Energy

UN Celebrates Earth Hour [viewed]

26 March 2011: The UN turned out the lights at its New York Headquarters at 8:30 p.m. in observance of Earth Hour 2011, a global event aimed at promoting awareness of the need to take action on climate change.

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UNEP Supports Sochi 2014 Ecological Programme [viewed]

23 March 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that, as part of its collaboration with the 2014 Winter Olympic Games Sochi organizing committee, it has submitted to the Organizing Committee environmental action plans that cover key areas including Zero Waste and Climate Neutrality.

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Event: Regional Critical Energy Issues Dialogue [viewed]

This senior-level meeting coordinated by the Organization of American States (OAS) will discuss Latin America and the Caribbean's (LAC) critical energy and climate issues. Participants will also take stock of initiatives under the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) and plan for the region's Energy and Climate Ministerial to be hosted by Colombia in April 2012. Among the topics slated for discussion are energy efficiency, land use and forestry, climate change/adaptation, cleaner fossil fuels and accelerating clean energy deployment in LAC.  

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UNIDO, EU Collaborate on Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development [viewed]

25 March 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is working on ways to develop its strategic partnership with the EU, particularly on the issues of inclusive growth and sustainable development.

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Event: Sustainable Transport and Air Quality Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean 2011 [viewed]

This Conference is co-sponsored by the Clean Air Institute (CAI), the Spanish Fund for Latin America & the Caribbean (SFLAC), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, GIZ and the City of Rosario, Governments of Brazil, Mexico and Spain. Participants will discuss “How to Achieve Sustainable Urban Transport?” Among other things, the Conference will examine health and environmental benefits of improving urban transport, emissions inventories and monitoring, use of alternative fuels, carbon financing to improve urban transport, and regional collaborative initiatives in Latin America & the Caribbean. The main conference will be held on 11-13 May. The Conference will be preceded on 9-10 May by training courses organized with the collaboration of GIZ. On 10 May, a high-level meeting will take place with transport and environment authorities, specialists and key stakeholders from leader cities that are transitioning to sustainable transportation, to discuss and advance a regional agenda, and provide technical and political inputs for regional and global transport and climate negotiations.  

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UNESCO Releases Staff Guide to Greening [viewed]

24 March 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched the "Staff Guide to Greening UNESCO," which offers UNESCO staff simple tips to incorporate environmentally-friendly behavior into their work life.

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UNWTO, Thailand Improve Hotels' Energy Efficiency [viewed]

24 March 2011: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of Thailand have concluded a project that assisted hotels in reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy costs through energy-saving technologies.  

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UNEP, Frankfurt School Launch Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance [viewed]

March 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management have partnered to create the Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance, which aims to facilitate structural changes in energy supply and use around the globe.

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CDM Methodologies Panel Launches Call for Public Inputs [viewed]

23 March 2011: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Methodologies Panel has launched a call for inputs from public stakeholders on the draft revised methodology titled “Baseline and monitoring methodology for the recovery and utilization of waste gas in refinery facilities.”

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World Bank Approves GEF Grant for Energy Efficiency Programme in China [viewed]

22 March 2011: The World Bank approved a US$13.4 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to provide technical assistance and capacity building to improve the quality and sustainability of energy efficiency programmes in three Chinese provinces.

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