Energy

CBD Calls for Government Representatives to Participate in GRULAC Workshop on Biofuels [viewed]

© CBD23 July 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is organizing a regional workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on Ways and Means to Promote the Sustainable Production and Use of Biofuels, to be tentatively held from 28-30 September 2009, in São Paulo, Brazil.

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UN Secretary-General to Focus on Climate Change During Trip to China and Mongolia [viewed]

20 July 2009: The UN Secretary-General is scheduled to travel to China on 24 July 2009, where he will meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and other Chinese officials in Beijing, and participate in a number of climate change-related programmes, including a “Green Light” event focusing on energy efficient technologies.

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Ozone Meeting Begins Discussion on HFC Phase-Down [viewed]

Launch of the “Transition to CFC-free inhalers Awareness Package for National Ozone Units in developing countries.” L-R: Patrick McInerney, (Australia); Maqsood Akhtar, (Pakistan); Marco González, Ozone Secretariat Executive Secretary; Rajendra Shende, UNEP OzoneAction; and Helen Tope, Co-Chair Medical Options Committee, Australia.20 July 2009: The 29th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 29) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 15-18 July 2009. Discussions at OEWG 29 were dominated by consideration of a proposal submitted jointly by the Federated States of Micronesia and Mauritius (UNEP/OzL.Pro.WG.1/29/8) to amend the Montreal Protocol to include destruction of ozone depleting substance (ODS) banks and phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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IMO Circulates Interim Measures to Reduce GHG from International Shipping [viewed]

© IMO17 July 2009: The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) held its 59th session from 13-17 July 2009, in London, UK, and agreed to circulate interim voluntary measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping. The MEPC also issued a work plan of market-based instruments to offset growing emissions in other sectors and to serve as an incentive for the industry to invest in more fuel-efficient technologies.

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Ozone Secretariat Convenes Two Climate Change-Related Workshops [viewed]

© The dais during the openening of OEWG-2916 July 2009: The Ozone Secretariat convened a workshop on the management and destruction of ozone-depleting substance (ODS) banks and the implications for climate change on 13 July 2009, followed by a workshop for a dialogue on high global warming potential alternatives to ODS on 14 July 2009. Both meetings were held in Geneva, Switzerland, in advance of the 29th meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG-29) to the Montreal Protocol, which is taking place from 15-18 July 2009.

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Press Conference on Climate Talks at G8 Summit Held at UN Headquarters [viewed]

15 July 2009: At a press conference on the results of the recent meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) and the Major Economies Forum (MEF), which took place in Italy, Janos Pasztor, Director of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team, underscored that countries still had some “formidable differences” to bridge in order to “seal a deal” in Copenhagen in December. Among the key outcomes of these meetings, he referred to: the two degrees Celsius target endorsed by the leaders attending; the agreement to establish a global partnership to drive transformational low-carbon, climate-friendly technologies; the promise to increase dramatically the necessary investments in research and development; and the consideration of establishing a “Green Fund.”

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UN Secretary-General Calls for the Non-Aligned Movement's Support to Move Toward a Greener Economy [viewed]

© NAM15 July 2009: In a speech to the High-Level Segment of the 15th Non-Aligned Movement Summit, which took place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from 15-16 July 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that, just as when the Non-Aligned Movement was founded, the world today faces complex crises threatening development and security. He pointed to the severe economic and financial crisis, and the effort to “Seal the Deal” on climate change in Copenhagen later this year.

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World Bank Carbon Finance Unit Responds to Civil Society [viewed]

© World Bank14 July 2009: Joëlle Chassard, Manager of the World Bank's Carbon Finance Unit, engaged in an online chat with people from all over the world, responding to queries related to the Bank's work on carbon finance on issues ranging from deforestation to financing clean energy for the poor.

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WIPO Conference Discusses Role of Innovation in Mitigating Climate Change [viewed]

© WIPO13 July 2009: During the Conference on Intellectual Property and Public Policy Issues held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13-14 July 2009, and organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), participants discussed the role of intellectual property (IP) in promoting the development and diffusion of green technologies to combat climate change.

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EBRD Funds Use of Forest Waste for Biomass-Fired Heat and Power Plants [viewed]

13 July 2009: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide a loan for the equivalent of €29 million to phase-out inefficient diesel and oil-fired generators in Siberia, Russia.

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