Industrial Development

GEO-5 Report Highlights Impacts of a Changing Environment on Business [viewed]

geo521 June 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with SustainAbility and the Green Light Group, has released a report titled 'GEO-5 for Business: Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Corporate Sector.' Based on UNEP's Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), the report offers an analysis of specific risks faced by the construction, chemicals, mining, food and other industries, and suggests ways in which businesses can adjust to create long-term competitive advantages.

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Renewables the Fastest-growing Power Generation Sector, IEA Reports [viewed]

IEA26 June 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its second annual 'Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2013' (MTRMR), which finds that growth of renewables in the electricity sector is on track to meet the IEA's low-carbon energy scenarios through 2018. The report cautions, however, that policy uncertainty is the main risk facing continued growth in the sector.

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UNFCCC TEC 6 Discusses Research, Development and Demonstration of ESTs [viewed]

UNFCCC28 June 2013: The sixth meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC 6) of the UNFCCC was broadcast live via the Internet over the UNFCCC Technology Information Clearinghouse (TT:CLEAR) website, allowing for interaction with off-site stakeholders who participated via social media during a thematic dialogue on research, development and demonstration (RD&D) of environmentally sound technologies ESTs).

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Guest Article #99: Lighting-Up a Low Carbon Future [viewed]

The lights are going on all over Africa, home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Overall, that is great news. Children can study at night without breathing harmful or environmentally damaging kerosene fumes; the sense of security in poor communities, where people live in fear when night falls, is hugely increased; productivity for businesses improves as they can stay open later; and commonplace fires, caused by fallen candles or spilt fuels, become rare.

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Event: Global Green Growth Forum in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

At the invitation of Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) President Luis Alberto Moreno, leaders from government, business, finance, civil society and international organizations will convene at the first regional dialogue in Latin America of the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF LAC). The event, on the topic "Rethinking our energy future: Climate change and renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean," seeks to highlight the substantial renewable energy endowment available in the region and identify collaboration opportunities and concrete actions to transform Latin America's energy market. Participants are expected to include: Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC; Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC; Adnan Amin, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA; Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Minister of Energy, Mexico; René Castro, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica; and heads of large electricity utilities, regulatory agencies, renewable energy institutions, and the private sector.  

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UNEP, REN21 Launch Reference Reports on Renewable Energy Investments [viewed]

unep-ren2112 June 2013: The sister publications, 'Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2013,' the sixth edition of the Frankfurt School-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Centre/Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) report, and the 'REN21 Renewables 2013 Global Status Report,' a reference report on renewable energy market, industry and policy developments, were launched via media teleconference.

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UNIDO Technology Summit Discusses Leapfrogging High-GWP Refrigerants [viewed]

UNIDO4 June 2013: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), together with market development company Shecco, convened the ATMOsphere Technology Summit, which brought together 150 representatives from developing and developed countries who explored the possibilities of leapfrogging high global warming substances in the Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration (HVAC&R) and foam sectors.

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IEA Outlines Strategy to Cut 2020 Energy-Related Emissions by 8% [viewed]

IEA10 June 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a World Energy Outlook Special Report, titled 'Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map,' which presents a strategy to reduce energy-related carbon emissions in 2020 at no net economic cost to levels needed to limit the average global temperature increase to two degrees Celsius.

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US, China to Collaborate on HFCs Phase Down [viewed]

china_us_flag8 June 2013: The US Government has announced that it will collaborate with the Government of China to phase down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). US President Barack Obama and China's President Jinping Xi reached the agreement during their recent retreat.

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CDM Executive Board Approves Standardized Baselines Expected to Extend CDM's Reach [viewed]

UNFCCC31 May 2013: The Executive Board (EB) of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) concluded its 73rd meeting with, among other things, the approval of standardized baselines for the Southern African region's electric power grid and for charcoal production in Uganda.

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