Energy

OLADE Meeting Examines Climate Vulnerability of Central American Hydropower Production [viewed]

17 October 2012: The Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) conducted a workshop for Central America looking at the vulnerability of the region's hydropower plants to the impacts of climate change.

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Event: 20th Energy and Environment Partnership with Central America Regional Forum on Renewable Energies [viewed]

The 20th Energy and Environment Partnership with Central America (EEP) Forum is organized by Nicaragua's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARENA) and Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) together with the General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SG-SICA) and the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD). This Forum will particularly look at bioenergy, particularly biogas from agricultural waste and the rational use of firewood, as well as the use of clean energy sources to make homes and businesses energy self-sufficient. On the second day the Forum will feature a discussion by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) about financial barriers and opportunities for renewable energy projects in Central America, as well as a field visit to a Nicaraguan renewable energy project.  

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IDB Loan to Costa Rican Hydropower Project Features Habitat Offsets [viewed]

IDB19 October 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved US$200 million in financing for Central America's largest renewable energy project, the construction of a 305.5 megawatts (MW) hydroelectric plant in Costa Rica's Limon Province.

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Event: First session of UNCTAD Forum on Trade and the Green Economy [viewed]

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has created this Forum to assist in resolving conflicts related to government environmental measures and trade rules before they progress to more formal dispute-settlement mechanisms, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Forum will consist a panel of experts format where delegates, trade officials and other experts will discuss relevant issues and suggest solutions. It is anticipated that the Forum will be scheduled twice a year. The first session will be held in December 2012 under the auspices of UNCTAD.  

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ESMAP Report Outlines Global and National-Level Policy Lessons for Low-Carbon Development [viewed]

October 2012: According to a report from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank, countries seeking to balance economic growth with carbon reduction can achieve both. The report details case studies on low-carbon development in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland and South Africa.

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Caribbean Energy Specialists Discuss Potential for Interconnected Energy Supply [viewed]

16 October 2012: Caribbean energy experts met in advance of the annual Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF), convening from 15-17 October, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Organized by the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States, the meeting considered alternatives for electricity interconnections in the Caribbean Region.

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WMO, IGAC Release Report on Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate [viewed]

16 October 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project have released a report, titled “Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate.” The report provides an initial assessment of available information on air pollution and climate impacts in megacities globally.

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IMO's Environment Committee Considers Energy Efficiency, Ballast Water Management and Ship Recycling [viewed]

IMO9 October 2012: The 64th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) addressed issues related to energy efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling. The session also led to the establishment of a new Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) in the Saba Bank, in the north-eastern Caribbean area of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Outlines "What is Being Done" on Climate Change [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary8 October 2012: Delivering a lecture titled “Is anything being done on climate change?” at the Central Bank of Barbados in Bridgetown, Barbados, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, conveyed three messages, namely that: climate change is happening; the world is doing something about it, "not enough, but we are walking in the right direction;" and much more can be done at the national level.

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EcoMicro to Support Four Latin American Microfinance Institutions [viewed]

EcoMicro4 October 2012: EcoMicro, a technical assistance programme co-financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, announced it will help four microfinance institutions (MFIs) from Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru to develop "green" financial products that promote clean energy and energy efficiency, and reduce the vulnerability of their portfolios to climate change impacts.

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