Energy

IDB, Bloomberg Rank Latin American Countries' Low-Carbon Investment Environments [viewed]

IDB18 June 2012: The Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance created the Climatescope, the first annual report, index, and interactive web tool aimed at scoring the clean energy market in Latin America and the Caribbean. This tool was released during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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IDB Invests in Energy Reform in Haiti [viewed]

IDB14 June 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced a $12 million grant to support Haiti's reforms to modernize its energy sector and increase the availability, efficiency and affordability of energy. 

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World Bank, Rio de Janeiro Launch Low Carbon City Development Program [viewed]

World Bank18 June 2012: On the occasion of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the city of Rio de Janeiro and the World Bank launched the Low Carbon City Development Program.

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ESMAP Reports Highlights Geothermal Energy's Competitiveness in Central America [viewed]

June 2012: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank has published a report titled "Drilling Down on Geothermal Potential: An Assessment for Central America," which analyzes the potential of geothermal energy for electric power generation in Central America, addresses the main barriers to its development, and provides region- and country-specific policy recommendations.

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Event: Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development [viewed]

This side event will be held during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and will focus on renewable energy for sustainable development, biogas, hydro-energy and biofuels. It will also include the launch of the International Center of Renewable Energy Biogas, in the framework of the Observatory for Renewable Energy for Latin America and the Caribbean. The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will also address the potentials of sustainable energy solutions in contributing to employment creation and poverty alleviation. The event is being organized by the Federations of Industries of São Paulo (SFIESP) and Rio de Janeiro (FIRJAN) states, UNIDO, Eletrobras, ITAIPU Binacional, Brazilian Ministry of Energy, Roberto Marinho Foundation, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA), and Rio City Hall.  

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Event: Do We Need a Green Industrial Policy? [viewed]

This side event will be held during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and is being organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in cooperation with the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the World Bank, the German Development Institute, and the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade. It will focus on industrial policy for greening growth, and aims to identify policies that would help industry make the transition to a more environmentally friendly path, including by improving industrial energy efficiency. The event will also include a presentation of UNIDO's 2011 Industrial Development Report, titled “Industrial Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Wealth Creation.”  

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Event: IRENA Global Atlas Event: Mapping the World's Renewable Energy Resources [viewed]

This side event is being organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Global Atlas is an interactive internet-based mapping platform, designed to raise awareness on technology opportunities, limit the financial risk for countries willing to further investigate their technical potentials, and support companies willing to invest in a new market. Ministers and vice-ministers from Brazil, Denmark, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa and representatives from industry will provide their visions on the added-value of international cooperation on mapping the world's renewable energy resources. During the event, IRENA will sign a partnership agreement with the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), which will faciliate future joint activities in Latin America and the Caribbean.  

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UNCTAD's "Road to Rio" Highlights Innovative Approaches to Conservation [viewed]

June 2012: The third issue of "The Road to Rio+20: For a Development-led Economy" published by the UN Conference on Trade and Environment (UNCTAD) contains two articles on experiences with innovative approaches to biodiversity conservation in Latin America: the Yasuni-ITT Initiative in Ecuador; and the Mesoamerican Corridor in Mexico.

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IRENA Newsletter Reports on Accelerating Renewables Deployment, New IRENA Members [viewed]

IRENAJune 2012: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), has published the fourth issue of its newsletter. In the forward, Adnan Amin, IRENA Director-General, observes that the organization has shifted focus from legal and institutional issues to a more substantive programme implementation and strategic direction. 

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UN Champions of the Earth Announced [viewed]

UNEP4 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the six winners of this year's UN Champions of the Earth prize, which recognizes visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science, entrepreneurship and civil society action.

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