Energy

SPC Holds Cost-Benefit Analysis Workshop [viewed]

SPC29 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) held a workshop at the Kiribati Institute of Technology to train government officers to use cost-benefit analysis (CBA) as a framework to improve decision making and project quality, in particular for projects affected by climate change.

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CDM Reaches 6000th Project Milestone [viewed]

UNFCCC30 January 2013: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has reached the 6,000 project milestone, with the registration of the “Phuong Mai 3 Wind Power Project,” a wind power project in Viet Nam expected to reduce 32,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year.

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OECD Reports Examine Energy Taxation and Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Efforts [viewed]

OECD28 January 2013: The Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has highlighted the findings of two new OECD reports: "Taxing Energy Use" and "Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013."

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IEA Study Evaluates Economic Instruments for Energy Efficiency in Buildings [viewed]

IEA29 January 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has issued a report that evaluates the effectiveness of taxes, loans and grants, public procurement and other “economic instruments” in enhancing energy efficiency in the building sector.

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IEA Study Offers Innovative Proposals for Enhancing Climate Finance for Energy Efficiency [viewed]

IEA29 January 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report on “Plugging the Energy Efficiency Gap with Climate Finance,” which evaluates climate finance in funding energy efficiency projects in developing countries and explores the potential to channel finance for energy efficiency under the new Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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AfDB Hosts Panel on Private Sector Engagement in CIF Operations [viewed]

AfDB16 January 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released a summary of a panel discussion it hosted among representatives from government, international financial institutions, and the private sector on private sector investment in the operations of the Climate Investment Partnership (CIP).

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SLoCaT Reviews Megatrends in Transport and Future Directions [viewed]

31 January 2013: A review document by the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) considers megatrends in transport, the Partnership's effectiveness towards realizing its objectives, and future directions. The review document was prompted by the 2009 Partnership mandate to review progress within three years of its establishment.

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Event: IEA-RETD Workshop on Communication Strategies for Renewable Energy [viewed]

This meeting will present the results of a scoping study commissioned by the International Energy Agency's Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD) Implementing Agreement that explored experiences with developing effective communication strategies for renewable energy, and identifying and addressing barriers to increasing effectiveness in the future. The objective of the meeting will be to address the following questions: How can communication campaigns be better prepared and evaluated?; How can audience identification and segmentation be improved?; What goals are most feasible for government communications campaigns? and; What are the most significant barriers to effective communications in the renewable energy sector? The meeting will include a summary of results from the project team and highlight good practice case studies from government, the corporate sector and civil society. These experiences and findings will be discussed in interactive discussion sessions. Finally, the meeting will set out to identify knowledge gaps in renewable energy communications, barriers to improved communications and address ways in which IEA-RETD can tackle these problems. The Communication of Best Practices for Renewable Energies (RE‐COMMUNICATE) project is being carried out for IEA-RETD by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Green Budget Germany / Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft (FÖS), and the renewable energy communications agency Collings & Monney. Participation in the meeting is open to all, pending space at the event location.  

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UNDP Study Outlines NAMA on Sustainable Charcoal in Uganda [viewed]

UNDP31 January 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a “Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action Study on Sustainable Charcoal in Uganda,” identifying major opportunities in the charcoal sector to prevent carbon emissions and foster sustainable development in least developed countries.

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6th EU-Brazil Summit Reflects on Rio+20 and Doha [viewed]

24 January 2013: The 6th EU-Brazil Summit discussed a range of issues for cooperation between the EU and Brazil, including the outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and the Doha Climate Change Conference, as well as renewal of the EU-Brazil strategic partnership.

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