Energy

Event: Climate Investment Funds Associated Meetings [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are co-hosting the CIF 2012 Partnership Forum, on 6-7 November 2012, as well as associated meetings. The Forum will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to contribute to deepening global understanding of the linkages between climate change and development as they have been addressed within the context of the CIF. The Forum will be preceded by Pilot Country meetings for all CIF programs (the Clean Technology Fund, the Forest Investment Program, the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience, and the Program for Scaling-Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries), from 30 October-1 November, and a Private Sector Forum, on 5 November.  

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Mexico's Sustainable Light Program Gains Guinness Book of Records Recognition [viewed]

World Bank1 August 2012: Mexico's “Sustainable Light” program has been accepted into the Guinness Book of Records for having distributed 22.9 million compact fluorescent energy-saving light bulbs.

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UNEP Announces Winners of World Environment Day Challenge [viewed]

UNEP2 August 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the five winners of the World Environment Day (WED) Challenge 2012. UNEP announced winners from Kenya, Colombia, Australia, India and Bangladesh, who will each win a fuel-efficient car.

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Naoko Ishii Takes Office as GEF CEO and Chairperson [viewed]

1 August 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) welcomed Naoko Ishii as its new CEO and Chairperson, announcing that she had taken office on 1 August 2012. The GEF Council unanimously selected Ishii to succeed Monique Barbut, who completed her second term as CEO in July 2012.

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ICSHP Reports Describe Installed and Potential Hydropower in Bhutan, Mexico and Peru [viewed]

30 July 2012: The International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) has released SHP Development Reports for Bhutan, Mexico and Peru. The reports describe hydropower capacity, electrification levels and national laws and policies on renewable energy. Each report also identifies opportunities and challenges for growth, including rural electrification.

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World Bank Report Urges Latin America and Caribbean to Combat Oil Dependency with Renewables, Energy Efficiency, Integration [viewed]

World Bank25 July 2012: The World Bank has published a report titled “Mitigating Vulnerability to High and Volatile Oil Prices: Power Sector Experience in Latin America and the Caribbean,” which concludes that Central America and the Caribbean can reduce their oil dependency through renewable energy, energy efficiency programmes, and regional energy integration.

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Event: Fourth IRENA Council Meeting [viewed]

The Council, which meets twice per year, will gather in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The event will bring together members of the Council and other IRENA Member States to discuss the work of the Council and its Administration and Finance, and Programme and Strategy Committees, among other issues. The current Members of the IRENA Council are Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Denmark, Ecuador, Eritrea, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tonga, the United Arab Emirates and the US.  

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Event: Forest Day 6: Shaping the Global Agenda for Forests and Climate [viewed]

Forest Day 6 will take place on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC. It seeks to inform UNFCCC's global agenda and forest stakeholders on ways to move forward with agreements on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) reached at COP 17 in Durban, South Africa, to produce social and environmental benefits, good governance, long-term financing and the integration of forests into adaptation strategies on the ground. Forest Day is hosted by members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and coordinated by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) on behalf of and in collaboration with other CPF members.  

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GEF SGP Funds Renewable Energy Center in Jamaica [viewed]

26 July 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has provided a US$40,000 grant for the Jamaica Maritime Institute Trust Fund (JMITF) to establish a renewable energy center in Kingston, Jamaica.

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IDFC Maps Green Finance Flows in 2011 [viewed]

July 2012: International Development Finance Club (IDFC) has published a study collating and disclosing data on green finance flows from its 19 member banks in 2011. The publication also shows how the banks use their loans and grants to raise additional funding for projects. The members of the IDFC are 19 development banks of national, sub-regional and international origin.

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