Energy

UNFCCC Publishes Sweden's Fifth National Communication Review Report [viewed]

19 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/IDR.5/SWE) of the in-depth review of the fifth national communication (NC5) of Sweden.

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Event: IHA World Congress [viewed]

The theme for the IHA 2011 World Congress will be “Advancing Sustainable Hydropower,” which reflects the Association's mission. The World Congress will tackle issues in relation to hydropower development, such as water and energy security, climate change and financing development, whilst impacts on the role of hydropower and other water and energy services will be discussed with a view to specifying action.  

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Event: Major Economies Forum: Brussels April 2011 [viewed]

The Brussels meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) is co-hosted by Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, and Michael Froman, US Deputy National Security Adviser for international economic affairs. This is the first MEF session since the Cancún Climate Change Conference. The agenda includes implementation of the Cancún Agreements, climate finance, the legal form of a future global climate framework, the Kyoto Protocol, and goals for the Durban Climate Change Conference.  

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World Bank Study Highlights Growth Potential for China's Electric Vehicles Industry [viewed]

20 April 2011: A new World Bank study, titled "The China New Energy Vehicles Program: Challenges and Opportunities," estimates that the growth of electric vehicles over the next 10 years is expected to be significant, with industry forecasts suggesting that global plug-in vehicle sales will contribute between 2-25% of new vehicle sales by 2025.

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IEA Report Proposes Steps for Sustainable Global Biofuels Expansion [viewed]

20 April 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report entitled “Technology Roadmap: Biofuels for Transport,” which describes the necessary steps to realize ambitious global biofuels targets.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Stresses the Role of EU Leadership in Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

19 April 2011: Addressing the High-level Inter-parliamentary Debate on Climate Change at the European Parliament, in Brussels, Belgium, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, observed that, in spite of all its encouraging outcomes, Cancun did not solve key political questions.

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AfDB, GEF Discuss Project Portfolio [viewed]

15 April 2011: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) held a two-day strategy meeting to discuss new programming opportunities in Africa, including programmatic approaches to the challenges of the Lake Chad Basin.

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Report of 60th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board Released [viewed]

15 April 2011: The report of the 60th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board, which was held from 11-15 April 2011, in Bangkok, Thailand, is now available.

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CDM Executive Board Launches Call for Public Inputs on Small-Scale Methodology [viewed]

15 April 2011: At its 60th meeting, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) approved the new small-scale methodology “low greenhouse gas emitting water purification systems” and agreed to launch a call for public inputs to explore opportunities to further expand the usability of this methodology.

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New Zealand Accedes to IRENA [viewed]

14 April 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has received New Zealand's instrument of accession, deposited on 1 April, bringing its total membership to 70 countries.

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