Industrial Development

ECPA Newsletter Highlights Clean Energy, Sustainable Cities, Climate Science Initiatives [viewed]

ECPA logo18 November 2013: The Clearinghouse for the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) has released the latest issue of its ECPA Clearinghouse Newsletter, providing briefs on several recent regional events related to energy and climate issues.

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CTI PFAN Asia and West Africa Regional Workshops Showcase Clean Energy Projects [viewed]

ctipfan22 November 2013: The Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) of the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) held two workshops in October on clean energy financing in Asia and West Africa that highlighted over two dozen high-quality, bankable, socially beneficial clean energy projects.

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CTCN Opens in Denmark [viewed]

ctcn21 November 2013: The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), co-led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), opened in Copenhagen, Denmark. The CTCN will assist developing countries in making informed decisions about environmentally sound technologies for adaptation and mitigation, with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improving climate resilience.

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IEA Ministerial Recognizes Role of Energy Sector Reform for Mitigation [viewed]

IEA20 November 2013: The International Energy Agency and six partner countries – Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa – have released a joint declaration announcing their intention to enhance cooperation. IEA Member Country Energy Ministers also released a statement on the importance of energy sector reform to mitigating impacts from climate change.

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UNIDO Releases Guide on Transitioning to Natural Refrigerants [viewed]

UNIDO19 November 2013: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), together with shecco, a market development company, have released a guide on the transition from ozone-depleting substances (ODS) to natural refrigerants and foam-blowing agents. Its main objective is to share experiences in the use of ammonia, carbon dioxide (CO2), hydrocarbons, water and air, as part of the ongoing phase-out of ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) under the Montreal Protocol. 

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Friends of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform Highlight Role of Transparency During Event in Warsaw [viewed]

19nov-enbots-event719 November 2013: An interactive session on 'Reaping Emissions Reductions from Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform: Learning from Success Stories' was organized by Friends of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), on the sidelines of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary to Coal Industry: Transform and Diversify [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary19 November 2013: Speaking to the International Coal and Climate Summit (ICCS), which met in Warsaw, Poland, from 18-19 November in parallel to the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, said the coal industry “can and must radically transform and diversify” to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

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African Development Bank Holds Discussions on How to Accelerate Green Growth in Africa [viewed]

accelerating-green-growth-in-africa18 November 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) organized an event, titled ‘Accelerating Green Growth in Africa: Role of the AfDB and Regional Institutions,' which took place on the sidelines of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference. 

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OECD Finds Successful Green Economy in Austria, Recommends Improvements [viewed]

OECD6 November 2013: Austria's green economy and environmental performance meet high standards, according to an assessment from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), but has room for improvement on pollution and other issues. The Environmental Performance Review (EPR) for 2013 highlights progress made since the previous report for Austria, in 2003. EPRs of OECD member countries are now in their third cycle.  

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AfDB Facilitates Nearly US$65 Million in Investment into Africa Renewable Energy Fund [viewed]

AfDB13 November 2013: The African Development Bank's (AfDB) Board of Directors has approved a US$25 million equity investment in the Bank's Africa Renewable Energy Fund (AREF), which has been supplemented by further partner investments of US$39.5 million. The fund aims to demonstrate and catalyze the viability of Africa's renewable energy potential to investors.

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