Energy

Event: IEA 2009 Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

The International Energy Agency (IEA) will convene a ministerial-level meeting to discuss global energy and environmental challenges. Discussions will focus on: ensuring secure and sustainable energy supplies in the aftermath of the economic crisis; necessary steps required to meet tough climate change targets; and addressing the aforementioned challenges at the global level. Additional talks will be held on improving global energy dialogue, ensuring comprehensive energy security and actions for assuring the sustainability of energy supplies in the future. The event will also include a presentation highlighting important features of the World Energy Outlook 2009 to be released ahead of schedule in November 2009, to give decision makers and negotiators the most up-to-date information available in the run-up to Copenhagen.  

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UN Summit on Climate Change Discusses Measures to Help the Most Vulnerable and Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greets US President Barack Obama as he arrives for the Climate Change Summit - © UN22 September 2009: The UN Summit on Climate Change convened in New York, US, on 22 September 2009, bringing together approximately 100 Heads of State and government. At the close of the Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced optimism that negotiations for a new climate agreement are on the “right track,” but also warned that momentum must be maintained to ensure success in Copenhagen.

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IPCC WG Holds Expert and Lead Author Meetings on Renewable Energy [viewed]

L-R: The Special Report is developed under the responsibility of the Co-Chairs of the IPCC's Working Group III Youba Sokona, Ottmar Edenhofer, and Ramón Pichs Madruga - © IPCC WG III4 September 2009: Working Group (WG) III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) held the second lead author meeting for the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) from 1-4 September 2009, in Oslo, Norway. The meeting was preceded by an expert meeting on Modeling Renewable Energies, held from 30-31 August 2009.

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Long-Term Mitigation May Cost 0.1% of Average Global Annual GDP Growth - OECD [viewed]

© OECD18 September 2009: A new book titled The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation: Policies and Options for Global Action Beyond 2012, launched by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), concludes that a full-fledged global carbon market would cost just one-tenth of a percent of average world annual GDP growth between 2012 and 2050 to achieve moderately ambitious climate targets. Put differently, this would mean a 4% reduction in GDP in 2050 compared to a scenario where no policy action is taken. Over the same period, world GDP growth is projected to grow by more than 250%.

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UNGA Second Committee to Address Climate Protection [viewed]

© UN17 September 2009: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly has decided to discuss the protection of global climate for present and future generations.

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ADB Creates Financing Facility for Energy Efficiency in Pakistan [viewed]

© ADB17 September 2009: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is extending US$780 million to Pakistan through a financing facility for energy efficiency projects to secure the country's growing energy needs and reduce its reliance on costly, polluting fossil fuels.

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EIB Funds Energy Efficiency in Italy [viewed]

17 September 2009: The European Investment Bank (EIB) is supporting Italy, through a US$200 million framework loan to Centrobanca, to finance small and medium-scale energy efficiency projects, hydroelectric, wind, photovoltaic and biomass plants.

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Scientific Forum on Energy for Development Convenes during IAEA General Conference [viewed]

© IAEA17 September 2009: A special scientific forum on “Energy for Development” took place from 15-16 September 2009, during the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) 53rd General Conference, held from 14-18 September 2009, in Vienna, Austria.

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GEF, UNDESA and UNESCAP Collaborate in Capacity Building Initiative on Financing Sustainable Electrification [viewed]

10 September 2009: The e8 group of electric utility companies, in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) recently convened a conference on “Financing Sustainable Electrification: South and South-East Asia Dialogues,” in Bangkok, Thailand.

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UN Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs Links Climate Change and Stimulus Projects [viewed]

© UN9 September 2009: In a statement to the Green Korea 2009 Conference, UN Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang encouraged developing countries to continue on a “greener” path to growth by targeting large investments toward energy efficiency, renewable energy and public transport.

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