Energy

World Bank Booklet on Climate-related Activities [viewed]

June 2009: The World Bank has published a booklet titled “Development and Climate Change: The World Bank Group at Work,” which provides an overview of its activities related to climate change, including sections on partnerships, strategy, finance, knowledge and capacity.

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UNEP Signs MoU on Green Games with Russian Sochi Olympic Organizers [viewed]

© UNEP9 June 2009: In an effort to green the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Russian Olympic organizers to help and advise them on making the games environmentally friendly.

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CIFOR Study on Oil Palm Plantations Identifies Research Needs on Biofuels and Carbon Impacts [viewed]

June 2009: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has published a study on the impacts and research needs with regard to oil palm plantations, covering, among other issues, the impacts of increased cultivation for biofuel production.

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World Bank Signs Two Emission Reduction Purchase Agreements with Thailand [viewed]

© World Bank5 June 2009: The World Bank has signed carbon finance agreements with two Thai companies that will lead to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through the improvement of an ethanol refinery and wastewater treatment at an ethanol production plant.

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UN Regional Commissions Hold First GEE21 Project Meeting [viewed]

© UN 5 June 2009: Representatives from the five UN regional commissions, namely the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Economic and Social Commission for East Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (UNESCWA), gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, on 4 June 2009, for the first meeting of the Global Energy Efficiency 21 (GEE21) project.

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OECD Publishes Report on the Economics of Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

5 June 2009: A new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) outlines key steps towards the development of a single international carbon price, including phasing out fossil fuel subsidies and expanding and linking regional carbon markets through direct linking of existing emission trading systems, scaled-up Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), use of sectoral crediting mechanisms, and incorporation of the forest sector.

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UN Celebrates World Environment Day [viewed]

© UN5 June 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) celebrated World Environment Day on 5 June 2009, under the theme “Your Planet Needs You-UNite to Combat Climate Change.”

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UN Secretary-General Emphasizes U Thant's ‘One World' Concept in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

© UN3 June 2009: In a speech given at a lunch in honor of the centenary of the birth of former UN Secretary-General U Thant, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that U Thant was at the origin of the concept of ‘One World' and underlined that the food, energy, financial and climate crises emphasize “the interconnections of our ‘One World'.”

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ICAO's GIACC Develops Action Plan to Tackle International Aviation Emissions [viewed]

© ICAO3 June 2009: The Group on International Aviation and Climate Change (GIACC) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has released a report outlining steps to address climate change and aviation. The report recommends a global aspirational goal of 2% annual improvement in fuel efficiency of aircraft involved in international aviation.

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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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