Industrial Development

UNSG Urges Governments to Take Long-term View on Renewable Energy [viewed]

6 December 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments to take a long-term view on renewable energy during his address at the Business for Environment (B4E) COP 17 Dialogue, convened in Durban, South Africa. The Dialogue, titled "Powering ahead for a clean industrial revolution," aimed to facilitate collaboration and forge partnerships between business, government and NGOs, in order to develop products and services that will revolutionize industries and deliver transformative change.

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ITU and GeSI Launch Global Coalition on ICT and Climate Change [viewed]

25 November 2011: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) have initiated the Global Coalition on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Climate Change to send a coordinated message to the Durban Climate Change Conference, highlighting the climate change mitigation and adaptation potential of ICT.

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Event: Durban Global Business Day [viewed]

This event is organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in partnership with the National Business Initiative (NBI). It is the fifth global business day in the context of the UNFCCC negotiations, and is being organized under the theme “Keep moving - Climate, business and growth for all.” Participants will engage in panel discussions on: why a Durban deal is relevant for business; climate finance; climate adaptation; and why solutions to climate need to be driven by business. The afternoon discussions will focus on the challenges for South Africa in responding to climate change.  

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UNCTAD's Technology and Innovation Report 2011 Focuses on Renewable Energy Technologies for Development [viewed]

29 November 2011: The 2011 edition of the "Technology and Innovation Report," published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), focuses on the role of renewable energy technologies (RETs) in responding to the challenge of reducing energy poverty while mitigating climate change.

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UNIDO Magazine Features Women's Contributions to Environmental Protection [viewed]

Making it - Issue #823 November 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published the eighth issue of “Making It” magazine. The theme of this issue, titled "We can do it!”, is about gender equality and the economic empowerment of women.

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IEA Publishes Papers on Policies for Renewables Deployment and Market Prospects [viewed]

IEA24 November 2011: Accompanying the publication of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) new book “Deploying Renewables 2011: Best and Future Policy,” the IEA has released three Information Papers on various aspects of renewables deployment.

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions on Developed Country Mitigation Actions [viewed]

UNFCCC22 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published and addendum (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/MISC.6/Add.5) consisting of 12 further submissions from parties on views on the items relating to a work programme for development of modalities and guidelines listed in decision 1/CP. 16 paragraph 46 (nationally appropriate mitigation commitments or actions by developed country parties).

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IEA Book Offers Guidance on Renewables Deployment [viewed]

Deploying Renewables 201123 November 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a book titled “Deploying Renewables 2011: Best and Future Policy Practice,” which analyzes successful renewable energy deployment policies and offers guidance for policy makers on avoiding past mistakes and overcoming incoming challenges surrounding the deployment of renewable energy.

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IEA Paper Explores the “Boardroom Perspective” on Energy Efficiency in Industry [viewed]

The Boardroom PerspectiveNovember 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA), in collaboration with the Institute of Industrial Productivity (IIP), has published a new paper titled “The Boardroom Perspective: How Does Energy Efficiency Policy Influence Decision Making in Industry?” which investigates what drives decision makers in large, industrial companies to invest in energy efficiency measures.

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EBRD to Invest in Energy Efficient Wood Processing Plant in Russia [viewed]

EBRD17 November 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced it would finance the creation of the first Russian plant producing Oriented Strand Board (OSB), a type of wood panelling. 

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