Energy

Energy Charter, UNECE and IEA to Organize Conference on International Cooperation on Energy Efficiency [viewed]

Energy_charter13 May 2008: The Energy Charter, in close cooperation with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Energy Agency (IEA), will organize an international conference on International Cooperation on Energy Efficiency, to take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on 28 May 2008.

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IEA Releases Statement on Biofuels [viewed]

Statements 2 May 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a statement on biofuels, in which it raises questions regarding a surge in food prices and biofuels and notes a number of important factors impacting food supplies and prices, including surging food demand, failed harvests and high energy prices.

IEA Statement

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FAO and World Leaders Gear Up for High-level Conference on World Food Security [viewed]

Fao_229 April 2008: “Soaring food prices in recent months are dramatically worsening the living conditions of the ‘bottom billion' of poor people who live on a dollar a day or less,” said Jaques Diouf, FAO Director General, in a statement announcing preparations for the FAO's “High-level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy,” to be held 3-5 June 2008 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

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GEF Council Approves Climate Projects, Requests Further Guidance on Tech Transfer [viewed]

25 April 2008: The Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which convened in Washington DC, US, from 22-25 April 2008, reviewed a progress report on the implementation of the Resources Allocation Framework (RAF), discussed the Strategic Programme to Scale-up the Level of Investment in the Transfer of Environmentally-friendly Technologies, as requested by the UNFCCC, and approved ten climate change projects.

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FAO Releases Report on Gender and Equity Issues in Liquid Biofuels Production [viewed]

Fao21 April 2008: A new FAO study warns that the rapid expansion of large-scale production of liquid biofuels in developing countries could exacerbate the marginalization of women in rural areas and threaten their livelihoods. The study, entitled "Gender and Equity Issues in Liquid Biofuels Production – Minimizing the Risks to Maximize the Opportunities," discusses the potential gender-differentiated risks of liquid biofuels production and identifies research and policy strategies to better understand and address them.

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IMF Considers Fiscal Implications of Climate Change [viewed]

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board held a seminar on the fiscal implications of climate change, on 24 March 2008. The IMF Directors highlighted that the IMF has a distinctive and valuable contribution to make to the task of understanding and dealing with the fiscal challenges from climate change, but cautioned that the Fund's work on climate change should be budget-neutral and limited to its core competencies. With respect to the Fund's country work, the Directors noted that climate change concerns tend to reinforce established Fund advice on fiscal management, for instance in relation to energy subsidies. It was suggested that the Fund's work in this area should be mainly demand-driven, pay special attention to countries where the impact of climate change on external stability is evident and significant, and facilitate the exchange of views on country-experiences.

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GEF and UNDP Support Biomass Gasifier Plant in India [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF)/UNDP, India Canada Environment Facility (ICEF), and the Government of Karnataka, India, are supporting a biomass gasifier plant, which uses carbon neutral biomass to produce electricity for rural villages.

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Associate Administrator Identifies Poverty-Energy and Climate Issues as a Defining Element for UNDP's Profile [viewed]

Ad Melkert, the UN Development Programme's Associate Administrator, identified connecting poverty-energy and climate issues as one of eight defining elements for UNDP's profile.

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ISO to Develop an Energy Management Standard [viewed]

Iso_2The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has launched a project to develop an international standard for energy management, following the successful examples of the ISO 9000 series on quality management and the ISO 14000 series on environmental management.

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OPEC and IEA Heads Discuss Energy Consumption and Production [viewed]

International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka and Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Secretary General Abdalla Salem El-Badri met in Paris, France, to, in the words of El-Badri, “share ideas and discuss various aspects of the energy scene with the IEA.

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