011.

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IEA Publishes Review of Poland's Energy Policy [viewed]

2 March 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the latest in its series of policy reviews, “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Poland 2011 Review,” which breaks down its investigation into sections on general energy policies, sectoral policies and energy technologies.

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Event: International Symposium on Isotopes in Hydrology, Marine Ecosystems and Climate Change Studies [viewed]

Organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and hosted by the Government of the Principality of Monaco, this event aims to share recent research on the use of isotopic techniques in hydrology, climate change studies, marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Specific topics for discussion will include: the role of isotopes in understanding and modelling climate change, marine ecosystems and the water cycle; carbon dioxide sequestration and related aspects of the carbon cycle, such as ocean acidification; isotopes in groundwater flow modelling for large aquifers; and analytical methods and instrumentation for the application of isotopes in environmental, climate and hydrological studies. The symposium is aimed at professionals in fields related to the issues being discussed, as well as government officials and policymakers.  

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IEA Highlights Importance of Energy Security for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

8 March 2011: Addressing the Windsor Energy Group (WEG) annual consultation to UK policy-makers, Richard Jones, International Energy Agency (IEA) Deputy Executive Director, underscored the role of energy efficiency in addressing climate change.

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European Commission Unveils Roadmap for Competitive Low-carbon Europe [viewed]

8 March 2011: The European Commission has unveiled a roadmap for building a competitive low-carbon Europe by 2050, describing the cost-effective pathway to reach the EU's objective of cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80-95% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels.

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