Industrial Development

IEA Finds 2011 Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions at Record High, 2°C Window "About to close" [viewed]

24 May 2012: Preliminary estimates from the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggest that global carbon-dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel combustion reached a record high of 31.6 gigatons (Gt) in 2011, representing an increase of 3.2% or 1Gt from 2010 levels.

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European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 Winners Announced [viewed]

24 May 2012: The EU Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik presented the European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 to winners who have made achievements in sustainable development in the areas of management, products and process innovation, international business cooperation, and business and biodiversity. Potočnik lauded the companies for being “green growth in action.”

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UNDP, ILO Hold Consultation on Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

UNDP16 May 2012: The first thematic global consultation on the post-2015 development agenda aimed at fostering dialogue among experts on issues related to growth, structural change, productive capacities, and employment, in light of their impact on the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the potential post-2015 development agenda.

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Event: Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC) [viewed]

The Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC) brings together representatives from government, the private sector and civil society to discuss the advancement of renewable energy. The fifth such conference will be jointly organized with the sixth edition of the United Arab Emirates' World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and the International Water Summit 2013, and will follow the IRENA General Assembly meeting. Objectives of the conference are to analyze and highlight the achievements of the UN Secretary General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative, which was launched at the WFES 2012, and discuss the contribution of renewable energy to economic development, energy security and mitigation of climate change. The conference is expected to offer a strategic platform to discuss the impact of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC to be held in Qatar at the end of 2012, and the role of renewable energy on economic development, energy security and climate change mitigation. IREC is organized every two years and convened by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). The event will see thousands of participants engaging in dialogues on the policy, finance, business and technology of renewable energy in a series of panel discussions, presentations, speeches and exhibitions. The events are part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).  

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CCAFS Launches Learning Platform on Climate Smart Agriculture [viewed]

24 May 2012: The Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) South Asia of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has launched a learning platform to improve agricultural resilience to changing weather patterns, and to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UNDP, UNEP, WFP Support Reforestation of Haiti-Dominican Republic Border [viewed]

UNDP21 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has reported on progress achieved in the reforestation of the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic under a project titled Green Border, implemented by UNDP in partnership with the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

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UNFCCC Publishes Germany's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

15 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of Germany's 2011 annual submission (FCCC/ARR/2011/DEU), which indicates that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 26.5% between 1990 and 2009, and that the energy sector accounted for 82.6% of total GHG emissions.

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CDM Executive Board Launches Call for CCS Experts [viewed]

18 May 2012: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched a call for experts to act as members of the newly-established Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Working Group (CCS WG).

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Event: Green Jobs: Linking the Environment, Climate Change and the World of Work [viewed]

Organized by the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Turin, Italy, in collaboration with the International Labour Office in Geneva, Switzerland, this training will be proceeded by a distance pre-course support (from 2-13 July) and will be followed by a distance post-course follow up (from 23-27 July). The overall objective of this course is to provide a conceptual and strategic framework for the promotion of green jobs at the national level, by focusing on the social and employment dimensions of the green economy.  

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EU Energy Commissioner Highlights Importance of EU Covenant of Mayors for EU-China Mayors' Forum [viewed]

8 May 2012: At the opening session of the European Union (EU)-China urbanization partnership, the EU's Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger, announced that the Covenant of Mayors will play a critical role in the upcoming EU-China Mayors' Forum, enhancing opportunities for sharing best practices and peer-to-peer cooperation.

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