Energy

UNCTAD's World Investment Report 2010 Focuses on Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

22 July 2010: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published its World Investment Report 2010, with a focus on "Investing in a Low Carbon Economy."

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World Bank, GEF Support Eco-City Project in China [viewed]

22 July 2010: The World Bank has approved a US$6.16 Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to support the Sino-Singapore Eco-City Project (SSTECP) in Tianjin, China, an area of 34.2 square kilometers that is designed to become a model of energy and resource efficiency while maintaining economic viability and social harmony.

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IEA Reports: China Becomes the World's Largest Energy Consumer [viewed]

20 July 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced that China's energy consumption has surpassed that of the US sooner than expected, and is now the highest in the world.

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Event: IRENA: Fourth Session of the Preparatory Commission [viewed]

This meeting will be the fourth and final session of the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) Preparatory Commission. IRENA became a fully-fledged international organization on 8 July 2010, with the 25th ratification of its statute. The agenda will include: the nomination of a second interim Director General to replace departing interim Director General, Hélène Pelosse; propositions for the 2011 Work Programme and its budget (currently assumed to be about US$ 18 million for 2011); more closely defining its permanent institutions; the planning of the first General Assembly; and presentations of winner of the “Solar for all” design competition.  

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Renewables Initiatives Announced at Clean Energy Ministerial [viewed]

21 July 2010: Ministers and industry leaders from 24 countries representing over 80% of the world's energy and a similar percentage of the world's market for clean energy technologies met in Washington DC, US, on 19-20 July 2010, to participate in the first Clean Energy Ministerial.

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CDM Executive Board Launches Call for Public Inputs on Draft Methodology [viewed]

21 July 2010: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched a call for public inputs on the draft methodology “Consolidated methodology for electricity and heat generation from biomass residues” prepared by the CDM Methodologies Panel.

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IEA Releases Updated Report on Gaps in Clean Energy Development [viewed]

21 July 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report aimed at decision makers titled “Global Gaps in Clean Energy RD&D: Update and Recommendations for International Collaboration.”

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UNEP GRID-Arendal Launches Website on Methane Gas Hydrates [viewed]

21 July 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), under the auspices of its collaborating center in Norway, UNEP/GRID-Arendal, has launched a website on its Global Outlook on Methane Gas Hydrates project.

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US Mission to the UN in Geneva Goes Green [viewed]

21 July 2010: The US Mission to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, has announced it will be greening their grounds in August 2010, with the help from nine landscape architecture students.

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UNEP Releases Global Trends in Green Energy 2009 Reports [viewed]

16 July 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) have released UNEP's Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2010, and the REN21's Renewables 2010 Global Status Report.

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