Energy

Report on Measuring Energy Access for Sustainable Development Released [viewed]

7 June 2010: Columbia University's Earth Institute has released a paper titled “Measuring Energy Access: Supporting a Global Target.” The paper was co-authored by various UN agencies, the International Energy Agency (IEA), and the World Bank, among others.

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G-20 Continues Discussion of Fossil Fuel Subsidies [viewed]

5 June 2010: The Meeting of Finance Ministers of major advanced and emerging economies and Central Bank Governors (G-20), which convened in Busan, Republic of Korea, on 5 June 2010, welcomed the strategies and timetables provided by many G-20 members for rationalizing and phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption.

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World Environment Day Celebrated [viewed]

6 June 2010: UN agencies celebrated World Environment Day on 6 June 2010, under the theme “Many Species. One Planet. One Future.” The celebrations included a number of activities, such as the launch of "Greening the Blue," which aims to encourage UN agencies to become climate neutral, solar power activities in Rwanda, and a website devoted to informing youth about climate.

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EU-Pakistan Summit Agrees Five-Year Cooperation Plan [viewed]

4 June 2010: The second EU-Pakistan Summit, which took place on 4 June 2010, in Brussels, Belgium, agreed to set in motion a five-year cooperation plan, with objectives and joint actions to be defined at future regular meetings, including on climate change and energy.

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US-India Strategic Dialogue Discusses Cooperation on Climate and Energy [viewed]

3 June 2010: At the US-India Strategic Dialogue, held in Washington DC, US, on 1-4 June 2010, both countries recognized opportunities to deepen their cooperation in environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation, energy security, food security and people empowerment, among other issues.

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World Bank Approves Financing for Chillers Replacement [viewed]

3 June 2010: The World Bank approved a bundle of financial instruments for a project called the “Chillers Energy Efficiency Project,” which will replace around 375 chillers in the Philippines with more climate-friendly technologies.

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UNEP Releases Report on Ecosystem Restoration [viewed]

3 June 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a new report titled "Dead Planet, Living Planet: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration for Sustainable Development." The report highlights that the repair of forests, lakes and other types of nature reserves that have been damaged or depleted can generate wealth, create jobs, sequester carbon and alleviate poverty.

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Report on Impacts of Consumption and Production Released [viewed]

2 June 2010: The International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has released a report titled "Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production - Priority Products and Materials."

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World Bank Responds to Civil Society on Financing Fossil Fuels and Adaptation [viewed]

27 May 2010: Kseniya Lvovsky, the World Bank's Climate Change Team Manager, responded online to questions by civil society on the World Bank's strategy for climate change, including on the Bank's approach to fossil fuel financing and the availability of funds for adaptation.

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World Bank Finances Green Energy in Kenya [viewed]

27 May 2010: The World Bank has approved a US$330 million loan for Kenya to expand electricity access and expand geothermal power generation as part of its green energy development strategy.

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