Energy

UNECE's 63rd Session Calls for a New Paradigm of Sustainable Growth [viewed]

© UNECE2 April 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) held its 63rd session from 30 March-1 April 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, during which participants discussed the effects of the economic crisis and the role the UNECE can play in increasing trade facilitation, as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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UNECE Releases Analysis of Benefits of Energy Efficient Homes [viewed]

© UNECEApril 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released “Towards energy-efficient housing: prospects for UNECE member States,” which provides an analysis of the multiple benefits of energy efficient homes, current experiences and barriers to effective practices and policy implications, and recommendations for the UNECE region.

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World Bank's IFC Provides First Guarantee for Sustainable Finance and Energy-Efficient Trade Deals [viewed]

© IFC11 March 2009: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, will provide Pakistan's Allied Bank with guarantees for sustainable finance and energy-efficient trade deals.

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ICAO Reports on New Declaration on Performance-based Navigation for Greener Flights [viewed]

© ICAO1 April 2009: During the fourth annual Aviation and Environment Summit, which was organized by the Air Transport Action Group and held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 31 March-1 April 2009, a group of stakeholders of the world aviation community signed a Declaration calling for the rapid implementation of Performance-based Navigation (PBN).

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DHL Express Demonstrates Green Commitment with Special Shipment for UNEP [viewed]

© CN NET1 April 2009: On the occasion of the first anniversary of the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net) of the UN Environment Program (UNEP), DHL Express sent its first carbon neutral express shipments from Africa. The shipments from Nairobi, Kenya, included trophies that were delivered to the 86 cities, associations and companies around the world that currently form UNEP's CN Net.

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UNEP Executive Director, Business Leaders Urge G20 to Signal Support for Low Carbon Growth [viewed]

1 April 2009: To mark the G20 Summit opening on 2 April 2009, in London, UK, Samuel DiPiazza, Chair of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, and Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), stressed the need for low carbon growth in an open editorial to the Jakarta Post.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary to World Bank Energy Week: Copenhagen Can Move the World Towards a Sustainable Future [viewed]

31 March 2009: Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, addressed the opening plenary of the World Bank Group's Energy Week by video link and welcomed the meeting's theme, “Energy, Development and Climate Change,” noting the importance of addressing developing countries' energy concerns.

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IDB Board of Governors Adopts Green Growth Initiatives [viewed]

31 March 2009: The Boards of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) adopted a set of initiatives to promote green growth at its 50th Annual Meeting held in Medellín, Colombia, from 29-30 March 2009. Finance ministers and central bank presidents from IDB's 48 member countries discussed the current financial crisis and addressed the IDB's reform, calling for a capital increase that contemplates a strategy to make effective use of additional resources to support social safety net programmes, poverty and inequality reduction, infrastructure investment and measures related to climate change.

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UN-HABITAT Governing Council Addresses Impact of Climate Change on the Promotion of Affordable Housing [viewed]

30 March 2009: The 22nd Session of the UN Human Settlements Programme Governing Council (UN-HABITAT GC 22) opened on 30 March 2009, at UN-HABITAT headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The week-long session's main theme is promoting affordable housing finance systems in an urbanizing world in the face of the global financial crisis and climate change.

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IDB Approves Energy Efficiency Project in Brazil [viewed]

27 March 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a project to provide Brazil's Usiminas steel company a loan amounting to US$200 million. The first part of the project will finance investments in a new power cogeneration plant and related equipment to produce electricity using excess heat and gases that originate from the production of the steel, allowing the Belo Horizonte-based company to cut its production costs and reduce carbon emissions.

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