Industrial Development

EBRD Increases Investment in Sustainable Energy [viewed]

8 February 2012: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invested €2.6 billion in sustainable energy projects in 2011 in response to the need to increase energy efficiency and support low-carbon growth, the Bank has announced.

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CDM Methodologies Panel Launches Call for Public Inputs [viewed]

6 February 2012: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Methodologies Panel has launched a call for public inputs on the draft revised methodology “PFC emission reductions from anode effect mitigation at primary aluminium smelting facilities.”

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UNCTAD Report Makes the Case for Development-led Globalization [viewed]

7 February 2012: In his report to the 13th session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi has proposed replacing the pattern of finance-driven globalization (FDG) currently dominating international relations with a model of development-led globalization (DLG).

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EEA Reports Recommend Environmental Tax Reform [viewed]

9 January 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released two reports on European Tax Reform (ETR). The reports, titled “Environmental Tax Reform in Europe: Opportunities for Eco-innovation” and “Environmental Tax Reform in Europe: Implications for Income Distribution,” highlight that implementing the ERT could spur eco-innovation, create jobs, and result in environmental benefits, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. 

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IEA Recommends Slovakia Increase Energy Efficiency and Diversify Energy Mix [viewed]

IEA6 February 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report, titled "Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Slovak Republic Review," which lauds the Slovak Republic's improvements in energy efficiency and urges the country to increase efforts to strengthen its energy security and industrial competitiveness.

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Event: Fourth African Carbon Forum [viewed]

The fourth African Carbon Forum is being held under the theme "Promoting Green and Low Carbon Development in Africa". Organized by the Nairobi Framework Partners, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP Risoe Centre (URC), the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank (WB) and the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), the Forum will host a series of plenary sessions, round tables and workshops to discuss topics related to the carbon market in Africa. Topics to be addressed include the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, plans of action and scaled-up mitigation actions, improving energy access in Africa and REDD+.  

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Boat Unveiled in Turkey [viewed]

30 January 2012: The Istanbul Technical University in Turkey has unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell boat. The boat, which is named "Marti" (meaning seagull), was developed over four years with funding from several organizations, including the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.

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IEA Releases Guide to Policy Makers on Carbon Capture and Storage [viewed]

IEAJanuary 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report titled "A Policy Strategy for Carbon Capture and Storage," which serves as a guide to policy makers to support the development of national and international policy on carbon capture and storage (CCS), both conventional fossil fuel CCS and bioenergy with CCS (BECCS).  

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ITU and Telefónica Launch Sustainable Energy for All Mobile App Competitions [viewed]

1 February 2012: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Telefónica have launched two challenges for the creation of new mobile applications (or “apps”) that address the issue of sustainable energy for all. The challenges seek to uncover innovative information and communication technology (ICT) approaches to support the 2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.

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

30 January 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report (FCCC/ARR/2011/FIN) of the individual review of the annual submission of Finland submitted in 2011. The report notes that in 2009, the main greenhouse gas (GHG) in Finland was carbon dioxide, accounting for 83.5% of total GHG emissions expressed in CO2 eq, followed by nitrous oxide (N02) (8.6%) and methane (CH4) (6.4%).

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