Industrial Development

Event: IEA Webinar on CO2 Abatement in the Iron and Steel Industry [viewed]

The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Clean Coal Centre will present the results of its latest report 'CO2 abatement in the iron and steel industry,' by Anne Carpenter, in a webinar on Wednesday 11 April at midday (GMT). The report seeks to examine methods to abate carbon dioxide emissions in the coal and steel industry, specifically from the preparation of raw materials (coking, sintering and pelletising plants) and the production of liquid steel in oxygen or electric furnaces. The webinar will also cover direct reduction and smelting reduction processes, and iron-making in blast furnaces.  

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Aviation Summit Calls for Global Framework on Emissions Reductions [viewed]

22 March 2012: The sixth Aviation and Environment Summit discussed the contribution of the aviation industry to sustainable development. The Summit concluded with the adoption of an industry declaration titled "Aviation Benefits Beyond Boundaries," as a joint message to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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EBRD Funds First Wind Energy Farm in Mongolia [viewed]

20 March 2012: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is investing in the first privately-owned wind farm in Mongolia, the Salkhit wind farm.

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REEEP Reports on Expansion of South African Municipal Energy Efficiency Fund [viewed]

20 March 2012: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) reports that the South African Government will continue and expand its Municipal Energy Efficiency Demand Side Management (EEDSM) fund for another three years, which will support energy efficiency improvements to public infrastructure at the municipal level.

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REEEP Announces Cooperation between reegle and the Clean Energy Solutions Center [viewed]

20 March 2012: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has announced that reegle, a clean energy information portal, and the Clean Energy Solutions Center (CESC) will begin cross-linking many of their resources, while also facilitating interactions between their main audiences.

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UN DESA Brief Highlights Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport in Emerging and Developing Economies [viewed]

RIO+20March 2012: The March Issues Brief of the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) highlights the transport sector in countries with emerging and developing economies, noting that rapid urbanization is changing the transport sector in these countries.

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IEA Launches Building Energy Efficiency Policies Database, Signs MOU with WBCSD at Workshop [viewed]

16 March 2012: At a workshop co-organized by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), titled “The Bumpy Road to Effective Implementation of Buildings Energy Efficiency Policies,” Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, IEA, called for a global reduction in the amount of energy consumed in buildings in order to strengthen energy security and combat climate change.

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CAF Launches Regional Initiative on Renewable Energy Technology Development [viewed]

14 March 2012: The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) recently launched a Regional Innovation Initiative for the Development of Renewable Energy Generation and Energy Efficiency Technologies.

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Event: Third Clean Energy Ministerial [viewed]

The Third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3) will bring together over 20 participating countries to discuss progress made by the 11 CEM clean energy initiatives, increased intergovernmental cooperation, and public-private partnerships in support of clean energy deployment. The CEM is an initiative of the Major Economies Forum (MEF), which was established in early 2009 to facilitate a positive outcome of climate change negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The 23 governments participating in CEM initiatives are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the United States.  

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CEC Updates Online Database on Pollutant Releases and Transfers [viewed]

15 March 2012: The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has launched an updated version of "Taking Stock Online," its online resource on pollution data reported by industrial facilities in Canada, Mexico and the US. The updated database enables the tracking of the release and transfer of over 500 pollutants by nearly 100 industrial sectors across industries and national boundaries. 

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