Energy

GBEP Meeting on GHG Methodologies for Bioenergy Concludes [viewed]

16 March 2010: The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) convented the seventh meeting its Task Force on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Methodologies in The Hague, the Netherlands. The meeting discussed possible improvements to the GBEP's “Version Zero” of the “GBEP Common Methodological Framework for GHG Lifecycle Analysis of Bioenergy,” released in June 2009.

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GBEP's Technical Working Group on Bioenergy Technologies Meets [viewed]

19 March 2010: The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) convened the sixth Technical Working Group meeting of the Task Force on Financing, Capacity Building and Technology Cooperation for Sustainable Bioenergy in The Hague, the Netherlands. The working group is tasked with aiding in the deployment of technologies for sustainable bioenergy development.

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IFPRI Publishes Study on the EU Biofuels Mandate [viewed]

March 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a report titled “Global Trade and Environmental Impact Study of the EU Biofuels Mandate.” The report is one of four commissioned by the European Commission to assess the impacts of the 10% target for the use of renewable energy in road transport fuels by 2020.

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Event: IEA Workshop: Biofuels for Transport [viewed]

This workshop is being convened as part of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Technology Roadmap creation process for biofuels for transport, which aims to offer technical, policy, legal, market and organizational guidelines for successful development of sustainable biofuels for transport. At this workshop, researchers and representatives of government and industry will discuss the development of conversion pathways for advanced biofuels, production costs, infrastructure requirements, vehicle compatibility, and other technology-related topics over a four-decade timeframe.  

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UNECE Approves Air Quality Monitoring Guidelines [viewed]

30 March 2010: The “Weekly” newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), for the period 29 March-2 April 2010, reports on the meeting of the Extended Bureau of the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy, which approved guidelines on air quality monitoring and furthered preparations for the seventh Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe.”

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CDM Executive Board Launches Calls for Public Inputs [viewed]

26 March 2010: Four calls for public inputs have been launched by the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), as agreed at its 53rd meeting.

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IMO Environment Committee Focuses on GHG [viewed]

26 March 2010: The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) held its 60th session from 22-26 March 2010, in London, UK, and focused on the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping.

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IEA Publishes Report on Costs of Electricity Generation [viewed]

25 March 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) have released the seventh edition of the Projected Costs of Generating Electricity. The report presents the relative costs of generating electricity from various fuels and technologies in 21 countries, concluding that no one technology “triumphs overall” and that specific national circumstances affect choices of generation methods.

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Event: Fifth GEF Replenishment Meeting [viewed]

The last meeting of the Fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5) will seek to reach a final agreement on the size of the next GEF Trust Fund replenishment (2010-2014), and criteria to allocate funding.  

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CARIFORUM-EU Political Dialogue Addresses Preparations for Cancun [viewed]

24 March 2010: The first CARIFORUM-EU Political Dialogue was held in Kingston, Jamaica, on 23 March 2010, to discuss issues of common interest. Among the challenges facing the Caribbean, delegates discussed the global financial crisis, regional food security, high dependence on energy and problems related to climate change and natural disasters.

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