Energy

EU Parliament Supports Biofuel Targets, Recommends Higher Share for Alternative Biofuels and Calls for Tighter Sustainability Criteria [viewed]

EU Parliament Supports Biofuel Targets 11 September 2008: The EU Parliament's Industry Committee decided to support the EU Commission's target to achieve a 10% share of biofuels used in road transport by 2020, while insisting that 40% of that renewable energy must come from alternative sources not competing with food production, such as electricity and hydrogen produced from renewable sources as well as “second generation” biofuels made from waste, lingo-cellulosic biomass or algae.

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UNESCO: International Symposium on the Water-Energy Nexus to Convene [viewed]

September 2008: An International Symposium on ‘Resolving the Water-Energy Nexus' will be held in Paris, France, from 26-28 November 2008. The Symposium will convene within the framework of the UN Educational,

Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme (IHP) in collaboration with UNESCO's Renewable Energy Programme, and will be organized by the non-profit association RED-Ethique.

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IAEA Predicts Continued Expansion of Nuclear Power in Coming Decades [viewed]

According to the IAEA´s 2008 high projection, growth in nuclear generation will match the 3.2% per year growth in overall generation. In the photo, the Dukovany Nuclear Power Plant, Czech Republic. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA) 11 September 2008: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released the 2008 edition of ‘Energy, Electricity and Nuclear Power Estimates for the Period to 2030,' which predicts that, in line with growing global demand for energy, nuclear power will continue to expand in the coming decades.

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IDB Launches Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, Invites Comments [viewed]

12 September 2008: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) released a tool known as the “Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard” during the fourth Annual Western Hemisphere Energy Security and Cooperation Forum, held on 9 September 2008, at IDB's headquarters in Washington, DC, US.

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European Commission Launches Call for Tenders to Establish a CCS Project Network in Europe [viewed]

11 September 2008: The European Commission has launched a call for tenders for an external service provider to assist in establishing and running a network of projects to demonstrate the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in power plants.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Developed Countries to Lead the Global Warming Initiative [viewed]

Ban encourages new graduates to have global perspective on today's challenges 10 September 2008: In a speech at Fairleigh Dickinson University, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon outlined the challenges of the world today, including climate change, the food and energy crises, and the fear of a global financial crisis.

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IEA Executive Director Calls for a Global Energy Revolution [viewed]

Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) 8 September 2008: In his address to the “Asia-Pacific Security Challenges: Implications for Europe and the Atlantic Alliance” Conference, held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 7-9 September 2008, Nobuo Tanaka, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director, focused on the energy implications of the rise of Asian economies and the need for a global energy revolution.

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European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Discusses Emissions Trading [viewed]

September 2008: The European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, at its 8-10 September 2008 meeting in Brussels, Belgium, is discussing, inter alia: supporting early demonstration of sustainable power generation from fossil fuels; emission performance standards for new passenger cars; geological storage of carbon dioxide; industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control); greenhouse gas emission allowance trading system; and shared effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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ECLAC Seminar Discusses Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena 4 September 2008: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) seminar entitled “Food and Energy Crisis: Opportunities and Challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean” took place in Santiago, Chile, from 4-5 September 2008.

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IEA Praises the EU's Climate Policy, Calls for Increased R&D Funding [viewed]

4 September 2008: In its review of EU energy policies, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has concluded that the regional grouping is a leader in climate change mitigation through its “bold and innovative” energy policies, and welcomes the European Commission's “climate and energy package” proposed in January 2008.

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