Science, Assessment & Monitoring

EU Environment, Energy Ministers Discuss Biodiversity, Climate, Energy Efficiency [viewed]

EU16 April 2015: Latvia hosted informal meetings of the EU's environment and energy ministers to discuss the Union's environmental and climate and energy policies. The two meetings, which took place back-to-back, from 14-16 April, in Riga, Latvia, focused on biodiversity, international climate change negotiations, energy efficiency in the heating and cooling sector, and the interaction between biodiversity and renewable energy development.

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Event: Mind the Science: Why Businesses Are Aligning Their Goals with the Planet [viewed]

As part of Climate Week Paris 2015, the partners of the Science Based Targets initiative are organizing this event to present the Sectoral Decarbonization Approach methodology that they developed for corporations to set greenhouse gas (GHG) targets aligned with climate science and the goal of keeping average global temperature rise at or below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Speakers from Science Based Targets will present their report, titled 'Mind the Science,' and corporate leaders will speak about their experience with applying science-based targets. The partners of the Science Based Targets initiative are CDP, the UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).  

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ECOSOC Begins Meeting with BWIs on Post-2015, FfD [viewed]

ECOSOC20 April 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) began its annual special high-level meeting with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), with a focus on the theme of ‘Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda.' The meeting brought representatives of the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs) together with UN Member States to discuss post-2015 development and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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ISU Report: Deforestation Increasing [viewed]

tropical_forests-isuApril 2015: The Prince's Charities International Sustainability Unit (established by HRH The Prince of Wales) compiled a synthesis of the state of knowledge on tropical forests and the policies governing their management. Overall, the report, titled 'Tropical Forests – A Review,' notes that the global rate of deforestation continues to increase at an average annual rate of 200,000 hectares.

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Future of Energy Summit Explores Transformation of Utilities [viewed]

the_future_of_the_energy_summit15 April 2015: The Future of Energy Summit 2015 met under the theme ‘Opportunities for Transformation,' and covered key areas for the future of utilities, namely power generation, grids, connected homes and vehicles. Over 1000 attendees and 140 speakers participated in 45 sessions, which convened under the daily themes of: innovation; political, regulatory and business decisions; and investment.

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IRENA, MIST Find Solar PV Cost-Competitive in the UAE [viewed]

renewable_energy_prospectsApril 2015: According to a study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), renewable energy, in particular electricity from solar photovoltaics (PV), has been cost-competitive in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2014. Prepared as part of IRENA's REmap country study series, the report finds that increasing the share of renewable energy in the UAE's energy mix to 10% and electricity generation mix to 25% by 2030 could generate annual net savings of at least US$1.9 billion.

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Event: Energy Sustainability Working Group Meeting [viewed]

The second meeting of the Energy Sustainability Working Group under the Group of 20 (G20) Turkish Presidency will take place 25-26 May 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey. In relation to energy sustainability during its 2015 Presidency, Turkey is focusing on: access to reliable energy; energy investments; the reasons behind the high costs of renewable energy investment; deploying public and private resources for energy investment; the G20 Principles on Energy Collaboration; rationalizing and phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies; the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan and monitoring its implementation; improving the Joint Organisations Data Initiative; and the implementation of price reporting agencies principles to improve energy market transparency.  

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UN-REDD Moves towards Implementation [viewed]

logos_unredd_fao_gef15 April 2015: Demonstrating a shift from planning and preparation to implementation, a number of funding mechanisms, support tools and projects for REDD+ have been launched.

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Structured Expert Dialogue on 2013-2015 Review: Last Session's Report Released [viewed]

UNFCCC7 April 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report on the fourth and last session of the structured expert dialogue (SED) on the 2013-2015 review. The 2013–2015 review is carried out by the Conference of the Parties (COP) with assistance from the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which established a joint contact group. The COP established the SED in 2012 to support the work of the joint contact group and ensure the scientific integrity of the review through a focused exchange of views, information and ideas.

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Development Finance Institutions Work on Principles for Tracking Climate Finance [viewed]

world_bank_idfc3 April 2015: Over two dozen development finance institutions are working on common sets of principles that each will use for tracking climate finance. The first set for tracking mitigation finance has been agreed and similar principles for tracking adaptation finance and the ability to leverage finance will follow later this year. Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, said that common methodologies will help “build trust that climate finance is flowing.”

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