Science, Assessment & Monitoring

IEA Reports Accelerated Growth of Renewables [viewed]

IEA2 October 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) launched a report, titled ‘Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2015,' which assesses market trends for renewable energy in the electricity, transport and heating sectors. The report also identifies drivers and challenges to renewables' deployment and projects their growth through 2020. The report, launched during the G20 Energy Ministers Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, on 2 October 2015, further assesses potential impacts of enhanced policy actions under an accelerated case for renewable power.

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September 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

energy_sep_2015October 2015: During September 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Clean Investment Funds (CIF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank, among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and related plans. AfDB and IFC launched publications and reported on events.

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UNFCCC Reports on Submission and Review of Sixth National Communications, Biennial Reports [viewed]

UNFCCC30 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note outlining the status of submission and review of sixth national communications (NC6) and first biennial reports (BR1) (FCCC/SBI/2015/INF.9). At the time of the note's preparation, the Secretariat had received national communications from all 43 Annex I Parties and Kazakhstan. Twenty-six Parties submitted them before the due date of 1 January 2014, while 17 and Kazakhstan made their submissions after the due date.

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Guest Article #128: A Call for Knowledge in the Age of Big Data [viewed]

“Knowledge is power,” goes the old adage. Whether Sir Francis Bacon or Thomas Hobbes (or someone else entirely) said it first, the fact that it still holds true today – in this epoch of big data and nigh-on endless information – is illuminating. For it is not information alone that is pivotal in the course of human events, but how that information is taken up, understood, and acted upon; how that information is turned into knowledge and from knowledge to action.

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Event: 2nd Session of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will convene the 2nd session of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency to discuss best practices and financial, technical and policy barriers to improving energy efficiency in the UNECE region. The agenda includes: a workshop on best policy practices for promoting energy efficiency; the report on the implementation of the Work Plan of the Group of Experts for 2014–2015; the International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development; renewal of Mandate and Draft Work Plan of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency for 2016–2017; and key messages for the Committee on Sustainable Energy. The Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency was established to carry out concrete, results-oriented activities that enhance energy efficiency, mitigate climate change, and strengthen regional cooperation in the region.  

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New Permanent Observer Highlights Pacific Issues [viewed]

SPC logo27 September 2015: The Pacific Community, which became a Permanent Observer to the UN in December 2014, enabling it to participate in UN debates, made its first statement at the UN Sustainable Development Summit. Pacific Community Director-General Colin Tukuitonga highlighted climate change, youth, oceans and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as particularly concerning to the Pacific region. He also noted that education is a fundamental building block for sustainable development.

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Sixth US-India Energy Partnership Summit Addresses Energy Efficiency, Renewables, Finance [viewed]

india.us21 September 2015: The Sixth US-India Energy Partnership Summit convened under the theme, ‘Past Cooperation, Future Strategies and New Opportunities.' It took place following bilateral energy talks between the US and India. The Summit focused on expanding the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency, clean coal technology and accelerating clean energy finance.

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UNFCCC Reports on Assessing Risk and Vulnerability of Agricultural Systems [viewed]

UNFCCC29 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the in-session workshop on the assessment of risk and vulnerability of agricultural systems to different climate change scenarios at regional, national and local levels, including but not limited to pests and diseases, which was held on 3 June 2015, in Bonn, Germany, during the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 42). The document (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/INF.7) summarizes the workshop proceedings for further consideration by SBSTA 43 scheduled to take place during the period between 30 November to 1 December 2015, in Paris, France.

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UNFCCC Reports on Early Warning Systems and Contingency Plans for Agriculture [viewed]

UNFCCC29 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the in-session workshop on the development of early warning systems (EWS) and contingency plans in relation to extreme weather events and their effects such as desertification, drought, floods, landslides, storm surge, soil erosion, and saline water intrusion, which was held on 2 June 2015, in Bonn, Germany, during the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 42). The document (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/INF.6) summarizes the workshop proceedings for further consideration by SBSTA 43 scheduled to take place during the period between 30 November to 1 December 2015, in Paris, France.

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Bangladesh, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Seychelles, South Africa Submit INDCs [viewed]

Bangladesh, Seychelles, Georgia, Belarus, South Africa, Moldova Flags25 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Bangladesh, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Seychelles and South Africa have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 79. In addition, the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV (Measurement, Reporting and Verification) completed a training workshop on INDCs for African anglophone and lusophone countries.

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