Industrial Development

IDB Approves US$50 Million Energy Efficiency Finance Facility [viewed]

IDB15 April 2013: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved US$50 million for the launch of the Energy Efficiency Finance Facility, which aims to finance companies investing in energy efficiency and self-supply renewable energy projects in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), by helping them to overcome financial barriers with small-scale loans to curb emissions.

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New Briefs Address Climate Change, Post-2015 Development Goals and Land Rights [viewed]

April 2013: The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) has released publications addressing issues central to the green economy and the development of post-2015 development goals, gender equity, land rights and agriculture in Southern Africa, Madagascar, Guatemala, Brazil, and Caribbean small island developing States (SIDS).

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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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