Energy

EBRD and GGRF to Combat Gas Flaring in the Russian Federation and Central Asia [viewed]

8 November 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Bank-led Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership (GGFR) will help governments in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan introduce energy efficiency measures and environmental standards in oil and gas operations.

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CPF Highlights Role of Forests for Bioenergy [viewed]

7 November 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has released a statement on the role of forests in coping with future demands for bioenergy, improving environmental quality and increasing economic opportunities.

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IFPRI Study Confirms Concerns over Land-use Change Effects of EU Biofuel Policies [viewed]

4 November 2011: A new study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a centre of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), analyzes the question of indirect land-use change (ILUC) in relation to the EU's Renewable Energy Directive. It finds that ILUC issues are a valid concern, but that the impact depends on the type of feedstock crop used as well as other factors such liberalization of international trade in biofuels.

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G20 Cannes Summit Calls for Fossil Fuel Subsidy Phase-out and Successful Climate Negotiations [viewed]

G204 November 2011: The Group of 20 (G20) Leader's Summit in Cannes concluded with the adoption of a declaration that addresses energy markets, green growth, and climate change, among other issues. Leaders called for rationalizing and phasing-out perverse fossil fuel subsidies, and reiterated their committment to a successful outcome at the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of the year.

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CIF Meeting Approves Support to Eight Countries to Address Climate Change [viewed]

4 November 2011: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) approved US$1.08 billion in near-zero-interest loans and grants to support Bolivia, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Lao PDR, Mali, Mexico and Nepal in their efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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ADB Funding Hydropower Plant in Lao PDR [viewed]

ADB3 November 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide approximately US$465 million to support the construction of a 440-megawatt hydropower plant in northern Lao PDR, which will generate an estimated 2,072 gigawatt hours of energy annually for export to neighboring Thailand.

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2011 Human Development Report Focuses on Sustainability and Equity [viewed]

2 November 2011: The 2011 Human Development Report, titled "Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All,” highlights that equity and sustainability are inextricably linked. It notes that, if bold actions are not taken, environmental damage, including climate change effects, can slow or reverse development progress made in recent years. 

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UN Secretary-General Presents Vision Statement on “Sustainable Energy for All," Announces Membership of High-Level Group [viewed]

1 November 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon formally launched his High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) and the related SE4ALL initiative, presenting his Vision Statement on the initiative and announcing the membership of the High-level Group. The Group will be responsible for mobilizing action by all stakeholders on energy access and energy poverty.

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CEB's Common Statement on Rio+20 Notes Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

31 October 2011: The UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) has issued a common statement on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), following the CEB's biannual meeting and retreat. The statement underscores that eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development "must start with the recognition that the world has changed in fundamental ways."  

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UNEP Releases Report on Changing Environment – From Rio to Rio+20 [viewed]

1 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled “Keeping Track of Our Changing Environment: From Rio to Rio+20,” which provides comprehensive statistical data illustrating environmental changes to the planet since the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, or Rio Earth Summit), and ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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