Industrial Development

IFC and Partners to Establish Low Carbon Green Zone in Garment Factories in Bangladesh [viewed]

6 August 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has partnered with the Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority and the Government of the Republic of Korea to establish a Low Carbon Green Zone in the Chittagong Export Processing area in Bangladesh.

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UNDP Launches Small Hydropower Project in Tajikistan [viewed]

UNDP9 August 2012: The Energy and Environment Programme of the UN Development Program (UNDP) has launched the “Technology Transfer and Market Development for Small Hydropower in Tajikistan” project, which aims to accelerate small-scale hydropower (SHP) generation through capacity building, supportive legal and regulatory frameworks and sustainable delivery models.

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WEF Report Summarizes CEM3 Public-Private Roundtables [viewed]

7 August 2012: The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has reported on the release of a report from the World Economic Forum (WEF), which summarizes the discussions and outcomes of eight public-private roundtables that were organized in the context of the third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3), held in London, UK, from 25-26 April 2012.

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IEA Wind Annual Report Highlights 24% Increase in Global Wind Generation in 2011 [viewed]

IEA31 July 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published IEA WIND's 2011 Annual Report, outlining trends in wind energy deployment, as well as cooperative research, development and deployment efforts of IEA member governments and organizations.

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

7 August 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Norway (FCCC/ARR/2011/NOR), which states that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 3.1% between 1990 and 2009.

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IEA Deputy Director Stresses Mitigation Potential of Energy Efficiency [viewed]

IEA31 July 2012: In an interview for the documentary "Switch," which explores what role energy will play in the future, International Energy Agency (IEA) Deputy Executive Director Richard Jones cautions that emitted carbon dioxide will reach 1,000 parts per million, equating to a 6 degree Celsius global temperature increase, if energy polices do not change.

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Pacific Economic Ministers Release Action Plan [viewed]

PIFS5 July 2012: The 16th Forum Economic Ministers' Meeting (FEMM 16) discussed issues relating to economic governance in the Pacific, and concluded with the release of the Forum Economic Action Plan 2012. The Plan addresses, inter alia: implementing the Waiheke Declaration; economic empowerment of women; implementation of the Cairns Compact on Strengthening Development Coordination in the Pacific; progress by the Group of 20 (G20); and climate change resourcing.

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EU Releases New List of LIFE Programme Projects [viewed]

20 July 2012: The EU has issued a list of new projects funded by the LIFE Programme, which is the primary fiscal instrument the EU uses to fund environment and conservation projects contributing over €2.5 billion to over 3500 projects since its inception in 1992. The newly funded projects cover, inter alia: biodiversity and endangered species conservation; waste management and recycling; ecosystem and habitat conservation; water systems; adaptation to climate change; greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation; renewable energy and energy efficiency; air pollution; green transportation; soil degradation; and oceans and coasts.

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

18 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Australia (FCCC/ARR/2011/AUS). The report finds that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 30.4% between 1990 and 2009.

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Joint Investment Brings Electricity to Rural Communities in Nicaragua [viewed]

13 July 2012: Nicaragua has inaugurated a small hydropower plant to bring electricity to 3,000 people in 533 households in eight rural communities. The plant was financed and built with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Energy and Environment Partnership for Central America (EEP) and others.

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