Energy

UNEP Finance Initiative Convenes 2009 Global Roundtable [viewed]

22 October 2009: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is convening its 2009 Global Roundtable in Cape Town, South Africa, from 22-23 October 2009. The purpose of the meeting is to explore ways towards achieving sustainable financial markets and economies.

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ITU Approves Energy Efficient Universal Phone Charger [viewed]

© ITU22 October 2009: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has approved an energy-efficient universal mobile phone charger that is expected to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

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UNECE-FAO Forum Underscores Role of Forest Sector in Reducing Emissions, Green Economy [viewed]

© UNECE21 October 2009: A policy forum on “The Forest Sector in the Green Economy,” organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 15 October 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, highlighted the need to promote and maximize the forest sector's contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to reflect this in post-Kyoto climate change agreements.

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UNECE-FAO Workshop Highlights Green Building for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

© UNECE21 October 2009: A workshop on “Responding to climate change: wood's place in a global approach to green building,” was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) during the Timber Committee Week, held from 12-16 October 2009. Among the workshop's conclusions was agreement that green building is a solution to climate change mitigation: energy-efficient construction for new buildings and renovation of existing buildings can reduce 40-50% of energy used for space and water heating.

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World Forestry Congress Addresses Forests and Energy [viewed]

© WFC 200920 October 2009: A special forum on Forests and Energy convened today as part of the XIII World Forestry Congress, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The event consisted of three panels, addressing the current status and trends of technology for wood energy production and use, the social and environmental impacts of bioenergy production, and bioenergy policy and measures to plot a course for sustainable outcomes.

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UNIDO to Support Energy Efficiency and Environmentally-Friendly Production in South Africa and Tunisia [viewed]

© UNIDO20 October 2009: Two new projects developed by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) aim to help achieve a sustainable transformation of energy practices in South Africa and promote environmentally-friendly production in Tunisia.

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OECD Launches Publication on Mitigation Economics [viewed]

© OECDOctober 2009: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has produced a book entitled “The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation: Policies and Options for Global Action Beyond 2012.”

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India Hosting Climate Change-related Meetings [viewed]

© UN DESA19 October 2009: The Government of India is hosting a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings related to climate change in the coming week.

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Third GEF-5 Replenishment Meeting Discusses Allocations for Focal Areas [viewed]

© GEF15 October 2009: The third meeting of participants for the fifth Global Environment Facility (GEF-5) Replenishment convened at the World Bank office in Paris, France, from 14-15 October 2009.

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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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