Energy

IEA OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin Discusses Smart Grids, Low-Energy Networks [viewed]

5 October 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and its Committee on Energy Research and Technology published the latest issue of the OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin, which addresses smart-grids, the IEA Technology Data Exchange, low-energy networks, and new IEA research and development projects.

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IRENA Preparatory Commission Selects Adnan Amin to Perform Functions of Interim Director-General [viewed]

25 October 2010: The fourth session of the Preparatory Commission of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which took place from 24-25 October 2010, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has decided that Adnan Amin will perform the functions of Interim Director-General of IRENA until the first assembly in 2011.

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FAO Releases Report on Bioenergy and Food Security in Thailand [viewed]

October 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report titled "Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS) Thailand: Key results and policy recommendations for future bioenergy development."

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IDB Launches MicroCarbon Development Fund [viewed]

21 October 2010: Through its Multilateral Investment Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched the MicroCarbon Development² Fund, which will invest in energy efficiency programmes to benefit lower income households, microenterprises, small companies and forest communities, while combating climate change.

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UNECE Timber Committee Discusses Wood Energy and Carbon Markets [viewed]

19 October 2010: The Timber Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) met on 11-12 October 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland, to review the latest international developments affecting the forest sector.

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World Bank Report 2010 Highlights Rise in Climate-Related Investments [viewed]

October 2010: The World Bank presented its Report 2010, which indicates that Bank support to low-carbon investments, including through the International Development Association (IDA) and Trust Funds, rose to US$3.9 billion this fiscal year, up from US$2.4 billion in fiscal 2009.

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OPEC Celebrates 50th Anniversary [viewed]

October 2010: The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) celebrated the 50th anniversary of its creation by making reference to its achievements, including sustainable development.

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UNDP Supports Sustainable Energy Project in Tanzania [viewed]

UNDP19 October 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting a pilot project in Tanzania that aims to reduce firewood use by 50% by providing affordable, reliable and sustainable energy services to the poor. 

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First APEC Summit on Food Security Held [viewed]

17 October 2010: Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers responsible for food security met for the first time in Niigata, Japan, from 16-17 October 2010, and agreed on the Niigata Declaration on APEC Food Security, which contains several references to climate change.

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UNEP and Partners Co-Organize Conference on Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform [viewed]

14 October 2010: The Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) co-organized a conference titled "Increasing the Momentum of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform: Developments and Opportunities," which took place from 14-15 October 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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