Energy

UNEP Launches en.lighten Initiative Website [viewed]

5 November 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a new website for the en.lighten initiative, which was created in 2009 as a partnership between UNEP, OSRAM GmbH and Philips Lighting, with the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Earth Fund.

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IEA Releases World Energy Outlook 2010 [viewed]

9 November 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the 2010 edition of its flagship publication, the World Energy Outlook, which projects global energy production and consumption out to 2035 based on three scenarios: current policies; policies promised since the agreement of the Copenhagen Accord; and the IEA's best case, 450ppm scenario.

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IEA Releases Results of Initial Phase of Smart Grid Technology Roadmap [viewed]

8 November 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a document containing the initial findings of its upcoming Smart Grids Technology Roadmap.

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US, Australia Discuss Environmental Cooperation [viewed]

7 November 2010: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Melbourne, Australia, where she met Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, Foreign Minister of Austalia, and others to discuss ways of further strengthening cooperation between the two countries, including on science, technology and the environment.

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EU Highlights Environmental Issues Before G20 Leaders Summit [viewed]

5 November 2010: In a joint letter to the G20 Leaders, Herman Van Rompuy, European Council President, and Manuel Barroso, European Commission President, presented the views of the EU on key issues on the agenda of the upcoming G20 Leaders Summit, including full support for G20 work on development as an important contribution to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and addressing environmental issues.

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APEC ICT Ministers Adopt Okinawa Declaration [viewed]

1 November 2010: The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministers responsible for the telecommunications and information industry (ICT) gathered in Okinawa, Japan, from 30-31 October 2010, under the theme "ICT as an Engine for New Socioeconomic Growth," and discussed the role of ICT in environmental management, among other issues.

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European Commission Launches Public Consultation on Decarbonizing the European Economy [viewed]

27 October 2010: The European Commission has launched a public consultation aimed at gathering views from stakeholders and the public on decarbonizing the European economy by 2050.

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All-Africa Energy Week Discusses Clean Energy for Sustainable Development [viewed]

5 November 2010: The first All-Africa Energy Week (AAEW) took place in Maputo, Mozambique, from 1-5 November 2010, on the theme "Energy Infrastructure and Services in the Context of Climate Challenges."

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UNEP African Carbon Asset Development Facility Announces Green Financing Projects [viewed]

4 November 2010: The African Carbon Asset Development Facility (ACAD), which is a partnership between the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and its Risoe Center, the German Government and Standard Bank, has announced it will finance seven projects. The announcement was made at the Second African Bankers' Carbon Finance and Investment Forum, which convened in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 4-5 November 2010.

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EIB Funds Clean Energy in the Dominican Republic [viewed]

3 November 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide US$37 million to finance high-voltage electricity transmission networks in the Dominican Republic, to enable power generated by new wind and hydroelectric power plants to be distributed across the country.

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