Industrial Development

IEA Bioenergy Newsletter Highlights Bioenergy Potential and Challenges in Austria [viewed]

IEA5 December 2012: The December issue of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Implementing Agreement on Bioenergy (IEA Bioenergy) newsletter highlights activities at the 70th meeting of the IEA Bioenergy Executive Committee (ExCo70), bioenergy in Austria, and Task 40 on Sustainable International Bioenergy Trade.

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CDM Insights Web Portal Offers Data and Analysis Resources [viewed]

UNFCCC5 December 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced the launch of a revamped portal with up-to-date analysis and data about the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The portal, called CDM Insights, features graphics, statistics, descriptions, and downloadable data on topics including: CDM validation; issuance of Certified Emissions Reduction (CER) credits; and CDM methodologies.

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UNFCCC, The Climate Group to Encourage Business and Government Leadership on Climate [viewed]

5 December 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat and the Climate Group have announced a strategic partnership of their global initiatives to raise awareness on climate change and clean energy. Specifically, they will join efforts of the Climate Group's "Clean Revolution" campaign and the UN Climate Change Secretariat's "Momentum for Change" initiative.

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Azerbaijan Power Plant Receives First Carbon Credits from Energy Efficiency Improvements [viewed]

5 December 2012: A thermal power plant modernization project in Azerbaijan financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will become the first to earn carbon credits through energy efficiency measures.

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OES Envisions That Ocean Energy Could Save 1 Billion Tonnes of CO2 Emissions by 2050 [viewed]

4 December 2012: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Implementing Agreement on Ocean Energy Systems (OES) has released a new brochure, titled "An International Vision for Ocean Energy," which puts forward the vision that an increase of installed wave and tidal energy capacity to 337 GW by 2050 can lead to the creation of 1.2 million direct jobs, and 1 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions savings.

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IEA Offers Roadmap to Next Generation Coal Power [viewed]

IEA4 December 2012: In a new publication, titled “Technology Roadmap: High-Efficiency Low-Emissions Coal-Fired Power Generation,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) outlines a strategy for installing efficient, next generation coal-burning technologies.

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COP 18 Participants Celebrate “Lighthouse Activities” to Address Climate Change [viewed]

UNFCCC4 December 2012: Participants at the Doha Climate Change Conference celebrated the accomplishments of nine public-private "Lighthouse Activities," pioneering initiatives curbing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while yielding benefits for the urban poor. The concept behind the activities is to highlight inspiring mitigation and adaptation activities, and to spur innovation and increase capacity for future initiatives.

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Doha Global Business Day Focuses on Diversifying Actions for Climate Impact [viewed]

3 December 2012: Doha Global Business Day took place in Doha, Qatar, on 3 December 2012, on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC. The event focused on the theme “Diversifying Actions for Climate Impact,” and was organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

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IEA Stresses Inadequacy of Current Energy Policies [viewed]

IEA3 December 2012: International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven has issued a statement to the 18th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in which she stresses the need to rapidly transition to a more secure, sustainable global energy system, cautioning that policies announced to date may lead to climate change of a great enough magnitude to negatively affect the world's energy infrastructure, supply and demand.

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UNEP Global Environment Alert Raises Concerns About Gas Fracking [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2012: Hydraulic fracturing, a gas extraction technique also known as gas fracking, presents considerable environmental and health challenges, according to a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environment Alert. According to the report, the question of whether and how to allow fracking merits careful review of laws, regulations, and impacts on environment and health.

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