Industrial Development

C4C, Alcantara Highlight Sustainability at Milan Design Week [viewed]

4 April 2013: The World Bank's Connect4Climate (C4) initiative and Alcantara, a private company, held the "Alcantara Dialogues - Connect4Climate: Re-think, Re-Design, Re-new," at the Temporary Museum for New Design, in Milan, Italy, during Milan Design Week on 9-14 April 2013.

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Workshop Updates MENA Region's Investment Plan for Concentrated Solar Power [viewed]

5 April 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank organized a workshop on the Middle East and North African (MENA) region's 2009 Investment Plan for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), which resulted in an updated and revised Plan that will be presented to the Climate Investment Funds' (CIF) Trust Fund Committee in May.

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Sets Priorities for 2013 [viewed]

7 April 2013: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) held a Working Group meeting to set its priority areas, goals and key milestones for 2013, including actions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), which have been identified as one of the greatest hazards to human health.

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Event: Forest Products and Technologies for the Future [viewed]

Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Timber and Forestry Section of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Federal Forestry Agency of the Russian Federation, the seminar will examine forests in the Russian Federation and the technologies required for the modernization of the country's forestry sector. The seminar will also explore the potential of the Russian Federation's forests with regard to climate change mitigation and the sustainable supply of timber and bio-energy.

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IEA Energy Journal Calls Energy Efficiency the "Hidden" Fuel [viewed]

IEA3 April 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the Spring 2013 issue of its journal “IEA Energy” on the theme of energy efficiency as a “hidden” fuel. The cover article explores why energy efficiency remains largely untapped, despite its economic, security and health benefits.

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Global LEAP Accepting Nominations for Off-Grid LED Lighting Appliances [viewed]

3 April 2013: The Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) has announced it is accepting nominations for the first round of its Outstanding Off-Grid Product Awards, which will cover six categories of affordable, super-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) room lighting appliances.

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UNDP, Colombia Collaborate to Eliminate HCFC Use [viewed]

UNDP2 April 2013: A joint initiative between the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Colombia has eliminated the use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC), an ozone depleting substance (ODS), in Colombia's domestic refrigerator manufacturing industry, replacing them with cyclopentane, a cost effective, flammable hydrocarbon that has low global warming potential (GWP).

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ILO Paper Focuses on Sustainable Development, Green Jobs [viewed]

ILOMarch 2013: The International Labour Organization (ILO) has released a paper, titled “Sustainable development, decent work and green jobs,” which is to be discussed at the June 2013 session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

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AfDB, British High Commission Host Workshop on Geothermal Development in Tanzania [viewed]

AfDB14 March 2013: The Government of Tanzania has hosted a workshop to identify pathways to an effective legal and regulatory framework to support the development of geothermal energy in the country. The workshop, co-organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and British High Commission, convened government officials, private developers, geothermal resource survey specialists, development partners, lawyers and civil society representatives from 13-14 March 2013 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

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ECOWAS, SEAD Start Activities under Partnership for Energy Efficiency Appliance Standards [viewed]

14 March 2013: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative have begun implementing activities under a partnership to develop a regional system of energy efficiency standards and labels for appliances.

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