Energy

MDBs Report on Climate Finance Provided in 2013 [viewed]

AfDB - IDB - EIB - ADB - World Bank Group19 September 2014: The third edition of the Joint MDB Report on Climate Finance 2013 has been expanded to include a better sectoral breakdown, and divisions by public and private operations. Since 2011, multilateral development banks (MDBs) have provided over US$75 billion in climate finance to developing and emerging economies, while, in 2013, they provided US$23.8 billion to address climate change, with 80%, or US$18.9 billion, dedicated to mitigation and 20%, or US$4.8 billion, going to adaptation.

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ICRAF, Embrapa Strengthen Cooperation on Alternative Biofuel Crops [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)16 September 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) have signed a cooperation agreement that builds on the relationship between the two institutions. Ravi Prabhu, ICRAF Deputy Director General for Research, said the agreement expands possibilities for collaboration between ICRAF and Embrapa not just within Brazil, but also in other regions where both institutions have active programmes, such as Central America, the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa.

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Latin American Regional Programme on Energy Efficiency Launched [viewed]

caf-eclac-aladi12 September 2014: Representatives from several international organizations and Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Governments officially launch a Regional Energy Efficiency Programme. The new Programme aims at producing a market and coherent pipeline for energy efficiency (EE) projects in LAC on both the supply and demand sides.

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IRENA Projects Future Bioenergy Demand [viewed]

IRENASeptember 2014: A working paper published in the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) ‘REmap 2030' series suggests that, over the next decade and a half, global biomass use could double from current levels and account for 20% of total primary energy supply (TPES) and 60% of final renewable energy use, if all technology options it examines are deployed.

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LAC Workshop Calls for Increased Biogas Production from Family Agriculture [viewed]

unido-iica-olade-iea28 August 2014: Specialists from 16 Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries attended a workshop on how the production of biogas from the family agricultural sector can reduce the sector's waste production, water contamination and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while providing a renewable energy source for rural areas.

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Event: V Political Dialogue on Energy Efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

Peru's Ministry of Energy and Mines (Minem) and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), with support from German Cooperation (GIZ), are co-organizing the fifth regional political dialogue on energy efficiency around the theme 'Energy Efficiency Markets'. Held annually since 2010, the Dialogues seek to foster political interchange on consolidating horizontal and international cooperation on energy efficiency in the region, as well as to identify best practice in the design of policies on rational and sustainable energy use.  

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Event: Third Workshop of the LEDS-LAC Regional Platform [viewed]

Chile's Environment Ministry and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) are co-hosting the Third Workshop of the Latin American Regional Platform on Low Emission Strategies (LEDS-LAC) of the Global Alliance on Development Strategies Low in Emissions (LEDS Global Partnership) under the theme 'From Planning to Implementation'. The Workshop will provide a forum for officials from Latin American governments and international organizations as well as technical experts and other stakeholders in the region to share experiences and best practices, participate in training, establish collaborative links and work, and discuss innovative ways to achieve low-carbon development that is also resilient to the impacts of climate change. It also will seek to construct a shared vision, find synergies with other regional initiatives and discuss the priorities, services and collaborative activities the Regional Platform should address in its 2015 work plan.  

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MDBs Pledge to Enhance Climate Finance Action [viewed]

afd adb eb eib idb wb11 September 2014: In a joint statement issued in the run-up to the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, which is taking place on 23 September in New York, US, key multilateral development banks (MDBs) have affirmed their commitment to reinforce and further develop climate financing by maintaining a strong institutional focus on climate change. Since 2011, the six MDBs behind the statement have delivered close to US$75 billion in climate financing, of which approximately 20% has been in support of adaptation.

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Latin American and Caribbean Forum Discusses Future of Carbon Markets [viewed]

Latinamericanforum5 September 2014: The eighth Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) brought together businesses, governments and other stakeholders to exchange information on the latest developments in emissions trading schemes (ETS), low-emission development and the future of the carbon markets. Participants addressed, inter alia: climate change adaptation and mitigation opportunities at multiple levels; and climate finance and policy options, including carbon pricing and the role of the public and private sectors in concerted climate action.

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IRENA Examines Renewable Energy Deployment in Islands [viewed]

IRENA2 September 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched two publications examining the deployment and benefits of renewable energy in island economies. ‘A Path to Prosperity: Renewable Energy Islands' presents case studies that illustrate innovative solutions and partnerships for advancing renewable energy deployment in small island developing States (SIDS). ‘Renewable Energy Opportunities for Island Tourism' analyzes four renewable energy technologies, and confirms that their use can significantly increase the competitiveness of the tourism sector on islands.

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