Energy

Report Examines Liability of Oil and Gas Companies for Climate Change [viewed]

october2014.ccpa9 October 2014: The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), an independent policy research organization, has published a study titled ‘Payback Time? What the Internationalization of Climate Litigation Could Mean for Canadian Oil and Gas Companies.' The report finds that oil and gas companies could be liable for billions of dollars in damages for their contribution to climate change.

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Event: International Conference on South-South Cooperation on Climate Change [viewed]

The International Ecosystem Management Partnership (IEMP) is organizing a conference in recognition of the growing role of South-South cooperation as a complement to North-South partnership on climate change. The International Conference on South-South Cooperation aims to raise awareness about this growing role, identify opportunities and challenges, agree on enabling conditions for promoting South-South cooperation, and create consensus for solidifying South-South cooperation's part in the expected 2015 agreement on climate change. Apart from an opening address and ministerial forum, the conference will hold six high-level panels in plenary on: science and knowledge for climate policy; adaptation and livelihood; capacity building for decision makers and practitioners; technology transfer for clean energy; ecosystem-based adaptation and mitigation; and enabling conditions. IEMP is a project of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UNFCCC Secretariat, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC) are also sponsoring the conference.  

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UNECE Agrees on Charter on Sustainable Housing [viewed]

UNECE8 October 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) has agreed on the text of a Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing. While technically nonbinding, the Charter represents a political commitment by the 56 UNECE Member States to address a wide variety of environmental, health and social issues associated with housing, and provides guidelines and benchmarks for monitoring progress. It also supports policies and actions, and encourages international cooperation at all levels. The text was agreed during the Committee's 75th session, held on 8-9 October 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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IEA Calls for Strengthening Energy Efficiency Market [viewed]

IEA8 October 2014: A market report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) confirms the role of energy efficiency as the “first fuel,” with the global energy efficiency market currently worth US$310 billion or more. Emphasizing the role of energy efficiency in climate change mitigation efforts, the report stresses that while it is becoming an established market segment, efforts to strengthen financing for energy efficiency should be strengthened. The report also finds significant potential for energy efficiency in emerging economies, in particular in the transport sector.

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ECPA Reports on Sustainable Energy Activities in LAC [viewed]

ECPA logo8 October 2014: The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) has reported on events and a project focusing on energy efficiency at national, sub-regional and regional levels, as well as on the future of energy in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region.

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IRENA, UNECE Cooperate on Renewable Energy Promotion [viewed]

unece-irena30 September 2014: The International Energy Agency (IRENA) and UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation to increase the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix and promote access to affordable and clean energy. The MoU provides a framework for cooperation between the two organizations on projects and activities, exchange of information and enhanced public dialogue.

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Event: UNECE Sustainable Energy Week [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is organizing Sustainable Energy Week under the theme 'Energy for Sustainable Development: Trends and Milestones'. The three primary events of the week are the meetings of: the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE) on 17-18 November 2014; the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy (GERE) on 18-19 November; and the 23rd session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (CSE), from 19-21 November. Among other agenda items, GEEE will: discuss and approve its draft work plan; consider such cross-cutting issues as sustainable housing, smart cities, industry and renewable energy; and hear the outcomes of the 5th International Forum: Energy for Development. GERE will, inter alia: discuss renewable energy best-practices; address renewable energy finance and investment; consider how a competitive market environment for renewables can be created; and approve a draft work plan. Highlights from the CSE session agenda include a high-level segment on 'Energy for Sustainable Development: Must Reality Conflict with Ambition?', a discussion on accelerating energy efficiency uptake, and a discussion on how renewables can optimize energy systems. A workshop on the UN Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) classification of renewable energies will also take place during the Week.  

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Event: Eighth Meeting of the IRENA Council [viewed]

The 8th Meeting of the Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will take place from 3-4 November, in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Sessions organized as part of the meeting will include: the Director-General's report on implementation of the Agency's 2014-2015 work program and budget; and discussions on the outcomes on the 2014 UN Climate Summit, and renewable energy and energy transformation, including in relation to IRENA's 'REthinking Energy' flagship publication. Participants at the Council Meeting will include representatives from the 21 Council member States and delegations from other IRENA member States. Prior to the Council meeting, the meetings of IRENA's Programme and Strategy Committee (PSC) and Administration and Finance Committee (AFC) will be held, on 2 November. The IRENA Council facilitates consultations and cooperation among the Agency's members and considers the draft work program and budget, and the annual report. Two committees, the PSC and AFC, assist the Council in its work.  

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IEA Africa Energy Outlook Explores Role of Energy in Regional Development [viewed]

IEA14 October 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched a Special Report examining the energy sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. The report focuses on ways to accelerate economic and social development in the region through energy sector actions and investment, and examines future prospects of the region's energy sector, broken down by fuel, sector and sub-region, and key issues such as the role of renewable energy, in particular mini-and off-grid solutions, in providing access to electricity.

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CEOs, Finance Ministers Address Climate Change at World Bank, IMF Meetings [viewed]

WB and IMF13 October 2014: The 2014 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) tackled some of the most pressing issues and risks facing the world today, such as the Ebola epidemic, unrest in the Middle East, climate change and lack of money for critical infrastructure.

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