Energy

IEA Offers Guidance on Renewable Energy Investment and Deployment [viewed]

IEA RETDJuly 2013: The International Energy Agency's Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD) Implementing Agreement has released four reports that make the business case for renewable energy technologies (RETs), and offer decision and policy makers guidance to manage and support RET deployment.

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ECOWAS Adopts Framework to Phase-Out Incandescent Light Bulbs [viewed]

enlighten10 July 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have adopted a regionally-coordinated framework to transition to energy efficient lighting through the complete phase-out of incandescent lamps by 2020.

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Environmentally-Friendly UN City Opens in Copenhagen [viewed]

United Nations4 July 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the opening of UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark. The offices contribute to the UN's shift towards carbon neutrality and the objective laid out in the Millennium Declaration to make the UN more coherent and efficient.

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Pacific SIDS Adopt Nadi Draft Outcome in Preparation for 2014 Conference [viewed]

sids2014p12 July 2013: The Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) adopted the Nadi Draft Outcome Document, which will represent the Pacific region's contribution to the Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2014 Conference.

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UN CC:Learn Announces Launch of Ugandan Climate Change Learning Strategy [viewed]

UN CC:Learn28 June 2013: Uganda's Minister of Water and Environment, Ephraim Kamuntu, launched a national climate change learning strategy in Kampala, Uganda, stressing human capacity as “the most important variable that determines whether Uganda is able to address the challenge of climate change and achieve sustainable development.”

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DESA Economic Briefing Features US Climate Change Plan [viewed]

UNDESA9 July 2013: The July issue of the monthly briefing on the world economic situation and prospects of the Development Policy and Analysis Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) highlights the new US plan to reduce carbon emissions, among other items.

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MEF Discusses Expectations for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference [viewed]

MEF18 July 2013: Participants at the 16th Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) discussed negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and expectations ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference scheduled to take place in 2015, particularly whether mitigation commitments will be finalized or whether Paris will launch a future process to agree on such commitments.

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US, China Agree on Climate Change Mitigation Actions [viewed]

US Department of State10 July 2013: The US and China agreed to five new action initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollution, focusing on: emission reductions from heavy-duty and other vehicles; smart grids; carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS); the collection and management of GHG emissions data; and energy efficiency in buildings and industry.

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CCAC to Fund Clean Cook Stoves, Brick Kilns Clean Ups, and Landfill Emissions Cuts [viewed]

CCAC26 July 2013: In a bid to reduce emissions of short lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), the International Working Group of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) committed to funding projects focused on clean cook stoves, cleaning up brick kilns, and cutting landfill emissions. 

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World Bank Launches Access and Emissions-Focused Energy Investment Strategy [viewed]

World Bank16 July 2013: The World Bank's recently published energy sector direction paper has gained support of the Bank's Executive Board and will inform investments and activities in future. The new strategy is aligned with the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and will see the Bank cease investment in coal power except in rare circumstances.

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