Energy

CDM Loan Scheme Issues First Loan Authorizations [viewed]

12 September 2012: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Loan Scheme has issued its first loan authorization, authorizing the provision of more than US$3 million towards 23 CDM projects.

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IRENA Releases Renewable Energy Profiles for SIDS and the Caribbean [viewed]

IRENASeptember 2012: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a special edition of the “IRENA Renewable Energy Country Profiles for the Caribbean,” as well as the “IRENA Renewable Energy Country Profiles Special Edition on Islands,” which summarize the state of renewable energy in these areas.

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Event: CLIMATE 2012 / KLIMA 2012 [viewed]

CLIMATE 2012 / KLIMA 2012 is being organized by the Research and Transfer Centre of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and will consider the themes "Climate Change, Island States and Sustainable Technologies". The conference will introduce the latest scientific findings and technological developments related to climate change, and examine their links with renewable energy in small island nations. The patron of the 2012 worldwide online climate conference is Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Secretary General of the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) Group of States Secretariat. Partners include UNEP, WMO, OSS, UNESCO, SIDSnet, AOSIS, and IDRC. CLIMATE 2012 / KLIMA 2012 is also organized as part of the project "Small Developing Island Renewable Energy Knowledge and Technology Transfer Network" (DIREKT), funded by the ACP Science and Technology Programme, an EU programme for cooperation between the European Union and the ACP region (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific). DIREKT is a cooperation scheme involving universities from Germany, Fiji, Mauritius, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago with the aim of strengthening the science and technology capacity in the field of renewable energy of a sample of ACP small island developing states, by means of technology transfer, information exchange and networking.  

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Sixth World Urban Forum Concludes with Calls for Sustainable Urbanization [viewed]

6 September 2012: The Sixth World Urban Forum, organized by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) in collaboration with the Government of Italy, the Campania Region, and the Province and City of Naples, convened from 2-6 September 2012, in Naples, Italy. The Forum addressed the theme "The Urban Future," and featured six thematic dialogues, including one on environment, urban mobility and energy.

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ILO Green Jobs Programme Supports Training in Haiti [viewed]

ILO31 August 2012: The International Labour Organization (ILO) is sponsoring efforts to help people in Haiti transition from livelihoods that degrade the environment to "green jobs" that restore it, following the 2010 earthquake in the country. Project outcomes are expected to address food insecurity, create jobs and restore the environment.

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Event: GEOLAC 2012 [viewed]

Hosted by Costa Rica's Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINEAT), with support from the Organization of American States (OAS), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Latin American Development Bank (CAF), Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE), the Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) and others, the first-ever Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC 2012) will gather regional stakeholders to debate, analyze and explore the future of geothermal development in the region.  

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IDB Funds Wind Farm in Oaxaca, Mexico [viewed]

IDB29 August 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a US$76 million loan to support the construction of Bii Nee Stipa II, a 74-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Oaxaca, Mexico. The project is situated in a region with winds throughout the year, and will diversify Mexico's installed electricity generation capacity, which at present is 75% derived from fossil fuels.

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Event: Second Dialogue on Financing Low Carbon Electricity in Latin America [viewed]

This event, organized by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), intends to build on the First Dialogue held in August 2011 to promote debate and share perspectives and experiences in investment policies and regulatory frameworks for electricity generation projects with low-carbon emissions.  

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REEEP Calls for Clean Energy Projects with Growth Potential [viewed]

23 August 2012: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has released a Call for Proposals for its ninth programme cycle, focusing specifically on projects with large potential for clean energy growth. As the maximum amount of funding per project is limited to €150,000, REEEP will give preference to projects that can provide proof of co-funding from other sources.

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World Bank Supports City Energy Assessment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil [viewed]

World Bank21 August 2012: The World Bank and the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, are working to implement the Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy (TRACE), which has been developed by the Bank's Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP). TRACE is designed to help cities identify energy efficiency opportunities by assessing six sectors: transportation, public lighting, buildings, power and heat, waste, and water and wastewater.

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