Energy

ITU Pushes for Role of ICTs to be Recognized in Copenhagen Agreement [viewed]

© ITU28 September 2009: At the first ever Virtual International Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Climate Change, held on 23 September 2009, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said it would press for recognition in Copenhagen of the importance of ICTs as a cross-sectoral tool to combat climate change.

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UNECE Publishes Study on Energy-Efficient Housing [viewed]

© UNECE28 September: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a study on energy-efficient housing entitled “Green Homes.”

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UNECE Committee to Work on Climate Neutral Cities [viewed]

Presentation that noted the use of electric vehicles as one of the key drivers of a global energy transition28 September 2009: One of the outcomes of the 70th session of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management, which convened from 23-25 September 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, was the decision to include in the Committee's programme of work a study on climate neutral cities.

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GEF, UNEP and Partners Launch Renewable Energy Project Insurance Scheme [viewed]

© UNEP-GEF-CarbonRe24 September 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) are supporting an innovative mechanism for insuring renewable energy projects in developing countries. The global renewable energy insurance facility, which was launched by Munich, RSA Insurance Group (RSA) and CarbonRe, will be operated via an internet website and will offer standard and customized insurance solutions for renewable energy projects in developing countries.

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G-20 Leaders Commit to Tackle Energy and Climate Change [viewed]

© U.S. Department of State25 September 2009: Leaders of countries representing 85 percent of the world's economy agreed on commitments on climate change and energy, among others, during the G-20 Summit held on 24-25 September 2009, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US.

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GEF and UNEP Launch Global Platform for Efficient Lighting [viewed]

© GEF25 September 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched the “Global Market Transformation for Efficient Lighting Platform,” a public-private partnership directed at reducing global energy demand for lighting.

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UNECE and FAO Assess Wood Energy Consumption Increase [viewed]

© UNECE25 September 2009: Growing wood energy consumption linked to efforts to mitigate climate change is increasing the likelihood of severe competition for wood on traditional forest products markets. There is therefore a need to establish realistic targets for renewable energy sources, balancing traditional wood processing industry needs with growing energy needs, taking into account the sustainable availability of woody biomass in all its various forms, in the short, medium and long term.

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UNEP Releases 2009 Climate Change Compendium [viewed]

© UNEP24 September 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report entitled “Climate Change Science Compendium 2009.” The report, compiled in association with scientists around the world, reviews some 400 major scientific contributions to our understanding of Earth Systems and climate change that have been released through peer-reviewed literature, or from research institutions, over the last three years.

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UNEP Publishes Global Green New Deal Update [viewed]

© UNEP24 September 2009: A Global Green New Deal update by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), launched on the eve of the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, US, shows that the economies of China and the Republic of Korea are emerging as global leaders in their commitments to invest significant parts of their stimulus packages in environmental projects.

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IAEA Roundtable Highlights Nuclear Applications for Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change [viewed]

24 September 2009: A roundtable convened during the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) General Conference received a comprehensive presentation of the Agency's work to help Member States reduce, mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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