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.

Guest Article #112: Sustainable Energy for All in the Americas: Combating Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

The United Nations Initiative Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) has the goal of ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, all by 2030. These goals both work to combat climate change and provide an improved standard of living and greater opportunities for citizens.

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Event: BINGO Day at COP 20 [viewed]

The Business and Industry (BINGO) Day, taking place during the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 20), will be organized by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The event will serve to present the activities and messages of business and industry organizations concerned about the potential impacts and opportunities presented by the negotiations.  

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ICAO, Aviation Industry Cooperate on Climate Change [viewed]

icao-atag23 September 2014: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the aviation industry, represented by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), have announced a commitment to sustainable growth through actions including efficiency improvements, alternative fuel use, and market-based measures to cut emissions. The announcement was made as a contribution to the Climate Summit, which was held on 23 September 2014, in New York, US.

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EBRD, CIF, GEF to Accelerate Climate Investments [viewed]

ebrd-cif-gef24 September 2014: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is financing clean energy projects through its own investments, as well as through partnering with the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). These funds aim to scale up climate finance by providing concessional funding and enhancing knowledge sharing and advisory support, which has increased commercial financing for sustainable energy investments.

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Bank of America Announces Clean Energy Finance Initiative [viewed]

bank-america23 September 2014: Bank of America has announced a Catalytic Finance Initiative to stimulate US$10 billion worth of new investment in clean energy projects. The initiative will focus on developing or advancing innovative financing structures that reduce investment risk, and attract a range of institutional investors.

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UNEP, Investors Launch Coalition to Decarbonize Institutional Investment [viewed]

UNEP23 September 2014: A group of institutional investors have partnered with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and its Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) to decarbonize US$100 billion of institutional investment.

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IMF Analyzes Co-Benefits of Carbon Pricing [viewed]

IMFSeptember 2014: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released a working paper, titled ‘How Much Carbon Pricing is in Countries' Own Interests? The Critical Role of Co-Benefits.' The paper assesses, for the top 20 emitting countries, the degree to which carbon pricing is in countries' national interests by analyzing domestic co-benefits before even considering climate benefits.

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UNEP and Partners Launch Energy Efficient Appliances Partnership [viewed]

UNEP23 September 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a partnership to reduce global energy demand, mitigate climate change and improve access to energy by accelerating the global transition to efficient appliances and equipment. The ‘Efficient Appliances and Equipment Partnership' supports the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, and builds on UNEP's ‘en.lighten' initiative on phasing out incandescent lamps.

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IRENA Launches Renewable Energy Initiatives in Africa, SIDS [viewed]

IRENA23 September 2014: During the 2014 Climate Summit, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched two initiatives aimed at reducing fossil fuel dependency in Africa and delivering cleaner energy for small island developing States (SIDS). Both initiatives will seek to speed up the development of renewable energy resources and strengthen related international cooperation.

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UN Private Sector Forum Focuses on Carbon Pricing [viewed]

United Nations Global Compact23 September 2014: The 2014 UN Private Sector Forum, held as part of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, brought together approximately 400 global business, government and civil society leaders. During the event, a list of 31 ‘Carbon Pricing Champions' was announced and 11 ‘Corporate Commitments to Climate and Energy' were presented.

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