Energy

EU Adopts Report with Non-Binding Sustainability Criteria for Biomass [viewed]

25 February 2010: The European Commission has adopted a report on sustainability criteria for solid and gaseous biomass used in electricity, heating and cooling, which offers non-binding recommendations for sustainability criteria and monitoring methodologies for EU member States that wish to voluntarily adopt national biomass schemes.

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Chile and European Investment Bank Sign Agreement for Climate Financing [viewed]

9 March 2010: European Investment Bank (EIB) Vice-President Carlos da Silva Costa and Chile's Ambassador to the EU, Carlos Appelgren, have signed a framework agreement that aims to foster sustainable growth through the financing of investment projects of mutual interest that, inter alia, support climate change mitigation policies.

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AfDB Launches Clean Energy Bond for Japanese Investors [viewed]

8 March 2010: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has issued a Clean Energy bond, denominated in New Zealand dollars, which will be offered to Japanese retail investors during the month of March.

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US and Brazil Conclude MoU for Climate Change Cooperation [viewed]

3 March 2010: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation Regarding Climate Change on 3 March 2010.

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IFPRI Launches Project to Identify Approaches to Improve Agriculture in Developing Countries [viewed]

1 March 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute's (IFPRI) new project, Global Futures for Agriculture, will evaluate promising technologies, investments and policy reforms to improve agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability in developing countries.

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UNDP Calls on Gulf States to Help Developing Countries Harness Clean Energy to Reduce Poverty and GHGs [viewed]

8 March 2010:During the Gulf Environment Forum 2010, which is being held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from 7-9 March 2010, under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz and with the support of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Veerle Vandeweerd, UNDP Environment and Energy Group Director, called on Gulf States to exercise leadership in addressing both poverty and climate change challenges.

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ICAO Commits to Develop a Carbon Dioxide Standard for Commercial Aircraft [viewed]

19 February 2010:  The International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection's (CAEP) met at ICAO headquarters from 1-12 February 2010, in Montreal, Canada, and announced the ICAO's commitment to the development of a carbon dioxide standard for commercial aircraft by 2013. This effort would result in the first global fuel-efficiency standard for any industry sector.

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IPCC Expert Meeting Discusses Modelling Renewable Energies [viewed]

March 2010: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III convened an expert meeting on 'Modelling Renewable Energies' in Oxford, UK, from 28 February-1 March 2010, in support of the upcoming IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN), to be finalized in early 2011.

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UNCTAD's 2010 Trade and Environment Review Focuses on Promoting Poles of Clean Growth [viewed]

March 2010: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has published its Trade and Environment Review 2009/2010, which contains some 20 essays on the topic "Promoting Poles of Clean Growth to Foster the Transition to a More Sustainable Economy."

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UN Secretary-General Delivers Bernard Brodie Lecture: “Green Growth Will Power the Economy of the 21st Century” [viewed]

2 March 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered the “Bernard Brodie Lecture on Conditions for Peace” at the University of California, in Los Angeles, California, US, on 2 March 2010. He noted the interconnections in today's global world, highlighting the global financial and food crises, climate change, and global terrorism.

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