Industrial Development

UNDP Releases Report on China and Low Carbon Economy [viewed]

15 April 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has commissioned a report titled "China and a Sustainable Future, Towards a Low Carbon Economy and Society," coordinated by the Renmin University of China, which argues that the country has “no other choice” but to shift to a low carbon development path as it continues to urbanize.

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ESCAP Releases Guidebook on Sustainable Energy Consumption [viewed]

April 2010: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has released a guidebook on sustainable energy consumption titled “Promotion of Sustainable Energy Consumption: Consumer Organizations and Efficient Energy Use in the Residential Sector.”

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World Bank President: Green Growth Can Pull Millions Out of Poverty [viewed]

14 April 2009: Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group, gave a lecture on "The End of the Third World? Modernizing Multilateralism for a Multipolar World," at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, in Washington DC, US. He noted that climate change policy can be linked to development and win support from developing countries for low carbon growth, "but not if it is imposed as a straitjacket."

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Event: First Meeting of the Parties to the 2003 Kiev Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers [viewed]

The Protocol is the first legally binding international instrument on pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs), which help to identify the biggest sources of pollution, including those emitting greenhouse gases (GHGs). The Protocol is expected to contribute to climate change mitigation efforts in the region of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

 

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Parliamentarians to Support Clean Energy Efforts [viewed]

27 March 2010: The 122nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly took place from 27 March-1 April 2010, in Bangkok, Thailand, focusing on the theme of political reconciliation and governance.

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Event: IEA Workshop: Biofuels for Transport [viewed]

This workshop is being convened as part of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Technology Roadmap creation process for biofuels for transport, which aims to offer technical, policy, legal, market and organizational guidelines for successful development of sustainable biofuels for transport. At this workshop, researchers and representatives of government and industry will discuss the development of conversion pathways for advanced biofuels, production costs, infrastructure requirements, vehicle compatibility, and other technology-related topics over a four-decade timeframe.  

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Event: Transforming Innovation into Realistic Market Implementation Programmes [viewed]

This meeting of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Committee on Energy Research and Technology's Expert Group on Research and Development Priority Setting and Evaluation (EGRD) will continue discussions begun in 2009 on strategies to overcome risks, costs and other implementation barriers to new climate-friendly technologies. In particular, the meeting will consider best practices for technology development in policies, programmes and measures at various stages of the research, development and deployment chain, including sessions on: creating business from ideas; early market stage entry; and full-scale market implementation: shaping consumer behavior.  

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IEA and WBCSD Cooperate on Low-Carbon Transitioning [viewed]

10 March 2010: Over 30 technology executives met under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) on 10 March 2010, and adopted a statement on concrete action for the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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Conference Highlights Role of Civil Nuclear Energy in Mitigation [viewed]

9 March 2010: The International Conference on Access to Civil Nuclear Energy convened in Paris, France, from 8-9 March 2010, to discuss the promotion of nuclear energy technology for peaceful purposes.

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Event: First Steps after Copenhagen: The Role of the Private Sector in Dealing with Climate Change [viewed]

This workshop is jointly organized by the Business Humanitarian Forum, the International Chamber of Commerce Switzerland, the UN-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) and the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI). The workshop is intended to showcase the private sector's role in dealing with climate change both in terms of the post-Copenhagen process and policy framework, and its ability to address challenges and lead the way toward a low-carbon economy.  

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