Industrial Development

FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre, BNEF Report on Renewables Market Share Growth [viewed]

global-trends7 April 2014: A report released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Frankfurt School (FS)-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) finds that renewable energy (excluding large hydro) accounted for 43.6% of new generation capacity in 2013. The new installations continued an upward trend in renewable energy additions, despite a 14% decrease in investment.

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UNISDR Invites Business' Ideas on DRR and Avoiding New Risks [viewed]

UNISDR2 April 2014: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has launched a month-long online consultation with the international business community, inviting businesses to contribute their expertise and ideas on the role of financial reform, regulation, building codes and incentives to allow business to make safer investments and avoid creating new risk in the process of driving economic growth and development.

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Event: Clean Energy Ministerial 5 (CEM5) [viewed]

The Republic of Korea is hosting the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5), which will gather energy ministers and other high-level delegates from over 20 of the world's largest economies to identify avenues to accelerate the transition to a global clean energy economy. CEM5 will focus specifically on identifying smart policies, programmes, and strategies to improve energy efficiency, clean energy deployment, and energy access expansion. It is also anticipated that governments will announce specific new commitments to advance these goals at the meeting. Participants include the 23 CEM government ministers and delegates, official observer organisations and other invited stakeholders.  

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March 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb--erdb-gef-afdb-eib31 March 2014: Throughout the month of March, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) undertook activities and approved funding for sustainable energy projects in countries including: the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), France, Kenya, the Philippines, Romania, Solomon Islands, Zambia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Event: Africa Clean Energy Summit [viewed]

The 2014 African Clean Energy Summit (ACES) will bring together decision makers, policymakers, industry leaders, investors, experts and media under the theme of Sustainable Energy for All. Participants from around the world are invited to explore the challenges and opportunities for renewable energy through an international exhibition, technical sessions, business forums and other concurrent activities. The event will also inaugurate the Africa Women Roundtable on Clean Energy and Energy Poverty and the Africa Children and Youth Roundtable on Clean Energy and Green Lifestyle. The African Union Commission (AUC) and Government of Nigeria are organizing the Summit, with support from various other partners.  

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IEA-RETD Outlines Architecture of a Renewable Energy Future [viewed]

IEA RETDMarch 2014: The International Energy Agency's Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD) Implementing Agreement has released a position paper on the energy architecture that will be required to deliver and sustain a world with a very high penetration of renewables. The paper, commissioned by IEA-RETD in 2011, summarizes key findings from discussions among five energy experts on the architectural challenges and opportunities of a high renewable energy world in 2050.

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Event: Spring 2014 European Council Meeting [viewed]

The European Council will meet in Brussels, Belgium to discuss: the European Semester; industrial competitiveness; climate and energy; and preparations for the upcoming EU-Africa summit and relations with Africa. The meeting will be chaired by the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy.

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OECD Workshop Shares National Experiences on Green Growth [viewed]

OECD20 February 2014: Participants shared regional and national examples of good practice on green growth at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Expert Workshop on ‘Green Growth, Development Planning and Policy.' Participants emphasized the need to understand the economic rationale behind existing green business initiatives and the possibility to 'green' existing jobs, as opposed to creating more green jobs.

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UNIDO, GEF, UNEP and FAO Publications Assess Biofuels Sustainability [viewed]

unido-unep-gef-fao12 March 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has announced the release of two publications that investigate the social, environmental and economic sustainability of biofuels production, with the aim of promoting investment in increased biofuels production.

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Bloomberg and CEM Review 2013 Clean Energy Policy and Markets [viewed]

Clean Energy Solutions Center25 February 2014: The Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Clean Energy Solutions Center and Bloomberg New Energy Finance have published their latest bi-annual briefing, summarizing investment, regulatory, and other developments in clean energy. The issue highlights that, while costs of renewables reduced in 2013, so did investment.

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