Energy

UNEP Synthesis Report on Biomass Science Calls for More Sophisticated Approach to Biofuels Production [viewed]

© UNEP16 October 2009: The United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management has published its first report, entitled “Towards Sustainable Production and Use of Resources: Assessing Biofuels.”

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IEA Ministerial Meeting Discusses Partnerships for Energy Challenges [viewed]

© IEA15 October 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA) celebrated its 35th anniversary and considered the theme “Responding to Energy Challenges in Partnership” during its two-day Ministerial meeting in Paris, France, from 14-15 October 2009. The meeting gathered energy ministers from the 28 IEA member countries to share views on key energy and environment challenges. In addition, IEA partner countries China, India and Russia participated for the first time together and guest speakers Henry Kissinger and Etienne Davignon - two key founders of the IEA - and Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), helped mark the anniversary milestone.

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UNESCAP Releases Report on Greening Growth in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

© UNESCAPOctober 2009: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) has released a report entitled “Greening Growth in Asia and the Pacific.”

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IEA Ministerial on “Responding to Energy Challenges in Partnership” Opens in Paris [viewed]

© IEA14 October 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA) is holding a two-day ministerial-level event in Paris, France, from 14-15 October 2009, themed “Responding to Energy Challenges in Partnership.”

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IEA Releases Technology Roadmap for Carbon Capture and Storage [viewed]

© IEA13 October 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a document entitled “Technology Roadmap: Carbon Capture and Storage,” as part of a series of publications to be produced at the behest of the G8 to advance innovative energy technologies.

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Ministerial Meeting Calls for Appropriate Recognition of Carbon Capture and Storage [viewed]

13 October 2009: The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) – a ministerial-level initiative comprising developed and developing countries – agreed that the viability of carbon capture and storage (CCS) “should be appropriately recognized” as a key mitigation strategy in a future climate change agreement. This agreement came out of a meeting of environment and energy ministers from CSLF members in London, UK, on 12-14 October 2009.

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IDB Funds Second-Generation Biofuels in Chile [viewed]

© IDB6 October 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will fund a feasibility study in Chile to explore sustainable biodiesel derived from forest industry byproducts and wood waste, which do not compete with food production.

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UNIDO Co-organizes Global Renewable Energy Forum 2009 [viewed]

© ENB9 October 2009: From 7-9 October 2009, the Global Renewable Energy Forum 2009, co-organized by the Ministry of Energy of Mexico and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), brought together over 2000 participants from over 73 countries, including 30 ministers and high-level representatives, to discuss “Scaling up Renewable Energy.”

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Universal Postal Union Measuring Industry's Carbon Footprint [viewed]

9 October 2009: On World Post Day, celebrated annually on 9 October, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) has called attention to its initiative to measure the postal industry's carbon footprint, with the objective of proposing industry-wide measures to reduce it.

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FAO Highlights the Risks of Climate Change to Food Security in Report on “How to Feed the World in 2050” [viewed]

© FAO8 October 2009: A new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) details the investment required to ensure food security in 2050, noting both the impacts of climate change on agricultural production, as well as the mitigation potential of agriculture.

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