Energy

UN World Economic Outlook 2009 Report Launched in UN Regions [viewed]

World Economic Outlook 2009 Report

15 January 2009: The UN has regionally launched its World Economic Situation and Prospects 2009 Report, a joint product of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, and the five UN regional commissions.

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ICRISAT's BioPower Initiative Develops Biofuels from Sweet Sorghum [viewed]

ICRISAT's Principal Sorghum Breeder BVS Reddy in a field of sweet sorghum.

December 2008: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), published an overview of achievements, research needs and outlook for sweet sorghum as resource for pro-poor biofuel development. The article, published in ICRISAT's newsletter on the State of the Art on Semi-arid Agriculture (SASA), describes the work of ICRISAT's BioPower Initiative on the use of sweet sorghum for food, fodder and as feedstock for ethanol production in different countries.

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World Bank Signs ERPA for the Philippines' Roxol Ethanol Plant [viewed]

World Bank

14 January 2009: Bert Hofman, Country Director, World Bank Philippine Country Office, has signed the Emission Reductions Purchase Agreement (ERPA) for the Roxol Ethanol Plant Wastewater Treatment and Methane Gas Recovery Project under the World Bank-managed Community Development Carbon Fund Facility.

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Czech EU Presidency Outlines Actions for Climate Protection [viewed]

Czech Presidency of the EU Council

6 January 2009: The Czech Republic, as is customary for the presiding country of the EU, has introduced the priorities and work programme for its six month Presidency, which will take place from January-June 2009.

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OECD Co-Authors Study on Invention and Transfer of Climate Change Mitigation Technologies [viewed]

January 2009: Ivan Hascic and Nick Johnstone (Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) Environment Directorate) and Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Matthieu Glachant and Yann Ménière, CERNA, Mines ParisTech, have co-authored a new study entitled “Invention and Transfer of Climate Change Mitigation Technologies on a Global Scale: A Study Drawing on Patent Data.”

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UNEP's Global Green New Deal Gains Momentum with Investments from Japan and South Korea [viewed]

 Japan and the Republic of Korea Launch Green New Deals

9 January 2009: In an effort to spur economic growth, Japan and the Republic of Korea have both announced plans to invest billions of dollars in green projects. Speaking about the countries' plans, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), noted that investments in clean technologies and renewable energy infrastructure can “counter recession and unemployment” and lay the basis for more sustainable economic growth in the 21st century.

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UNEP Champion of the Earth Prince Albert II Begins Antarctic Expedition [viewed]

 Prince Albert II Visits Antarctica to Assess the Effects of Global Warming 9 January 2009: Prince Albert II of Monaco has begun a month-long visit to Antarctica to assess the impact and raise awareness of climate change.

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UNEP Reports Successful Testing of Jatropha-Fuelled Flight [viewed]

Safe landing for Air New Zealand's jatropha-fuelled flight 31 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network has reported that Air New Zealand successfully tested a new jatropha-fuelled jumbo jet. The airline said the experience demonstrated that jatropha biofuel is suitable for use in airplanes without the need for engine modifications.

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IFPRI Publishes Discussion Paper on Opportunities for Sub-Saharan Africa in Global Carbon Markets [viewed]

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) December 2008: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has published a discussion paper entitled: “Global Carbon Markets: Are There Opportunities for Sub-Saharan Africa?” The paper investigates the constraints that prevent Sub-Saharan countries from fully participating in global carbon markets and suggests policies for better integration.

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UNEP: World Anticipates Changes in US Climate Policy, Copenhagen [viewed]

UN Environment Programme (UNEP) December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reports that, after a year where weather-related disasters resulted in approximately US$200 billion in damages, many are anticipating 2009 to be a year of progress in the fight against climate change. In particular, many are looking towards the new US administration to make big changes with regard to climate change policy.

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