Industrial Development

Fifth Investor Summit on Climate Risk and Energy Solutions Calls for Further Innovation [viewed]

12 January 2012: The fifth Investor Summit on Climate Risk and Energy Solutions brought together close to 500 of the world's investors and financial players to showcase their actions and discuss promising trends to catalyze large-scale investment. 

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Event: Sustainable Biomass for Electricity Conference (SB4E) [viewed]

The Conference on Sustainable Biomass for Electricity (SB4E), organized by UN-Energy in cooperation with the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) and other partners, will consider the role of biomass technologies in decarbonizing the global energy system. Acknowledging the readily available and cost effective potential for emission reductions that could be achieved through the large-scale deployment of sustainable biomass for electricity production, the SB4E Conference will provide an opportunity for governments, international organizations and the private sector to share knowledge, lessons, best practices and experiences and to join efforts towards decarbonizing electricity generation. The GBEP grew out of the 2005 Gleneagles G8 Plan of Action and was launched during the Ministerial Segment of the 14th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 14) in New York, on 11 May 2006. As of January 2012, GBEP Partners include the following 23 countries and 12 international organizations and institutions: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Fiji, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Mauritania, Mexico, Netherlands, Paraguay, Russian Federation, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, UK, US, European Commission, FAO, IDB, IEA, UNCTAD, UN/DESA, UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO, UN Foundation, World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) and European Biomass Industry Association (EUBIA).  

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UNFCCC Publishes the Czech Republic's GHG Inventory Report [viewed]

6 January 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2011/CZE) of the individual review of the annual submission of the Czech Republic submitted in 2011, according to which, in 2009, carbon dioxide accounted for 84.9% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Czech Republic.

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Ireland Publishes Roadmaps for Wind Power, Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles [viewed]

IEA22 December 2011: The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has published national technology roadmaps for wind power, smart grids, and electric vehicles using International Energy Agency (IEA) methodologies.

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CEC Report Details Greenhouse Gas Emissions from North American Power Plants [viewed]

7 December 2011: A report by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) on the air emissions of electric power plants in North America finds that its 3,144 fossil fuel-burning plants generate the majority of several key pollutants and emit more greenhouse gases (GHG) than any other industrial sector.

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IEA Bulletin Discusses Smart Grids, Ocean and Wind Energy and New Projects [viewed]

IEADecember 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its latest OPEN Technology Bulletin, which summarizes topics related to smart grids, the new IEA Energy Journal, ocean energy, Chinese wind energy, accelerating innovation, costs of inaction and new projects, among other items. 

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ITU Approves Standards for Smart Grids [viewed]

21 December 2011: Three new smart grid standards on narrowband powerline communications (NB-PLC) have been defined and approved by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at the recent meeting of the ITU-T Study Group 15 on optical transport networks and access network infrastructures, held from 5-16 December 2011 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UNEP Announces Launch of China's HCFC Phase-Out Management Plan [viewed]

UNEP20 December 2011: The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) has announced the launch of China's Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) under the Montreal Protocol. The US$270 million HPMP aims cut consumption of HCFCs in China by January 2015.

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EBDR Promotes Sustainable Energy in Romania [viewed]

12 December 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has selected the ten best projects financed under the joint EU-EBRD programme “Energy Efficiency Finance Facility” to support Romania's energy security strategy, increase energy savings and reduce carbon emissions.

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UNEP Announces Closure of Carbon Neutral Network [viewed]

20 December 2011: The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) has announced that Carbon Neutral Network (CN-Net) is set to close. The decision was taken after consultation with members of the web-based platform, and UNEP encourages members to approach other similar platforms to pursue their efforts at becoming climate neutral.

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