Energy

AfDB, Denmark Establish Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa [viewed]

15 July 2011: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Denmark have entered into a technical cooperation agreement to establish a sustainable energy fund for Africa (SEFA). With a budget of US$57 million, the SEFA's objective is to provide technical capacity building and capital for investment to support sustainable energy provision for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa over a five-year period.

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PIFS, SPREP Coordinate "Writeshop" for Renewables and Desalination Projects [viewed]

14 July 2011:  The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) coordinated a "writeshop" that aimed to help over 40 participants prepare proposals for the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund and the Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy Project (PIGGAREP).

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IDB Finances Wind Power Farms in the Dominican Republic [viewed]

IDB13 July 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is promoting wind power energy in the Dominican Republic, through loans for a total of US$78.3 million for the construction of two wind farms that will add 80.6 megawatts to, and diversify, the national energy matrix.

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UNCSD Secretary-General Outlines Eight Priorities for UNCSD [viewed]

13 July 2011: Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), summarized his recent speech in Washington, DC, US, in a new post to his blog. He elaborated on eight “new and emerging challenges” that States and other stakeholders have highlighted for priority attention. The challenges include energy access, green jobs, sustainable agriculture, marine resources and financing.

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ADB Supports Biomass Waste Project for Clean Energy [viewed]

11 July 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a project for regional technical assistance that will assist the Greater Mekong Subregion to increase the efficient use of biomass waste in agriculture to meet the need for clean energy and food security of poor rural communities.

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REEEP Southeast Asia and the Pacific Newsletter Highlights E4All Network [viewed]

July 2011: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has published the July issue of its Southeast Asia and the Pacific Newsletter, with news on renewable energy policy and project developments, financing, energy for all, and upcoming events in the region.

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Event: Recharging the European Electric Vehicle Market: Meeting Infrastructure and Standardisation Challenges [viewed]

This symposium will seek to move the current electric vehicle debate forward and guide participants through the challenges that lie ahead in the development of a standardized European electric vehicle market, such as Europe-wide charging and electricity infrastructure standardization. The symposium will also consider the implications for city planners of an expanded market-share for electric vehicles, as well as ongoing research and development advances, EU subsidies and improvements to supply from the power grid.  

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IMO Environment Committee Adopts Mandatory GHG Reduction Measures [viewed]

15 July 2011: The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted mandatory measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping, representing the first ever mandatory global greenhouse gas reduction regime for an international industry sector.

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ICAO Journal Focuses on Aviation Market-based Measures [viewed]

15 July 2011: The latest issue of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Journal contains a number of articles on aviation and climate change, including on: national mitigation action plans; mitigation financing; carbon regimes; the New Zealand model of emissions trading; and alternative fuels.

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UN Secretary-General in Finland: Sustainable Development is UN's Top Priority [viewed]

15 July 2011: During his official visit to Finland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with President Tarja Halonen and called for greater attention to sustainable development, highlighting that climate change is a growing threat to people and economies worldwide.

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