Industrial Development

ICAO Launches “Flightpath to a Sustainable Future” for the UNCSD [viewed]

18 June 2012: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) launched “Flightpath to a Sustainable Future,” an initiative for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) consisting of the first-ever series of connecting flights powered by sustainable alternative fuels.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for Business Day [viewed]

18 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convened for Business Day, bringing together business stakeholders, and high-level speakers from the Rio Conventions and intergovernmental organizations to discuss the role of business in sustainable development, and how the private sector can facilitate the transition to a green economy.

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EEA Releases Update of 2010 Report on Consumption and the Environment [viewed]

EEA14 June 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) released an update to its “State and Outlook of the Environment Report 2010” (SOER) which focuses on consumption and the environment. The publication was launched at the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Consumption and Production, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in conjunction with the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls for Strategic and Efficient Use of Oil Emissions [viewed]

14 June 2012: Speaking at the Fifth Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) International Seminar, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said progress in the international climate change negotiations is an opportunity, rather than a threat, for OPEC member States. 

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Event: CEM Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) Action Group Meeting [viewed]

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) Action Group meeting, organized as a side-event during the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum Annual Meeting, will bring together governments, businesses, and organizations in the field of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to provide recommendations to policy makers and encourage collaboration on CCS. The CCUS Action Group is co-led by the Governments of Australia and the UK and aims to advance the deployment of CCS technologies.  

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Event: Measuring the "Smartness" of the Electricity Grid [viewed]

This free webinar, which is organized by the Clean Energy Solutions Center of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), will focus on smart electricity grids and methodologies to measure "smartness." The webinar aims to provide policy makers with practical policy advice in this regard. Dr. Leen Vandezande from the Electric Energy Research Group at the University of Leuven, Belgium, will lead the webinar.  

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Event: Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development [viewed]

This side event will be held during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and will focus on renewable energy for sustainable development, biogas, hydro-energy and biofuels. It will also include the launch of the International Center of Renewable Energy Biogas, in the framework of the Observatory for Renewable Energy for Latin America and the Caribbean. The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will also address the potentials of sustainable energy solutions in contributing to employment creation and poverty alleviation. The event is being organized by the Federations of Industries of São Paulo (SFIESP) and Rio de Janeiro (FIRJAN) states, UNIDO, Eletrobras, ITAIPU Binacional, Brazilian Ministry of Energy, Roberto Marinho Foundation, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA), and Rio City Hall.  

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UNEP Releases Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment Report [viewed]

11 June 2012: The Frankfurt School UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance has released a report titled “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2012,” (GTR) prepared for UNEP by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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IEA Outlines Technology Choices for a 2°C Temperature Increase Scenario [viewed]

IEA11 June 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a new report titled "Energy Technology Perspectives 2012: Pathways to a Clean Energy System," (ETP2012) which outlines technology choices for a 2ºC global temperature rise scenario, identifies barriers to clean energy technology development, and provides policy recommendations.

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REN21 Status Report Indicates Strong Continued Growth in Renewables [viewed]

REN2111 June 2012: The Renewable Energy Global Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has published the latest edition of its flagship publication, the “Renewables 2012 Global Status Report” (GSR), which illustrates continued growth in all types of renewables across sectors and countries, including via an update of REN21's interactive online map.

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