Energy

OECD Briefing Reviews Taxation, Innovation and the Environment [viewed]

June 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a briefing note titled “Taxation, Innovation and the Environment,” which illustrates how carbon and other pollution taxes, as well as similar instruments, positively affect innovation.

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Event: Second Session of the IRENA Assembly [viewed]

The second International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly is scheduled to take place in January 2012.  

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IEA Publishes Updated Technology Roadmap on Electric and Hybrid Vehicles [viewed]

5 July 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released an updated version of its “Technology Roadmaps - Electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EV/PHEV)” report, which indicates that forecasted manufacturing of electric and hybrid vehicles is behind national targets.

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REEEP Announces Funding for 21 Low-Carbon Energy Projects [viewed]

30 June 2011: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has announced €3 million in funding for 21 clean energy projects in 17 countries, focusing on improving access to modern energy services and promoting low carbon energy development in developing countries.

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CIFOR Releases Paper on Carbon Accounting for Bioenergy [viewed]

4 July 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a paper titled "Improved methods for carbon accounting for bioenergy: Descriptions and evaluations." The paper explains that because bioenergy is counted under the UNFCCC as originating from the land-use sector rather than the energy sector, bioenergy emissions are often not fully accounted for in countries with greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions obligations.

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African Renewable Energy Conference Focuses on Gender [viewed]

1 July 2011: The third International Conference of the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA), held on the theme “Renewable Energy and Gender,” aimed to provide a platform for participants to consult about the policies, technologies and financial mechanisms needed to promote renewable energy deployment in the African region, with a focus on the linkages between energy and gender.

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UN-Energy, Major Electricity Producers Sign Declaration on Public-Private Partnerships [viewed]

June 2011: UN-Energy, together with the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (formerly the e8 network) of leading global electricity companies, met at the "Global Summit to Strengthen Public-Private Partnerships to Accelerate Global Electricity Technology Deployment" to discuss public-private partnership best practices to advance sustainable energy development.

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IEA Paper Explores Benefits of Weatherizing Low-Income Housing [viewed]

June 2011: The Energy Efficiency Unit (EEU) of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report titled “Evaluating the co-benefits of low-income energy-efficiency programmes,” which discusses co-benefits related to low-income weatherization programmes addressing poor housing quality, the main driver of fuel poverty, as well as innovative methods for their financing.

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ACP MEAs Newsletter Focuses on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in SIDS [viewed]

29 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the EU have released the June issue of their newsletter on the African, Caribbean and Pacific Multilateral Environment Agreements (ACP MEAs) project. The newest newsletter is sub-titled "The Future of the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Small Island Developing States."

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UNEP-Risoe Launches Technology Transfer Publication Series [viewed]

29 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-Risoe Centre has announced the launch of a new publication series titled "Technology Transfer Perspectives," which aims to stimulate debate and information sharing on technology transfer among academics, experts, policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders, and will include mitigation and adaptation-side approaches.

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