Industrial Development

IEA's Solar Heating and Cooling Roadmap Highlights GHG Mitigation Potential [viewed]

IEA9 July 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the “Solar Heating and Cooling Roadmap,” which advocates that an increased uptake of solar heating and cooling technologies could eliminate approximately 800 megatons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, as these technologies produce low levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Gas Flaring Increase in the US and Russia Reverses GHG Reduction Trend [viewed]

World Bank3 July 2012: The World Bank and the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR) caution that new data show a two-billion cubic meter increase in gas flared in 2011, reversing the downward trend that had been achieved in recent years.

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FAO Representative for LAC Stresses Food Security, Climate Adaptation as Priorities [viewed]

FAO19 June 2012: Upon assuming office, the newly-appointed Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Raúl Benítez (Argentina), indicated his priorities would be food security, climate change adaptation, family agriculture, and agro-food health and safety.

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EU-Central America Association Agreement Promotes Sustainable Development [viewed]

29 June 2012: The EU signed a comprehensive Association Agreement with six Central American countries, namely Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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IEA Reviews Swiss Energy Policy [viewed]

IEA3 July 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report titled “Energy Policies of IEA Countries- Switzerland 2012 Review,” which lauds Swiss electricity market reforms and high levels of oil and gas security, however the report envisions difficulties for the planned stabilization of electricity demand.

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EBRD Invests in Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Slovakia [viewed]

3 July 2012: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved a 8.5 year loan of US 150 million to the сentral European energy company MOL Group to modernize its Slovakian member, Slovnaft Group, a refining and petrochemical company. 

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UN-Energy Newsletter Reviews SE4ALL Progress, Green Industry Platform, FAO's Bioenergy Tool [viewed]

UN-Energy30 June 2012: The June 2012 edition of the UN-Energy Newsletter has been published, focusing on the launch of the Green Industry Platform at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20); new UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) tools on Bioenergy and Food Security; strengthening public private partnerships (PPPs) to accelerate global electricity deployment; and global solar opportunity tool. 

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Nordic Council Adopts Nidaros Declaration on Food Production and Green Growth [viewed]

28 June 2012: The Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MR-FJLS) has adopted the Nidaros Declaration, highlighting the role of primary food production and processing industries in green growth, and calling for increased sustainability and competitive production in the sector. 

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OLADE, UNASUR Launch Joint Publication on Energy Integration in South America [viewed]

8 June 2012: The Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) have launched a joint publication on energy integration in South America and the role that UNASUR might play in that integration.

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UN Secretary-General Issues Reports for ECOSOC Substantive Session [viewed]

May 2012: The UN has circulated reports of the Secretary-General for the upcoming substantive session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The reports address macroeconomic policies for sustainable development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and productive capacity, employment and decent work to eradicate poverty in the context of inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth.

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