Industrial Development

East Asia Can Stabilize Emissions without Compromising Growth - World Bank [viewed]

19 April 2010: The World Bank has released a  report titled “Winds of Change: East Asia's Sustainable Energy Future,” which argues that the six major energy-using countries of East Asia could stabilize their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2025 without compromising growth.

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UNDP Releases Human Development Report for Russia [viewed]

April 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, has released the National Human Development Report in the Russian Federation on the energy sector and sustainable development. The report describes the correlation between climate change, the energy sector and human development.

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Event: 33rd Session of ECLAC [viewed]

The 33rd session of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will review ECLAC activities and adopt a programme for the next biennium, including on activities related to sustainable development and climate change.  

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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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