Energy

World Bank PMR Assembly Discusses Domestic Climate Action and Carbon Pricing Instruments [viewed]

pmr7 March 2014: Participants from 30 countries, representing approximately 80% of global emissions, discussed domestic actions taken in pursuit of low-emissions development at the Eighth Partnership Assembly of the World Bank's Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR). Participants also discussed mitigation approaches and carbon pricing initiatives, such as emissions trading schemes and carbon taxes. 

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CGIAR Launches Projects on Women and Low-Emissions Agriculture in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Honduras [viewed]

CCAFS6 March 2014: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research's (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has initiated three action research projects in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Honduras as part of its gender strategy, which seeks to advance climate mitigation efforts that benefit both men and women farmers. These projects aim to understand the complex and surprising impacts agricultural practices and climate policies can have on women and local livelihoods.

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WUC Booklet Highlights Cities as Key to Sustainable Future [viewed]

UN-HABITAT4 March 2014: Cities are key battlegrounds in global efforts to achieve a sustainable future, according to ‘The City We Need,' a booklet launched by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) on 4 March 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The booklet sets out a vision of the 21st century city, recommends nine principles for achieving sustainable urban development, and proposes a policy and legislative framework for a new urban paradigm.

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IEA Assesses Cost-Effectiveness of Variable Renewable Energy [viewed]

IEA26 February 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a book exploring how power systems with high shares of variable renewable energy (VRE), such as wind and solar, can remain reliable and cost-effective. Its key finding is that a high share of renewables can be affordable  in any country context.  

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UNEP Highlights Link between Emissions and Adaptation Gaps [viewed]

UNEPFebruary 2014: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) has published a paper titled ‘Emissions and Adaptation Gaps: Can we bridge the cracks in climate policy?' The paper indicates that the emissions gap (the difference between emissions reductions pledged and those required to keep warming below 2°C) and the adaptation gap (the difference between funding and capacity levels required for adaptation and the amount committed) are both increasing.

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Event: World Water Day [viewed]

World Water Day 2014 takes place on March 22, with events in 2014 focusing on the theme of "Water and Energy". The events this year are coordinated by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN University (UNU). Events celebrating World Water Day will take place across the globe, including in Sri Lanka, the US, the Philippines, Benin, Poland and Tunisia among many others, and are expected to engage stakeholders, government officials, non governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations and youth on issues related to water and energy.  

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UNECE Adopts Fuel Efficiency Test for Cars [viewed]

UNECE3 March 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has adopted the Worldwide Harmonized Light-duty Test Procedures (WLTP) test cycle to be used for measuring fuel consumption, and therefore carbon dioxide emissions, of new light vehicles. It is expected that fuel consumption figures for many automobiles will increase between 10-20% in this new system.

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EU Environment Council Considers 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework [viewed]

European Union 3 March 2014: The first meeting of the Environment Council of the EU under the Greek Presidency discussed, inter alia: climate change; genetically-modified organisms (GMOs); the Annual Growth Survey 2014, including how to improve the uptake of green economy priorities in national reform programmes; and a clean air programme for Europe.

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GLOBE Summit Launches Partnership for Climate Legislation [viewed]

globe28 February 2014: The 2nd GLOBE Climate Legislation Summit, which brought together legislators from over 50 countries, saw the launch of the fourth edition of the GLOBE Climate Legislation Study and of the Partnership for Climate Legislation. Legislators also presented case studies of their national policies, and discussed how national legislation can contribute to a new international climate agreement.

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UN Reports Progress Towards Climate Neutrality [viewed]

United Nations27 February 2014: The fifth edition of the publication ‘Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN: The UN System's Footprint and Efforts to Reduce It' provides an analysis of the UN's performance in implementing its Climate Neutral Strategy, details greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for 64 organizations in 2012, breaks down emissions by source, and covers nearly 225,000 staff around the world.

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