Northern America

IEA Study Evaluates Economic Instruments for Energy Efficiency in Buildings [viewed]

IEA29 January 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has issued a report that evaluates the effectiveness of taxes, loans and grants, public procurement and other “economic instruments” in enhancing energy efficiency in the building sector.

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OECD Reports Examine Energy Taxation and Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Efforts [viewed]

OECD28 January 2013: The Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has highlighted the findings of two new OECD reports: "Taxing Energy Use" and "Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013."

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Global LEAP Awards Outstanding Off-grid Solar Lighting Products [viewed]

19 December 2012: The Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) has announced the laureates of the Lighting Global Outstanding Product Awards, which recognizes sustainable off-grid solar lighting products for people without access to electricity in developing countries.

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CEC Assesses the Comparability of GHG and Black Carbon Emissions Reporting in North America [viewed]

10 December 2012: A report by the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) finds challenges in using current national and subnational reporting regime data to estimate the potential impact of greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction measures and coordinate climate change policy in North America.

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IEA Predicts Coal to Nearly Overtake Oil as Top Energy Source by 2017 [viewed]

IEA17 December 2012: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) newly released Medium-Term Coal Market Report (MCMR) predicts that coal will come close to overtaking oil as the world's top energy source by 2017. The report expects rising coal use in every region of the world, except the United States, where cheap and abundant shale gas is displacing coal.

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Event: CBD SBSTTA 18 [viewed]

At its eighteenth meeting, the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is expected to address, among others, issues related to marine and coastal biodiversity, biodiversity and climate change, and the relationship with IPBES.  

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UN Secretary-General Re-occupies Renovated, Eco-Friendly Offices [viewed]

17 December 2012: The UN has announced that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has re-occupied his usual office in the Secretariat's Headquarters building in New York, US, which is being renovated to improve its environmental performance. 

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North American MGS Consultation Develops Key Messages for UNEP GC/GMEF [viewed]

UNEP13 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for North America (RONA) organized the North American Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) Consultation, in preparation for the 14th UNEP Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF) and the 27th Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF).

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UNEP FI Newsletter Spotlights Post-Rio+20 Financing [viewed]

12 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has released the December edition of its newsletter, spotlighting the launch event in London, UK, for its publication "Tomorrow's Capital Markets," which addresses new incentives structures for sustainable development, and a roundtable on sustainable finance held in Bensberg, Germany.

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FAO Infosylva Highlights Brazils' Low Deforestation Rate in the Amazon [viewed]

FAODecember 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 22nd edition of its 2012 Infosylva newsletter, which highlights the lowest rates of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon since records began in 1988.

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