Industrial Development

EU Ministers Discuss Energy Efficiency [viewed]

10 June 2011: EU ministers for transport, telecommunications and energy met in Luxembourg on 10 June 2011, to discuss energy efficiency.

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World Bank Approves Energy Efficiency and Renewables Loan for Poland [viewed]

7 June 2011: The World Bank approved a 750 million Euro loan to support Poland's implementation of its Energy Policy of Poland Until 2030, adopted in November 2009 with the objective to: decrease energy consumption by 20% by 2020, compared to business as usual; increase the share of renewable energy in final energy consumption to 15% by 2020; and achieve a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission target by 2020.

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European Commission Bans Use of Industrial Gas Credits in the ETS [viewed]

8 June 2011: The European Commission has formally adopted a ban on the use of industrial gas credits in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) as of May 2013.

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ECREEE Calls for Proposals [viewed]

3 June 2011: The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), has launched the first call for proposals of the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Facility (EREF).

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UNGA Debates Green Economy [viewed]

2 June 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held an informal thematic debate on the topic “Green Economy: A Pathway to Sustainable Development,” including a morning panel on opportunities and challenges of a green economy, and an afternoon panel on transitioning toward green economy, as well as extensive discussion.

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UNFCCC Workshop Discusses Implementation of the Technology Mechanism [viewed]

2 June 2011: The UNFCCC Workshop on Technology Needs Assessments (TNAs) convened in Bonn, Germany, from 1-2 June 2011. The workshop sought to: share good practices and lessons learned from non-Annex I parties' experiences in conducting TNAs; identify specific needs and practical actions to assist parties in implementing their results; and discuss the roles of TNAs in the context of the implementation of the Technology Mechanism as established at COP 16 in Decision 1/CP.16 (the Cancun Agreements).

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ILO and OECD Strengthen Cooperation [viewed]

25 May 2011: The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding areas of common interest and activity, including employment, social protection, labor migration, green jobs, occupational safety and health and statistics.

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UNEP and European Commission Launch Metal Recycling and Decoupling Reports [viewed]

26 May 2011: The European Commission and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have jointly launched reports on metal recycling and decoupling, during Green Week in Brussels, Belgium.

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IEA Book Presents Methodology to Evaluate Variable Renewable Energy Potentials [viewed]

24 May 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a book titled “Harnessing Variable Renewables: A Guide to the Balancing Challenge,” which presents a method of assessing resources needed to balance supply and demand in power systems utilizing large shares of variable renewable energy (VRE), such as solar photovoltaic, wind and tidal energy.

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UNFCCC Publishes the GHG Inventory of the Netherlands [viewed]

20 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/NLD) of the individual review of the annual submission of the Netherlands submitted in 2010.

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