Energy

UNFCCC Climate Change Meeting Opens in Bangkok [viewed]

5 April 2011: The first part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14) and the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 16) have opened in Bangkok, Thailand.

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IRENA PrepCom Selects Adnan Amin as Director-General Designate [viewed]

4 April 2011: The Preparatory Commission for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) held its fifth and final session on 3 April, during which it discussed provisional rules of procedure, staff and financial matters, host country agreements, and work programme and budget, among other agenda items.

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World Bank Launches e-Atlas of Global Development [viewed]

4 April 2011: The World Bank has launched an e-Atlas, which provides an interactive tool that maps and graphs more than 175 indicators from the World Bank's development database, including CO2 emissions, energy use, freshwater use, forest areas, marine protected areas and resource depletion.

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UN Secretary-General Visits UNEP and GEF Assisted Geothermal Project in Kenya [viewed]

2 April 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Joint Geophysical Imaging (JGI) for the Geothermal Reservoir Assessment Project in Olkaria, Kenya, to witness the development of geothermal energy in Kenya's Rift Valley.

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World Bank Conference and Report on East Asian Development Focus on Green Growth [viewed]

April 2011: The World Bank held a high-level forum for policy debate on East Asia's development challenges and opportunities, from 21-22 March 2011, in Singapore. The role and future of "green growth" for the region were among the topics and themes of the forum. During the meeting, the World Bank launched a special edition of its half-yearly report, the "East Asia and Pacific Economic Update." 

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IMF Recommends Fiscal Instruments and Financial Support to Transform Global Energy System [viewed]

31 March 2011: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued a factsheet on "Climate Change and the IMF," which suggests that stabilizing global atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases will require a dramatic transformation of the entire global energy system, and recommends fiscal instruments to internalize environmental costs and large-scale and predictable financial assistance for developing countries to support action on climate change.

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Global Green Growth Institute to Open Regional Office in UAE, Collaborate with IRENA [viewed]

13 March 2011: The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), launched in 2010 to promote environmentally sustainable economic growth, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Foreign Affairs to establish a Middle East and North Africa regional office in Abu Dhabi's Masdar City and to develop joint capacity-building programs.

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ADB Supports Geothermal Power Plants in Indonesia [viewed]

30 March 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is set to approve a US$500 million loan to Indonesia to set up three geothermal power plants with a total capacity of 165 megawatts.

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UNFCCC Publishes Further Views on Market-based Mechanisms [viewed]

30 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has  published three further submissions (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/MISC.2/Add.1) from Cuba, Egypt and Tuvalu on views on the elaboration of market-based mechanisms.

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UN-HABITAT Releases Report on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

29 March 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has released a report titled "Global Report on Human Settlements 2011 – Cities and Climate Change," which indicates that while cities are responsible for the largest proportion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, they provide clear economic and social opportunities for their inhabitants if they are planned sustainably.

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