Industrial Development

EU DG-Environment Warns of Seagrass Decline, Carbon Dioxide Releases [viewed]

25 October 2012: A news alert released by the EU Directorate-General of the Environment (DG-Environment) explores the annual average global annual decline of seagrass beds by 1.5% since 1900, which is now accelerating, noting they are an important carbon sink.

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IEA How2Guide Initiative Launched at ADB/IEA Workshops [viewed]

IEA31 October 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) recently organized four joint workshops focusing on the potential for deployment, as well as best practices for wind energy, smart-grids, and other power generation innovations, and launched the IEA How2Guide initiative in Asia for smart grids in distribution networks and wind energy.

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UNEP, China Launch Efficient Lighting Centre [viewed]

UNEP31 October 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the opening of the Global Efficient Lighting Centre (GELC) in Beijing, China. The GELC is designed to support the rapid deployment of energy-efficient technologies in developing and emerging countries, and is a joint initiative of UNEP and the Chinese National Lighting Test Centre.

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Event: Workshop on Measuring the Potential of Green Growth in Chile [viewed]

Jointly organized by Chile's Environment and Labor Ministries in cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme, this workshop will seek to identify, within the framework of the OECD Green Growth Strategy, measurable indicators for Chile's transition to a low-pollution, low-carbon and resource-efficient economy, with a focus on three sectors: sustainable construction; sustainable tourism; and consumption and production of firewood. Among the discussion themes will be green environmental assets, greening production and consumption, green jobs and skills, and sustainable strategies for local public and private actors.  

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OECD Roundtable Examines Catalyzing Investment in Low-carbon Infrastructure [viewed]

OECD25 September 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) held a special roundtable looking at how to create a long-term policy framework that catalyzes private investment in low-carbon, climate-resilient (LCR) infrastructure.

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European Commission Publishes Kyoto Protocol Target Progress Report [viewed]

24 October 2012: The European Commission has released an annual report detailing progress in 2011 towards achieving the EU target under the Kyoto Protocol, while the European Environment Agency (EEA) has published an associated analysis of EU greenhouse gas (GHG) trends. The report on progress finds that EU GHG emissions have decreased for the 27 EU Member States by 2.5% in 2011.

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IEA Member Countries and Auto Makers Meet to Discuss Future of Global Electric Vehicle Use [viewed]

IEA23 October 2012: The Clean Energy Ministerial Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI), chaired by the International Energy Agency (IEA), gathered major automotive manufacturers and representatives from EVI member countries on 19 October in Stuttgart, Germany, for a public-private roundtable to discuss pathways for increasing electric vehicle use worldwide.

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Event: European Electric Vehicle Congress [viewed]

The Congress will bring together policy makers, industry leaders, end-users, researchers, and NGOs to discuss the policy, economic, technological, and ecological aspects of electric vehicles and clean transportation. The main theme of the conference is "Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles are ready: Challenges, Opportunities and Outlook." The day before the Congress, an EU Project day is being organized to provide information on different programs, funding opportunities and funded projects supported by the European institutions.  

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ESMAP Report Outlines Global and National-Level Policy Lessons for Low-Carbon Development [viewed]

October 2012: According to a report from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank, countries seeking to balance economic growth with carbon reduction can achieve both. The report details case studies on low-carbon development in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland and South Africa.

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ITU Discusses Role of ICTs in the Smart Grid to Promote Energy Efficiency [viewed]

September 2012: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has released a report titled “Boosting Energy Efficiency Through Smart Grids,” which was commissioned by ITU in support of “International Year for Sustainable Energy for All.” It focuses on how ICTs can help mitigate climate change by making energy management more efficient.

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