Energy

Mayors Commit to Climate Action Ahead of Paris Conference [viewed]

iclei11 April 2015: The ICLEI World Congress 2015, the triennial sustainability summit of local and subnational governments worldwide, led to a number of climate announcements intended to increase local climate action. The Congress brought together over 3000 participants, including over 100 mayors from around the world, and boasted the largest number of participants at a Congress to date, with many others attending virtually via a live stream.

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Structured Expert Dialogue on 2013-2015 Review: Last Session's Report Released [viewed]

UNFCCC7 April 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report on the fourth and last session of the structured expert dialogue (SED) on the 2013-2015 review. The 2013–2015 review is carried out by the Conference of the Parties (COP) with assistance from the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which established a joint contact group. The COP established the SED in 2012 to support the work of the joint contact group and ensure the scientific integrity of the review through a focused exchange of views, information and ideas.

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Carbon Forum Asia Fosters Collaboration on Market-Based Measures [viewed]

carbon_forum_asia27 March 2015: The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Koelnmesse organized the inaugural Carbon Forum Asia (CFA) Workshop, bringing together actors from the entire carbon and energy market value chain to discuss trends in carbon pricing, the upcoming 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC and developments in climate finance. The two-day CFA 2015 Workshop focused on the Asian experience in implementing market-based solutions to reducing carbon pollution.

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Event: Open-Ended Consultations on UNECE Work on Sustainable Energy [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will hold Open-Ended Consultations on its sustainable energy work in preparation for the 24th session of its Committee on Sustainable Energy. Member States will gather to review implementation progress of the 2014-2015 programme of work. Topics to be discussed will address a range of issues facing energy, such as: cross-sectoral integration; cost-effective development of integrated electricity systems; smart integration of variable renewable resources into the energy mix; deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to mitigate the rise in coal use; guidelines for methane management; and implementation of the Hammamet Declaration. The Consultations' two-day agenda includes progress reports, keynote addresses on innovative thinking in energy and energy policy realities in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and discussions on, inter alia, a strategic framework, the Paris Climate Change Conference, and a vision for the future and next steps. The Geneva Energy Conversations workshop on 'Scenarios for Sustainable Energy' will be held on 26 May 2015 and will inform the Open-Ended Consultations.  

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Event: G20 Development Working Group Meeting [viewed]

The Group of 20 (G20) Development Working Group (DWG) will hold its second meeting of 2015 in support of the Turkish Presidency's priority of "buttressing sustainability". The Turkish Presidency of the G20 is placing development at the center of its 2015 agenda for the G20. The DWG was established in 2010 under the Korean Presidency of the G20 and is responsible for implementing the G20 Development Agenda and reporting progress to the Sherpas. Under its pillar of buttressing sustainability, the Turkish Presidency is also focusing on climate change finance and energy.  

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Development Finance Institutions Work on Principles for Tracking Climate Finance [viewed]

world_bank_idfc3 April 2015: Over two dozen development finance institutions are working on common sets of principles that each will use for tracking climate finance. The first set for tracking mitigation finance has been agreed and similar principles for tracking adaptation finance and the ability to leverage finance will follow later this year. Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, said that common methodologies will help “build trust that climate finance is flowing.”

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Event: AfDB Annual Meetings 2015 [viewed]

During its Annual Meetings 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB) will celebrate its 50th anniversary and elect its next president. The meetings will be held under the theme 'Africa and the New Global Landscape'. The agenda includes, inter alia: the launches of the African Economic Outlook (AEO 2015) and the Africa Ecological Futures Report; discussions on youth leaders, gender equality, Ebola, agribusiness, Africa's Power Challenge, local currency bond markets, stock exchanges, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); high-level events on the anticipated global climate change agreement and financing Africa's development post-2015; and meetings of the Board of Governors.  

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Event: First Global Methane Initiative Workshop and Exhibition in the Middle East [viewed]

The Saudi Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources is hosting this Global Methane Initiative (GMI) workshop to disseminate technical information, present profit-generating technologies and share best practices that cost-effectively reduce methane emissions. Saudi Arabia is a member of the GMI, which is an international public-private initiative that advances cost-effective, near-term methane abatement and recovery and use of methane as a clean energy source in the agricultural, coal mine, municipal solid waste, oil and gas, and wastewater sectors. The event is being organized in cooperation with Saudi Aramco, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the UN Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC).  

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ECOSOC Hosts Integration Segment on Employment and Decent Work [viewed]

ECOSOC1 April 2015: The 2015 Integration Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) addressed the theme of 'Achieving sustainable development through employment creation and decent work for all.' Bringing together leaders from the public and private sectors, in dialogue with UN Member States and civil society representatives, the Segment examined policy recommendations for decent work and employment, and how these issues fit in with ongoing discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and other UN processes.

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UNEP Global Trends Report: New Solar and Wind Installations Hit Record High in 2014 [viewed]

UNEP31 March 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the 9th iteration of its 'Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment' (GTR), reporting that 2014 saw a 17% increase in renewable energy investments over 2013. GTR 2015 also finds that 2014 was the best year on record for newly installed renewables capacity at 103 gigawatts (GW), an amount equivalent to the total capacity of the US's 158 nuclear power plant reactors.

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