Industrial Development

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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World Bank Loan to Brazil to Support Energy and Mineral Sectors [viewed]

World Bank20 December 2011: The World Bank has approved a $49.6 million loan to support Brazil's "Energy and Mineral Sectors Strengthening Project," which aims to build the capacity of key public sector institutions to improve the energy and mineral sectors' contribution to environmentally and socially sustainable growth.

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UNECE Convenes Europe-Asia Transboundary Water Cooperation Conference [viewed]

UNECE19 December 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) organized the International Conference on “Europe-Asia transboundary water cooperation” to promote dialogue and cooperation on the management and protection of transboundary waters among Afghanistan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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ECLAC Study Looks at Energy-Climate Change Interface for Central America Through 2100 [viewed]

December 2011: A recently-released sectoral study by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on energy and climate change in Central America looks at the probable impact of climate change on the evolution of its energy sector during two periods, the present through 2020, and 2021-2100. 

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European Commission Unveils Energy Roadmap 2050 [viewed]

EU15 December 2011: The European Commission has unveiled its Energy Roadmap 2050, which aims to cut emissions by over 80% by 2050 without disrupting energy supplies and competitiveness.

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ILO Outlines Approach to Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

ILO6 December 2011: The International Labour Organization (ILO) has released a working paper titled "Towards an ILO Approach to Climate Change Adaptation," which is the joint effort of the Employment Intensive Investment Programme and the Green Jobs Programme. The paper explores the implications of climate change, its impacts on the world of work and the need for the work of the International Labour Office to adapt to it.

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