Energy

UNEP Report Highlights Rise in Emerging Economies' Investment in Clean Energy [viewed]

© UNEP3 June 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative (SEFI) and New Energy Finance have released this year's Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2009 Report. The report finds that investment in clean energy in 2008, although hampered by very difficult market conditions, topped 2007's record investments by 5%, largely as a result of China, Brazil and other emerging economies.

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ECOSOC Releases Report of the 11th Session of the Committee for Development Policy [viewed]

© ECOSOCMay 2009: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has released the report (E/2009/33) of the 11th session of the Committee for Development Policy, held from 9-13 March 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The report addresses the following themes: international cooperation on global public health and the importance of tackling inequalities; the global financial turmoil and its impact on developing countries; climate change and development; and the triennial review of the list of the least developed countries.

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OECD Publishes Study on Sectoral Approaches in Developing Countries and the Carbon Market [viewed]

© OECD28 May 2009: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has presented a new study by Richard Baron (International Energy Agency (IEA)), Barbara Buchner (IEA) and Jane Ellis (OECD) titled “Sectoral Approaches and the Carbon Market.”

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World Bank Approves First Climate Investment Fund Project [viewed]

© World Bank28 May 2009: The World Bank approved a US$600 million loan to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy in Turkey.

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ADB-Backed Conference Calls on Transport Sector to Curb Emissions [viewed]

© World Bank May 2009: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has co-organized, with the Clean Air Institute and the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, a conference that sought to build consensus on the required policy response to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport in the developing world.

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CCS High-Level Conference Concludes [viewed]

© CCS Norway31 May 2009: Organized by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and the Ministry of the Environment, the High-Level Conference on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) took place in Bergen, Norway, from 27-28 May 2009.

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World Bank Funds Energy Efficient Light Bulb Replacement in Togo [viewed]

28 May 2009: The World Bank approved an Efficient Lighting Project for the City of Lome, Togo, including a Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant totaling US$1.82 million to: disseminate at least 400,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to replace incandescent light bulbs currently in use; organize outreach and awareness-building campaigns aimed at promoting an energy efficiency culture; and introduce a regulatory and quality control mechanism in the national distribution market for CFLs.

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FAO and IFAD Collaborate on Study that Identifies Biofuels and Carbon Markets as Partial Drivers of International Land Acquisition Deals [viewed]

© 26 May 2009: A collaborative study by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) suggests that increased demand for biofuels and, to a lesser extent, increased land values through emerging carbon markets, are among the factors that drive international land acquisition deals.

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OECD Releases Technical Reports on GHG Mitigation [viewed]

26 May 2009: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)-IEA Annex I Expert Group has released two reports on Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation.

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UN Secretary-General Discusses Climate Change with Finnish President [viewed]

© ENB26 May 2009: In a press conference while on an official visit in Helsinki, Finland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reported on his meeting with Finnish President Tarja Halonen.

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