Energy

Mediterranean Climate Change Initiative Launched [viewed]

22 October 2010: The Greek Government, with the support of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and in collaboration with leaders from across the Mediterranean, launched the Mediterranean Climate Change Initiative on 22 October 2010, in Athens, Greece.

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UNEP Releases Papers on Bioenergy Sustainability [viewed]

25 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a series of four Issue Papers on bioenergy sustainability, aiming to inform decision makers on debates and emerging issues in this policy area, as well as options for improving the sustainability of the production and consumption of bioenergy.

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G-20 Notes Progress on Fossil Fuel Subsidies [viewed]

23 October 2010: The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, on 23 October 2010, noted the progress made on rationalizing and phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies.

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ASEAN Plus Three Discuss Agriculture and Forestry Cooperation [viewed]

24 October 2010: The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministers of Agriculture of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (Plus Three Countries) met in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 24 October 2010, to discuss cooperation in agriculture and forestry.

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World Bank Funds Geothermal Energy in Kenya [viewed]

22 October 2010: The World Bank presented an Electricity Expansion Project in Kenya, expected to channel a total investment of US$1,391 million, of which the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA), is providing US$330 million, to expand energy access with clean geothermal power and new transmission lines.

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OECD Releases Paper on Climate Change and Fisheries Policy in Norway [viewed]

7 October 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper titled "Norway – Sustainable Development: Climate Change and Fisheries Policies."

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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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