Industrial Development

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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World Bank Lends US$200 Million for Energy Efficiency Projects in Ukraine [viewed]

17 May 2011: The World Bank approved a project to improve energy efficiency in industrial companies, municipalities and municipally-owned enterprises and energy service companies in Ukraine by facilitating bank lending for energy efficiency investments.

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Refrigerants, Naturally! Receives Harvard University Award [viewed]

18 May 2011: Refrigerants, Naturally!, a public-private partnership conceived and supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)'s OzonAction team, has received the Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Roy Family Award.

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UN Secretary-General, UNIDO Emphasize Changing Production and Consumption Patterns to Support Sustainable Economic Growth [viewed]

17 May 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General Kandeh Yumkella emphasized the need to change production and consumption patterns in their statements at the Fourth Nevsky International Ecological Congress. 

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