Energy

World Bank Purchases Carbon Credits from Poland's Energy-Efficiency in Buildings Scheme [viewed]

World Bank5 October 2011: The World Bank and the Government of Poland have signed an Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement (ERPA) whereby the Bank will buy carbon credits generated by Poland through energy efficiency measures in public buildings.

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European Commission, EEA Release Reports on EU Emissions [viewed]

7 October 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Commission have released a series of reports aimed at providing a comprehensive picture on past and projected greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the EU.

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UN Launches Guidelines for Eco-efficient and Socially Inclusive Cities [viewed]

October 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), in partnership with the Urban Design Lab of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, have jointly released the "Guidelines for developing eco-efficient and socially inclusive infrastructure," which provide practical tools for city planners and decision makers to reform urban planning and infrastructure design according to the principles of eco-efficiency and social inclusiveness. 

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Event: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 [viewed]

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 will convene under the theme "The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models," whereby leaders return to their core purpose of defining what the future should look like, aligning stakeholders around that vision and inspiring their institutions to realize that vision.  

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CCCCC Update Highlights SIDS' Calls for Action on Climate [viewed]

CCCCC4 October 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has published the September 2011 edition of its Climate Change News Update. The edition contains a summary of major international and regional climate change-related news, highlighting calls by representatives of small island States for urgent action to mitigate climate change and to support the adaptation efforts of the poorest countries.

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en.Lighten Middle East and North Africa Conference Adopts Beirut Declaration [viewed]

30 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) en.lighten Partnership has announced that government officials in the Middle East and North Africa have agreed to phase-out incandescent light bulbs.

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EBRD Invests in Renewable Energy and Efficiency Projects in Turkey [viewed]

29 September 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting Turkey's investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to increase energy savings and reduce carbon emissions.

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Event: 2011 IEA Ministerial and Energy Business Council Meetings [viewed]

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is holding its 2011 IEA Meeting of the Governing Board at Ministerial Level. The meeting will be convened under the theme "Our Energy Future: Secure, Sustainable and Together" and will focus on IEA's work on energy security, sustainability (economic and environmental) and engagement with non-member countries. In that vein, the event will host ministers from 28 IEA member countries and 9 partner countries, plus the EU (the partner countries are Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, and the Republic of South Africa, together with Chile and Estonia as candidates for accession). These countries represent more than two-thirds of global energy production and more than three-fourths of global demand. The Ministerial serves as an opportunity for ministers and industry leaders from all over the world to discuss major energy issues and the future of the global energy system, with 35 Executives from the IEA's Energy Business Council taking part in the opening session, themed "Government and Industry: Co-operating to secure a better energy future."  

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EU Finance Ministers Recommend Progress on Climate Finance [viewed]

4 October 2011: The Economic and Financial Affairs Council of the EU, which gathers EU finance ministers, has adopted conclusions on climate finance, in which the Council stresses the need to provide a transparent report on fast-start finance to ensure trust among UNFCCC parties, confirming that the EU will report in Durban on this issue.

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EU-Brazil Summit Tackles Climate Change, Energy and Social Dimension of Rio+20 [viewed]

4 October 2011: The Fifth EU-Brazil Summit was held in Brussels, Belgium, on 4 October 2011. The resulting joint statement addresses climate change, energy and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), among other issues.

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