Industrial Development

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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IEA World Energy Outlook Highlights Energy Sector Trends, Predicts 3.6°C Temperature Increase [viewed]

IEA12 November 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its flagship annual publication, the 'World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2013,' which opens with the following sentence: “Many of the long-held tenets of the energy sector are being rewritten.”

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Event: International Renewable Energy Jobs Conference [viewed]

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is organizing this event alongside the World Future Energy Summit (WFES). The conference will discuss how the renewables sector has become a significant employer with potential for creating millions more jobs worldwide in coming years. It will provide an opportunity for experts and policy makers to share knowledge, experience and best practices on renewable energy job creation. It will also look at trends and dynamics in renewable energy job creation and the policy and economic environment needed to maximize potential for job creation.  

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World Bank Highlights Climate and Health Benefits of Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

World Bank3 November 2013: The World Bank has published a report highlighting the climate and health benefits of reducing emissions of common pollutants such as methane and black carbon, and examining 14 measures that contribute towards this objective.

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OECD Estimates Costs of Reducing Carbon Emissions [viewed]

OECD4 November 2013: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a book, titled 'Effective Carbon Prices,' which synthesizes a number of case studies on carbon prices in 15 selected countries and sectors. 

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Guest Article #102: Universality and Fairness of Commitments are the Key to Success [viewed]

This November, we will host in Warsaw the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 19). The negotiations of the new agreement on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, which is to enter into force in 2020, will be one of the key issues to be discussed at COP 19.

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UNFCCC Publishes SBSTA Documents on Annex I Reporting, Market and Non-Market Mechanisms [viewed]

UNFCCC30 October 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released documents for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technologic Advice (SBSTA) during its upcoming 39th session in Warsaw, Poland.

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IEA Geothermal Annual Report Highlights Increased Growth in Geothermal Deployment [viewed]

iea-gia10 October 2013: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Geothermal Implementing Agreement (GIA) has released its Annual Report for 2011 and published country reports for Australia, the European Commission, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the US.

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Event: Climate Solutions 2013 [viewed]

World Climate Ltd and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) are collaborating to provide a complementary series of activities over two days, alongside the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to create a business platform for debate and action. Day 1 – World Climate Summit on The Road to Paris – will focus on providing key public and private sector solutions and a business process to complement the agreement reached in Paris. Key drivers discussed will include finance enabling, energy transformation, sustainable innovation and public-private partnerships (PPPs). Day 2, the World Business Council on Sustainable Development's (WBCSD) Business Day on Climate Solutions in Action will focus on business ideas that contribute to closing the ambition gap and longer-term solutions, and the convergence of activities and agendas, which will be critical for a successful agreement in Paris 2015. World Climate Ltd. is a global multistakeholder strategic marketing and advocacy platform for the green economy, working in partnership with leading global organizations, media and Fortune 500 companies. WBCSD is a CEO-led organization of companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment.  

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World Energy Council Offers Ten-Point Agenda for Change [viewed]

world-energy-congress15 October 2013: The World Energy Council (WEC) has released a ten-point action plan and detailed guide to creating a framework to help governments, industry and key decision makers to address the inter-related challenges of energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability.

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