Energy

UNDP, UNIDO, IEA Hold Expert Workshop on Energy Access and Poverty [viewed]

7 May 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have collaborated on a one-day workshop titled “Towards Universal Energy Access: MDGs and Beyond,” held in Paris, France, on 7 May 2010.

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DESA Highlights Importance of Affordable Transport for Achieving MGDs [viewed]

May 2010: The monthly newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) features an article on the role of affordable transport in achieving sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs).

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IEA Releases Two Solar Technology Roadmaps [viewed]

11 May 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released two Roadmaps on Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Photovoltaic (PV) electricity production during the Mediterranean Solar Plan Conference taking place in Valencia, Spain, from 11-12 May 2010. In introducing the roadmaps, IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka underscored that solar energy could represent 20-25% of global electricity production and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by six billion tons per year by 2050.

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Third Global Biodiversity Outlook Highlights the Linked Challenges of Biodiversity Loss and Climate Change [viewed]

10 May 2010: The third edition of Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3), a major assessment of the current state of biodiversity and the implications of its continued loss for human well-being, has been launched. The report notes that the linked challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change must be addressed with equal priority and in close coordination, if the most severe impacts of each are to be avoided.

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Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Releases Sustainability Standards [viewed]

7 May 2010: The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) has released its complete set of biofuels sustainability standards. The numerous standards compiled in this database range from a technical draft for EU market access to standards approved for pilot testing on: chains of custody; certification and accreditation bodies; and application of rules to specific conditions.

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UN-Energy Publishes Strategic Reviews of Progress and Future Work [viewed]

28 April 2010: In conjunction with the launch of the report of the Secretary-General's Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UN-Energy published two reports comprising strategic reviews of its past, present and future work.

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Report of 25th Meeting of CDM Small-Scale Working Group Released [viewed]

7 May 2010: The report and annexes of the 25th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Small Scale Working Group (SSC WG), which was held from 26-29 April 2010, in Bonn, Germany, are now available on the CDM website. At the meeting, the SSC WG considered issues relating to baseline and monitoring methodologies for small-scale CDM project activities.

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GEF Funds Fuel Cell Buses in Shanghai World Expo 2010 [viewed]

May 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has contributed US$6 million to produce six fuel cell buses that will be used to shuttle visitors at the World EXPO 2010 "Better City - Better Life."

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EIB and Partners Establish Joint Climate Change Fund [viewed]

7 May 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB), the French Development Agency (AFD) and the European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the Interact Climate Change Fund.

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Third Conference on International Air Transport Cooperation Convenes [viewed]

6 May 2010: The Third Conference on International Air Transport Cooperation took place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 6-7 May 2010. In an opening address, Raymond Benjamin, Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), spoke about the three components of an efficient global air transport sector: safety, security and sustainability.

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