Energy

IDB Launches Contest to Promote Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean [viewed]

IDB15 February 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the 2012 IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest for the Caribbean, which will award up to US$200,000 for projects involving energy efficiency and access to renewable energy in the region.

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World Bank President Robert Zoellick Will Not Seek Another Term [viewed]

World Bank15 February 2012: The President of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, has announced his plan to step down at the end of his five-year term, on 30 June 2012.

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Businesses Gather for Summit on Sustainable Growth [viewed]

14 February 2012: KPMG International, in cooperation with the UN Global Compact, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), hosted a Summit on the Business Perspective for Sustainable Growth, at which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for business leaders' support in achieving “critical mass” for corporate sustainability.

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Delhi Sustainable Development Summit Considers Ways to Combat Climate Change [viewed]

4 February 2012: The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2012 (DSDS 2012) concluded with global leaders and policy makers pledging to protect the global commons and adopt sustainable methods. Participants discussed international cooperation to address climate change, green growth and clean energy, among other issues.

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LAC Energy Efficiency Network Appoints Executive Director [viewed]

3 February 2012: The Latin American and Caribbean Energy Efficiency Network (LAC-EE) has appointed Mentor Proveda as its Executive Director, effective 16 January 2012.

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UNEP Risø Centre Discusses Barriers to Climate Technology Transfer [viewed]

January 2012: A report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development, titled "Overcoming Barriers to the Transfer and Diffusion of Climate Technologies," provides practical guidance on analyzing barriers to climate change-related technology transfer and on measures to overcoming them.

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Event: First IUFRO-FORNESSA Regional Congress [viewed]

The Congress will provide a platform for African forest scientists, forest managers and policy makers and their colleagues from other parts of the world to share and exchange information and experiences on critical issues affecting forest and wildlife resources in Africa. The overall goal of the congress is to demonstrate how forest science is impacting on livelihoods, environmental management and development in Africa. The Congress will highlight research that puts relevant information in the hands of forest communities, forest managers, policy makers, the private sector and civil society. Specific themes to be covered will include: Forests and Climate Change; Forests and Water; Forest Policy, Governance and Trade; Forest Biodiversity and Conservation; and Agroforestry, Energy and Food Security. IUFRO is the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations. FORNESSA is the Forestry Research Network of Sub-Saharan Africa, which is supported by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). The conference is in part supported by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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Guest Article #73: The Phase-out of Inefficient Lighting to Mitigate Climate Change and Increase Energy Access by 2016 [viewed]

The phase-out of inefficient lighting is one of the quickest, easiest and most cost-efficient ways to combat climate change and save energy globally. Electricity for lighting accounts for almost 20% of electricity consumption and 6% of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF) en.lighten initiative is a globally-coordinated effort to accelerate the transition to efficient lighting to mitigate climate change.

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BCIE Funds Clean Cook Stoves in Honduras [viewed]

15 January 2012: The Central American Integration Bank (BCIE) has approved a US$1 million grant to Honduras to provide 9,575 clean cook stoves to households to improve health, reduce deforestation and mitigate climate change.

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CIF Civil Society Observers Elected [viewed]

14 February 2012: The organization RESOLVE has announced the election of representatives for civil society observers for the period 2012-2014 at the Climate Investment Funds (CIF).

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