Energy

IEA Releases Guide to Policy Makers on Carbon Capture and Storage [viewed]

IEAJanuary 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report titled "A Policy Strategy for Carbon Capture and Storage," which serves as a guide to policy makers to support the development of national and international policy on carbon capture and storage (CCS), both conventional fossil fuel CCS and bioenergy with CCS (BECCS).  

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ITU and Telefónica Launch Sustainable Energy for All Mobile App Competitions [viewed]

1 February 2012: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Telefónica have launched two challenges for the creation of new mobile applications (or “apps”) that address the issue of sustainable energy for all. The challenges seek to uncover innovative information and communication technology (ICT) approaches to support the 2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.

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UNFCCC Publishes Finland's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

30 January 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report (FCCC/ARR/2011/FIN) of the individual review of the annual submission of Finland submitted in 2011. The report notes that in 2009, the main greenhouse gas (GHG) in Finland was carbon dioxide, accounting for 83.5% of total GHG emissions expressed in CO2 eq, followed by nitrous oxide (N02) (8.6%) and methane (CH4) (6.4%).

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Intergovernmental Meeting on the GEO-5 SPM Reviews Report [viewed]

31 January 2012: The Intergovernmental Meeting on the Fifth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5) Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) concluded after three days of delibaration. The GEO-5 SPM highlights a number on innovative responses that are required to meet internationally agreed goals in areas such as biodiversity, sustainable development and climate change.

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UNEP Preparing Draft Medium-Term Strategy [viewed]

UNEP30 January 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has circulated a draft of its Medium-Term Strategy (MTS) 2014-2017 to organizations accredited to UNEP. The MTS is intended to guide the work of UNEP for the four-year period and provide a framework for measuring progress, achievements and results.

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UNHCR Helps Equip Refugee Camps with Fuel Efficient Stoves [viewed]

26 January 2012: The UN Human Rights Commission's (UNHCR) five-year campaign called ‘Light Years Ahead' is helping to provide lighting and fuel-efficient stoves in African refugee camps to support the livelihoods of the people and improve the safety of women and girls.

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WEF Addresses Energy Poverty, Rio+20 [viewed]

30 January 2012: The World Economic Forum (WEF) held its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from 25-29 January 2012, gathering industry, business, government and other world leaders to discuss current issues. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in two panels, on ending energy poverty and on the perspectives for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), warning “we cannot build a green economy on the backs of the poorest and most vulnerable people.”

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UK, Caribbean Countries Agree on Sustainable Growth Action Plan [viewed]

CARICOM23 January 2012: The seventh UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum, which was organized under the theme "Sustainable Growth Toward Prosperity," concluded with the adoption of a 31-point action plan. The UK agreed to give the region 75 million pounds over four years for its implementation, with 4.9 million pounds earmarked for climate change work.

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GSP Report Calls for Making Social and Environmental Costs Transparent [viewed]

30 January 2012: The UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) has released its final report, titled “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing.” The report's 56 recommendations seek to mainstream sustainable development into economic policy, by integrating social and environmental costs into pricing and measuring of economic activities.

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Davos Forum Debates Adaptation to Climate Risk [viewed]

26 January 2012: Participating in a session on Adapting to Climate Risk, held at the annual World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UK, noted that the world is heading towards a 3°C increase in global average temperature, and warned that this situation "will bring temperatures not seen for three million years, with unforeseeable consequences."

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