Energy

SREP Calls for Proposals that Engage the Private Sector in Low Carbon Investment [viewed]

Climate Investment Funds19 April 2013: The Program for Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP) of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) is calling for proposals from Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and pilot countries to initiate the development of concept proposals for programmes and projects to engage the private sector in the expansion of renewable energy and energy access.

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UNDP Releases Framework on Derisking Renewable Energy Investment in Developing Countries [viewed]

UNDP17 April 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a framework designed to help policy-makers select public instruments to promote investment in renewable energy in developing countries. The goal of the framework, presented in a report on “Derisking Renewable Energy Investment,” is to support transparent policy-making with quantitative comparisons of different public instruments and portfolios for derisking investments in renewable energy.

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IDB Approves US$50 Million Energy Efficiency Finance Facility [viewed]

IDB15 April 2013: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved US$50 million for the launch of the Energy Efficiency Finance Facility, which aims to finance companies investing in energy efficiency and self-supply renewable energy projects in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), by helping them to overcome financial barriers with small-scale loans to curb emissions.

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Event: Fifth Scaling up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) Pilot Country Meeting [viewed]

The fifth meeting of pilot countries participating in the Program for Scaling-up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP) will provide a platform for pilot and reserve countries to share updates on the status of their projects, last assessed in October 2012. Sessions will focus on the areas of monitoring and reporting on energy access results, project delivery, and private sector engagement. A full day will be devoted to renewable energy progress in SREP countries and participants will take part in a field visit to Villingili Island. The countries participating in SREP are: Ethiopia, Honduras, Kenya, Maldives, Mali, Liberia, Nepal and Tanzania.  

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UNEP, UNOPS Partner to Purchase Carbon Offsets [viewed]

5 April 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has requested the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to buy 50,000 certificates of emission reduction (CERs), to cover UNEP's emissions for 2010-2013. UNOPS purchased almost 14,000 additional certificates to offset its global activities in 2011. These purchases are line with the 2007 UN directive for UN agencies to move towards climate neutrality.

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IDB 2012 Sustainability Report Highlights Climate Change, Water Lending [viewed]

IDB13 March 2013: The eighth edition of the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) Sustainability Report indicates that, during the fiscal year 2012, the Bank surpassed its 2015 target of committing over one-fourth of its lending to projects dealing with climate change, sustainable energy and environmental sustainability.

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Event: 5th Biennial C40 Mayors Summit [viewed]

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is hosting this three-day summit to convene mayors from the world's largest cities with hundreds of urban and climate change leaders for a series of roundtable discussions and working sessions focused on greenhouse gas (GHG) measurements and climate adaptation. New York City Mayor and C40 Chair Michael Bloomberg and Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Parks Tau are leading the event. Started in 2005, C40 is a network of cities around the world looking to take concrete actions local actions for climate change adaptation and mitigation.  

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Peru Holds NAMAs Workshop [viewed]

15 March 2013: Peru's Environment Ministry (MINAM), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Low-Emission Capacity Building Programme, the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and Ecofys' Mitigation Momentum Project organized a technical workshop on developing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) for three sectors and roadmaps for their implementation in Peru.

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Discusses Implementation of Municipal Solid Waste Initiative [viewed]

12 March 2013: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) convened a meeting in Vancouver, Canada, to consider ways to reduce short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) emissions like black carbon, methane, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), from solid waste.

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Event: Thematic Consultation on Energy with Partners from Mexico, Central & South America and the Caribbean [viewed]

Organized and hosted by the Government of Mexico in collaboration with the UN system, this consultation, titled "Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Energy Future We Want for All," is a part of a series of regional meetings to discuss links between energy and the post-2015 development framework. It aims to facilitate dialogue with stakeholders from Latin America and the Caribbean region. The meeting will focus on the key questions of: why energy matters for the post-2015 agenda; what are the challenges/opportunities in this regard; and how energy should be effectively integrated into the post-2015 agenda? A range of issues related to energy as a part of sustainable development will be considered. In particular, the meeting focus on the four key topics of: promoting universal energy access; increasing energy efficiency; increasing the use of renewable energy; and the energy-sustainable development nexus (including cross-cutting issues such as water, food security, climate change, and gender inequalities).  

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