Industrial Development

ECPA Takes Stock of Energy Policies in Seven Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

June 2012: The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) released a report on the state of the energy sector and energy policy in seven small island developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean, with an emphasis on renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities in each country: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Montreal Protocol TEAP Releases Report on Alternatives to ODS [viewed]

May 2012: The Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer has released the second volume of its 2012 report, which consists of a task force report on Decision XXIII/9 titled “Additional Information on Alternatives to Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS).” The report will be considered by the 32nd meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 32) scheduled to convene in Bangkok, Thailand, from 23-27 July 2012.   

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Event: Advancing Ozone and Climate Protection Technologies: Next Steps [viewed]

This meeting is being co-sponsored by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the US Government, and the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy. Conference supporters are the European Commission and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. The event will bring together industry, policymakers, environmental organizations, and academia to share information and expertise on various alternatives and approaches to ensure that the phase-out of CFCs and HCFCs is done in such as way as to limit the climate contribution of high global warming potential (GWP) materials.  

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IEA's Solar Heating and Cooling Roadmap Highlights GHG Mitigation Potential [viewed]

IEA9 July 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the “Solar Heating and Cooling Roadmap,” which advocates that an increased uptake of solar heating and cooling technologies could eliminate approximately 800 megatons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, as these technologies produce low levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Gas Flaring Increase in the US and Russia Reverses GHG Reduction Trend [viewed]

World Bank3 July 2012: The World Bank and the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR) caution that new data show a two-billion cubic meter increase in gas flared in 2011, reversing the downward trend that had been achieved in recent years.

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FAO Representative for LAC Stresses Food Security, Climate Adaptation as Priorities [viewed]

FAO19 June 2012: Upon assuming office, the newly-appointed Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Raúl Benítez (Argentina), indicated his priorities would be food security, climate change adaptation, family agriculture, and agro-food health and safety.

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EU-Central America Association Agreement Promotes Sustainable Development [viewed]

29 June 2012: The EU signed a comprehensive Association Agreement with six Central American countries, namely Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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IEA Reviews Swiss Energy Policy [viewed]

IEA3 July 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report titled “Energy Policies of IEA Countries- Switzerland 2012 Review,” which lauds Swiss electricity market reforms and high levels of oil and gas security, however the report envisions difficulties for the planned stabilization of electricity demand.

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EBRD Invests in Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Slovakia [viewed]

3 July 2012: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved a 8.5 year loan of US 150 million to the сentral European energy company MOL Group to modernize its Slovakian member, Slovnaft Group, a refining and petrochemical company. 

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UN-Energy Newsletter Reviews SE4ALL Progress, Green Industry Platform, FAO's Bioenergy Tool [viewed]

UN-Energy30 June 2012: The June 2012 edition of the UN-Energy Newsletter has been published, focusing on the launch of the Green Industry Platform at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20); new UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) tools on Bioenergy and Food Security; strengthening public private partnerships (PPPs) to accelerate global electricity deployment; and global solar opportunity tool. 

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