Energy

UN Launches High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

20 September 2011: On behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro announced the creation of a High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All that is to be at the head of a major new initiative to universalize access to sustainable energy.

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ADB Releases Report on Green Growth in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

ADB20 September 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled “Greening Growth in Asia and the Pacific,” which aims to present a snapshot of ADB's support to environmentally sustainable growth in the region.

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EU Agriculture Ministers Discuss Energy Use of Biomass of Agricultural Origin [viewed]

20 September 2011: The EU agriculture ministers, meeting in the Council on 20 September 2011 in Brussels, Belgium, held an exchange of views on the energy use of biomass of agricultural origin as an important element of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

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Event: IRENA IITC Renewables Competitiveness and Innovation Workshop [viewed]

This workshop on renewables competitiveness and innovation is organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC), upon the occasion of its inauguration of the IITC. It will be attended by high level government representatives, business and industry, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs. The workshop will have sessions on: the economics of renewables, focusing on competitiveness, costs and benefits; innovation for accelerated development; the next big developments in renewables; and the IITC roadmap.  

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Event: Official Opening of the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) [viewed]

This event marks the opening of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) upon the occasion of its inauguration of the IITC. This office in Bonn, Germany, is to compliment the work of IRENA's headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), by working towards a framework for renewable energy technology support, as well as cost reduction potentials and policies to support innovation and increased use of standards. The event on 7 October will consist of an opening ceremony and panel discussion titled "Towards the Age of Renewables." The event will be attended by high-level government and international organization representatives, and will be open to the press. On 6 October, a pre-inauguration workshop on renewables competitiveness and innovation will be held. The workshop will have sessions on: the economics of renewables, focusing on competitiveness, costs and benefits; innovation for accelerated development; the next big developments in renewables; and the IITC roadmap.  

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IEA Publishes Technology Roadmap for Industrial CCS Applications [viewed]

International Energy Agency (IEA)20 September 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report titled “Technology Roadmap – Carbon Capture and Storage in Industrial Applications,” which indicates that carbon capture and storage (CCS) could potentially reduce carbon dioxide emissions from industrial applications by four gigatons by 2050.

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African Energy Ministers Conference Adopts Johannesburg Declaration [viewed]

African Union (AU)16 September 2011: African Energy Ministers convened for a two-day conference titled “Road to Durban: Promoting Sustainable Energy Access in Africa,” to develop and agree on priorities for sustainably developing Africa's energy sector. Concluding with the adoption of the Johannesburg Declaration, the Ministers lamented that climate change threatens to reverse the developmental gains that have been achieved in recent years.

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MDG Gap Task Force Releases 2011 Report [viewed]

16 September 2011: The UN Secretary-General has launched the annual report prepared by the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Gap Task Force, titled "The Global Partnership for Development: Time to Deliver." This report assesses the current state of the global partnership to meet the MDGs, and includes a section on access to technology and funding to address climate change.

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IRENA Director-General Lauds Pacific Island Nations' Renewable Energy Aspirations [viewed]

12 September 2011: Speaking at the Pacific Islands Forum, Adnan Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), underscored the potential for renewable energy to create prosperity.

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UNEP, Mexico to Cooperate on Green Economy and Low-carbon Development [viewed]

12 September 2011: Mexico's Environment Minister, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, and the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, have signed a cooperation agreement on green economy and sustainable low-carbon development. The agreement was signed against the backdrop of the Ministerial Meeting on Short Lived Climate Forcers hosted by Mexico.

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