Energy

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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CEC Ministerial Meeting Updates Submission on Enforcement Matters Process [viewed]

11 July 2012: The Council of the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has adopted new guidelines for submissions regarding the CEC's public Submission on Enforcement Matters (SEM) process, and instructed the CEC Secretariat to undertake new initiatives, including on short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs), e-waste and clean energy.

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IIED Report Analyzes Delivery Models for Decentralized Rural Electrification [viewed]

June 2012: The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) has released a report, titled “Delivery Models for Decentralised Rural Electrification: Case Studies in Nepal, Peru and Kenya,” which uses renewable energy mini-grid projects and programmes in each of the three countries to analyze the impact of delivery models for community mini-grids on the creation of sustainable welfare benefits.

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IPEEC Launches Database of International Energy Efficiency Initiatives [viewed]

19 July 2012: The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) announced the launch of a new initiative, "Making Energy Efficiency Real" (MEER), which will map international energy efficiency initiatives. MEER will include in-depth analyses of the complementarity of the initiatives with national policies, and opportunities to increase market penetration of energy efficiency technologies in the included countries.

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Joint Investment Brings Electricity to Rural Communities in Nicaragua [viewed]

13 July 2012: Nicaragua has inaugurated a small hydropower plant to bring electricity to 3,000 people in 533 households in eight rural communities. The plant was financed and built with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Energy and Environment Partnership for Central America (EEP) and others.

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OAS Hosts Dialogue on ECPA Activities [viewed]

13 July 2012: The Organization of American States (OAS) hosted a discussion of initiatives undertaken by the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) since its launch in 2009 at the Fifth Summit of the Americas.

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