Energy

World Bank and GEF Support Dioxin Control in the Pulp Industry and Smart-Transport in City Clusters in China [viewed]

World Bank - GEF29 March 2012: The World Bank has approved two Global Environment Facility (GEF) grants totaling US$19.8 million to support reduction of dioxins from the pulp and paper industry and promote eco-transport development in city clusters in China.

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Nordic Council of Ministers Biomass Conference Begins Process to Promote Sustainable Nordic Biomass [viewed]

26 March 2012: The Nordic Council of Ministers has reported on the outcome of a Nordic-Baltic biomass conference held in Copenhagen on 21 March 2012, noting the Baltic Sea region can become a leader in sustainable biomass production.

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UNU, IPCC Convene Workshop on Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Mitigation [viewed]

2 April 2012: The UN University (UNU) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) convened a three-day workshop on “Climate Change Mitigation with Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples: Practices, Lessons Learned and Prospects.” Participants examined how mitigation efforts can impact indigenous peoples and local communities, and what barriers exist to their involvement and their capacity to benefit.

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IEA Publishes CCS Retrofitting Study for the Coal Energy Sector [viewed]

IEA29 March 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a working paper analyzing of the global coal-fired plant fleet, drawing on existing research on carbon capture and storage (CCS) retrofitting.

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IDB Grant Promotes Sustainable Management of Energy Resources in Peru [viewed]

IDB29 March 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a CAD$19 million grant from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to support the Program for a Sustainable and Efficient Management of Energy Resources in Peru.

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UN Observes “Earth Hour” [viewed]

31 March 2012: The UN observed “Earth Hour” on 31 March by turning off the lights at its New York Headquarters and other facilities around the world, for one hour. Earth Hour was launched in 2007 by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and calls for people, organizations and cities to turn off non-essential lights for an hour.

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Planet Under Pressure Conference Releases State of the Planet Declaration [viewed]

29 March 2012: The 2012 Planet Under Pressure Conference, which convened under the theme “New Knowledge Towards Solutions,” issued the "State of the Planet Declaration," which includes statements of support from the Planet Under Pressure Board of Patrons, the UN Secretary-General, and the youth movement.

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BRICS Call for Accelerating Growth and Sustainable Development [viewed]

29 March 2012: At the conclusion of a one-day meeting, leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) issued the New Delhi Declaration on Partnership for Global Stability, Security and Prosperity, which calls for accelerating growth, sustainable development, and food and energy security. 

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UNEP SEED Symposium Highlights Role of Grassroots Entrepreneurs in the Green Economy [viewed]

29 March 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened the SEED Symposium, which aimed to provide a platform to explore the potential contribution that small, medium and micro enterprises can make to the Green Economy, and to showcase the 2011 SEED award winners.  

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OAS Dialogue Examines Governance of Sustainable Energy and Climate Change [viewed]

OAS28 February 2012: A public dialogue on governance of sustainable energy and climate change mitigation in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) discussed policy policy challenges, needs and reforms necessary to improve energy access and security, and promote diversification source while mitigating climate change.

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