Industrial Development

OECD Paper Reviews Policies for Investing in Renewable Energy Plants [viewed]

July 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper entitled “Sources of Finance, Investment Policies and Plant Entry in the Renewable Energy Sector,” which reviews public policies promoting investment in renewable energies at the plant level.

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Event: Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: A Challenge for Global Ports [viewed]

Organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), this meeting will provide a platform for expert discussions on how best to improve the understanding of climate change impacts on ports and develop effective and appropriate adaptation response measures. It will bring together policy makers and planning authorities, port industry representatives and operators, port users, relevant international organizations, as well as scientists and engineers, to share their insights and discuss relevant issues with a view to identifying: vulnerabilities and risks; associated adaptation requirements; existing best practices, information and data sources; issues requiring further study, including data requirements; and partners and mechanisms for effective collaboration.  

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Event: ICAO Aviation and Sustainable Alternative Fuels Workshop [viewed]

This International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) workshop will provide a forum for information exchange on the state of worldwide activities on sustainable alternative fuels, especially biofuels, for aviation. In addition, the workshop aims to enhance dialogue among member States, financial institutions, fuel producers and operators over project financing for sustainable alternative aviation fuels. Further discussions will focus on, among others: harmonizing life cycle analysis methodologies; sustainability criteria; legal and regulatory frameworks to ensure availability of supply of sustainable alternative fuels for aviation; and the role of sustainable alternative fuels in member States' emissions reduction actions.  

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UNIDO Invites Applications to its 2011 Bluesky Award [viewed]

22 August 2011: This year's Bluesky Award, sponsored by UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and organized by the Shenzhen International Technology Promotion Center for Sustainable Development (ITPC), will focus on the application of new technologies for renewable energy use. 

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ADB Finances Solar Thermal Technology Project in China [viewed]

19 August 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$100 million loan to boost energy efficiency in Shandong province in the People's Republic of China (PRC).

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Event: Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo [viewed]

The Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo will focus on reforming Nigerian power and is taking place via a partnership with Nigerian's Energy Commission, Renewable energy programme of the Ministry of Environment, Presidential Action Committee on Power (PACP), as well as REEEP, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Global Compact, the UNFCCC Secretariat, and others. The event will bring together renewable energy power professionals, government and civil society representatives, as well as over 200 exhibiting companies from all over the world. It aims to: create a platform for all stakeholders to network and transfer knowledge and skills; raise awareness and educate the public about climate change in Nigeria and the world; showcase both local and international initiatives and technologies that are at the forefront of renewable energy and climate change resilience; mobilize Nigerians across all sectors to act on climate change in all aspects of their lives; and create a platform for business, government and NGOs to showcase alternative energy solutions and climate change initiatives and technologies.  

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European Commission Legislation Incentivizes Eco-innovation for Cars [viewed]

25 July 2011: The European Commission adopted legislation providing incentives for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from cars through eco-innovation. The Regulation enables motor manufacturers to receive carbon emission credits if they fit new cars with approved "eco-innovations" reducing emissions.

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Event: ITU Telecom World 2011 [viewed]

This event is organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), with the aim of providing a platform for key players of the information and communication industry to network, share knowledge and seek solutions to global challenges. Discussions will focus around 12 themes, including green solutions for sustainable growth and improving healthcare through e-health services.  

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WIPO Holds Conference on Innovation and Climate Change [viewed]

13 July 2011: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has hosted a conference on the role of innovation and technology in the development and diffusion of green technologies to provide solutions to the challenges posed by climate change.

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World Bank Hosts High-Level Event on Low Emissions Development [viewed]

World Bank13 July 2011: The World Bank invited senior policy makers and opinion leaders from around the world to a High-Level Dialogue on Low Emissions Development Policy Implementation. During the day-long event, speakers identified poverty and climate change are the two defining challenges of this century, warning against the risk of reversing any gains on poverty if climate change is not addressed.

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