Transport

IEA Calls for Strengthening Energy Efficiency Market [viewed]

IEA8 October 2014: A market report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) confirms the role of energy efficiency as the “first fuel,” with the global energy efficiency market currently worth US$310 billion or more. Emphasizing the role of energy efficiency in climate change mitigation efforts, the report stresses that while it is becoming an established market segment, efforts to strengthen financing for energy efficiency should be strengthened. The report also finds significant potential for energy efficiency in emerging economies, in particular in the transport sector.

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ECPA Reports on Sustainable Energy Activities in LAC [viewed]

ECPA logo8 October 2014: The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) has reported on events and a project focusing on energy efficiency at national, sub-regional and regional levels, as well as on the future of energy in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region.

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UNEP, Partners Offset CBD COP 12 Emissions [viewed]

unep-cbd7 October 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with several partners, has launched an initiative aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). A dedicated ‘Carbon Offsetting Fund' will operate though 17 October, seeking to encourage conference participants, as well as the general public, to offset their emissions resulting from the event.

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World Bank Links Energy Subsidy Reform to Job Creation in MENA Region [viewed]

World Bank8 October 2014: A study by the World Bank finds evidence of a positive relationship between fuel prices, per capita gross domestic product (GDP) growth and job creation, and encourages the governments of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to cut energy subsidies in order to build dynamic, employment-intensive economies. The study, titled ‘Corrosive Subsidies,' also projects economic growth in the MENA transition countries to be hampered by macroeconomic imbalances and unfinished subsidy reform.

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UN Climate Summit Offsets Emissions [viewed]

climate-summit-201429 September 2014: As part of a commitment to make the UN system climate neutral, the UN has measured the carbon footprint of the 2014 UN Climate Summit and will offset the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions created by buying Certified Emission Reductions (CERs). An equivalent of 18,639 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) will be purchased by the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat from the Adaptation Fund, at a total offset cost of approximately US$6,000.

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AfDB Launches Green Growth Framework [viewed]

AfDB30 September 2014: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released its Green Growth Framework, which will serve as a basis for its future work on green growth. The framework, titled ‘Entry points for action for transition to Green Growth in Africa,' aims to provide Bank staff with a common understanding on the principles and practice of green growth and on entry points for engaging with member countries in transitioning towards green growth.

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OECD Highlights Environmental, Social Costs of Under-taxation [viewed]

OECD_NEW30 September 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is urging governments to cease subsidizing company cars and to phase out the tax differential that exists between diesel and petrol. Research released by OECD concludes that developed countries are causing an increase in carbon emissions, traffic congestion and air pollution by under-taxing company cars and diesel fuel, often at lower rates than wages, which tends to encourage more driving.

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Japan, India Enhance Cooperation in Sustainable Energy [viewed]

india-japan3 September 2014: An annual summit meeting between the Prime Ministers of India and Japan resulted in a joint statement, titled the ‘Tokyo Declaration for Japan-India Special Strategic and Global Partnership,' and several announcements of enhanced cooperation in programmes and projects in the areas of sustainable energy and climate change.

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Guest Article #112: Sustainable Energy for All in the Americas: Combating Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

The United Nations Initiative Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) has the goal of ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, all by 2030. These goals both work to combat climate change and provide an improved standard of living and greater opportunities for citizens.

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Event: Training Course on Climate Change Impacts and Mitigation Efforts in the Transportation Sector [viewed]

This training course will enable senior policymakers to share knowledge about the status, projections, innovations, technological advancements and available policy tools relevant to climate change mitigation in the transportation sector. The event, organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), from 23-25 September 2014, at Hiroshima University, Japan, will include learning and technical sessions, and a field visit. Participants, from the transport, infrastructure and environment ministries of selected developing Asian countries, will, inter alia: gain up-to-date knowledge on the climate change impacts of the transportation sector; understand available, mode-specific mitigation policy and technology options; and hold discussions on among policymakers involved in transportation and environment policy implementation.  

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