Industrial Development

This section addresses the impact of production and consumption patterns on climate change, as well as actions aimed at: improving the overall environmental performance of products; promoting eco-innovation; developing eco-design standards; improving energy and environmental labelling; creating incentives; rewarding eco-friendly products; and green public procurement.

Montreal Protocol Inches Closer to Negotiations on HFC Phase-down [viewed]

iisdrs-oewg3624 July 2015: The 36th meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 36) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP) devoted most of its time to addressing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a group of greenhouse gases (GHG) widely used in the refrigeration, air conditioning, foam and aerosol sector as a substitute for ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

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UNECE Calls for Comments on Draft CCS Specifications [viewed]

UNECE8 July 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has announced that a draft document, titled 'Specifications for the Application of the UN Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) to Injection Projects for the Purpose of Geological Storage,' is open for public review. UNECE describes storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) as the "initial and main focus" of the specifications, although they potentially could be applied to other projects, such as storing natural gas.

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APEC Advances Sustainable City Development Efforts [viewed]

apec16 July 2015: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies have announced accelerated support for sustainable city development in the region. According to the APEC Energy Working Group, APEC officials are advancing technical support for solar-powered, energy-efficient buildings and high efficiency lighting, improved vehicle fuel efficiency labeling and consumer information, and accessible green energy financing.

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IISD GSI Event: Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Reform Can Finance Development [viewed]

gsi-fffsr 14 July 2015: Reforming fossil-fuel subsidies can free up funds for investing in sustainable development and reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 10%, according to a high-level side event held at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Participants also underlined that current low international energy prices create a window of opportunity for fossil-fuel subsidy reform.

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Event: Second Annual Meeting of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) [viewed]

The second annual Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) is being held with a view to addressing climate change through innovation. Hosted by the Japanese Government, the event will bring together policymakers, business leaders and researchers for "an energy- and environment-focused version of the World Economic Forum". Organizers of the event are working with the French Presidency of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC to make the event an important milestone on the road to a global climate agreement at COP 21 in December 2015. Plenary sessions at the conference will include: principal issues in the future greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction; future perspectives from innovators, visionaries and global leaders; and future strategy for climate change. A number of parallel sessions will take an in-depth look at specific technologies, sectors and energy sources. In addition a 'Networking Plaza' will be held on 6 October 2015.  

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GCF Set to Review First Project Proposals [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new10 July 2015: The 10th meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) decided on policies and procedures that will enable a review of the Fund's first project proposals at the GCF Board's 11th meeting, with an eye on making financing decisions ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Board also accredited 13 new partner institutions, and launched a US$200 million pilot programme for enhancing direct access to the GCF.

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BRICS to Operationalize New Development Bank, Strengthen Energy Cooperation [viewed]

brics9 July 2015: At its seventh annual summit, the BRICS group of countries (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa) announced the BRICS Economic Partnership Strategy through 2020, which aims to strengthen ties in energy, high technology, agriculture, science and education. The BRICS also adopted the New Development Bank and Contingent Reserve Arrangement, with a total capacity of US$200 billion.

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IEA Presents Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Roadmap [viewed]

IEA30 June 2015: A report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) examining the potential of hydrogen in the global energy mix stresses its usefulness as an energy carrier that allows for low-carbon energy to be stored, including in fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The report estimates that a 25% share of FCEVs in global road transport by 2050 can contribute up to 10% of the cumulative transport carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reductions required for moving from a 6°C average global temperature rise scenario (an extension of current trends) to a 2°C scenario.

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IRENA Assesses Renewables Readiness of Fiji, Marshall Islands and Vanuatu [viewed]

IRENA2 July 2015: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released Renewables Readiness Assessments (RRAs) for three small island developing States (SIDS): Fiji, the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu. The RRAs find that the three countries could meet their energy needs, expand energy access, decrease electricity costs and strengthen energy independence through a combination of renewable energy resources.

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Singapore Submits INDC [viewed]

singapure3 July 2015: The Government of Singapore has formally submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat, making it the 45th Party to do so. According to its submission, the country intends to achieve a 36% reduction in its 2005 emissions intensity by 2030. It also plans to stabilize its emissions levels, aiming to peak emissions by around 2030.

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