Energy

FAO Publishes Study on Small-Scale Bioenergy Production for Rural Development [viewed]

© FAO8 April 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UK's Department for International Development have published a study on the role of small-scale bioenergy production in local communities for rural development. The study, titled “Small-Scale Bioenergy Initiatives: Brief Description and Preliminary Lessons on Livelihood Impacts from Case Studies in Latin America, Asia and Africa,” reports on a series of 15 case studies of start-up bioenergy projects covering a range of bioenergy resources, such as residues from agriculture and forestry and liquid biofuels.

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UNITAR and UNEP Collaborate on Climate Change Capacity Building [viewed]

© UNITAR6 April 2009: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have entered into a collaborative effort to help build capacity for climate change adaptation. Under the partnership, UNEP's Division of Early Warning and Assessment will develop a joint module, based on the training resources developed under the UNITAR's Climate Change Capacity Development project. The new module will then be included in UNEP's Integrated Environmental Assessment (IEA) training manual.

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EBRD Funds Clean Energy Investments across Eastern Europe and the Balkans [viewed]

© EBRD31 March 2009: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is intensifying its lending for energy efficiency and clean energy projects, and has recently established two new facilities worth €110 million to finance investments by enterprises in the Western Balkans in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

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World Bank Holds Energy Week [viewed]

© World Bank3 April 2009: The World Bank's “Energy Week 2009,” which convened from 31 March-2 April 2009, in Washington DC, US, focused on the theme “Energy, Development, and Climate Change.” During the week, energy and development policy-makers and practitioners analyzed several issues, including energy innovations for clean transport; securing a climate sensitive energy supply; integrating wind energy development; and scaling up energy efficiency for climate change mitigation.

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UNECE, FAO Hold Workshop on Estimating Sustainable Wood Supply for Energy [viewed]

3 April 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) held a one-day workshop on estimating how much wood is available in Europe on a sustainable basis, including for use as biomass for energy. The workshop, held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 30 March 2009, aimed to address gaps in knowledge, including considering socioeconomic and bio-technical constraints to theoretical wood availability when assessing wood supply.

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G20 Commit to Reach Agreement in Copenhagen [viewed]

© G-202 April 2009: In the Leaders' Statement adopted at the close of the G20 Summit, which took place in London, UK, on 2 April 2009, the leaders of the Group agreed to make the best possible use of investment funded by fiscal stimulus programmes towards the goal of building a resilient, sustainable and green recovery.

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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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