Energy

World Bank Group Supports Renewable Energy Projects in Chile and Armenia [viewed]

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

February 2009: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is financing the construction of the Totoral Wind Farm, Chile's first-ever project-financed wind farm. In related news, the World Bank's Vice President for Europe and Central Asia approved a grant of US$1.5 million for the Armenia Geothermal Energy Development project funded under the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Geothermal Energy Development Program (GeoFund).

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UNEP and Partners Launch “50 by 50” Global Fuel Economy Initiative [viewed]

50by50: Global Fuel Economy Initiative

4 March 2009: At the Geneva Motor Show, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 5-15 March 2009, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Energy Agency, the International Transport Forum and the FIA Foundation laid out a roadmap, the “50 by 50 Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI),” to halve car emissions by 2050.

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EU, GTZ and Partners to Organize Seminar on Energy and Climate Change in Cold Regions [viewed]

Energy & Climate change in cold regions

March 2009: The EU, the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the GERES (Renewable Energies Group, Environment and Solidarities) and other partners, are organizing a regional seminar on the challenge of development in energy-related projects and climate change adaptation strategies in the cold regions of Asia, to be held from 21-24 April 2009, in Leh, India.

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UNFCCC Secretatriat Releases Review of Austria's National GHG Inventory [viewed]

March 2009: The UNFCCC has released the report of the individual review of the GHG inventory of Austria submitted in 2007 and 2008 (FCCC/ARR/2008/AUT). The expert review team (ERT) finds that Austria has submitted a complete set of common reporting format tables for 1990-2006 and a national inventory report. The submission is complete in terms of geographical coverage, years and sectors, as well as in terms of categories and gases. The inventory is generally in line with Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, with the IPCC good practice guidance, with the IPCC good practice guidance for Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF), and is generally complete and of a high quality.

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UNDP Launches Climate Change Advertising Campaign [viewed]

12 Simple Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

March 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), as the UN global development network and based on its belief that climate change is the defining human development issue of the current generation, has launched a global advertising campaign seeking to help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

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IDB Announces Energy Innovation Contest [viewed]

IDB Announces Energy Innovation Contest

27 February 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced a contest to finance proposals for promoting energy efficiency and access to renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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IEA Executive Director Outlines Role of Renewables for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

L-R: IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka with the Portuguese Minister for Economy and Industry, Mr. Manuel Pinho

27 February 2009: In a speech to the Energy and Society Conference, which convened in Lisbon, Portugal, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka provided an overview of the global energy outlook and insights into the role of renewables with respect to climate change mitigation and energy security.

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UNEP's Carbon Finance Initiative Proceeds [viewed]

Carbon Finance for Agriculture, Silviculture, Conservation and Action against Deforestation (CASCADe),

27 February 2009: Carbon Finance for Agriculture, Silviculture, Conservation and Action against Deforestation (CASCADe), which is coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNEP Risø Centre in partnership with the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development and the French National Forestry Office, recently selected four projects to move forward, pending formal approval of their Project Idea Notes.

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Group of 77 Water Forum Adopts Muscat Declaration on Water [viewed]

Group of 77

26 February 2009: The First Ministerial Forum on Water of the Group of 77 met in Muscat, Oman, from 23-25 February 2009, and brought together delegations from 130 member States who agreed on 21 conclusions and recommendations.

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World Bank Co-Organizing MENA Carbon Forum [viewed]

CFA- World Bank Co-Organizing MENA Carbon Forum

March 2009: The World Bank, in collaboration with the French Agency for Development, the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Initiative and the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, is organizing the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Carbon Forum, scheduled to convene from 6-7 May 2009, in Cairo, Egypt.

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