Energy

Caribbean Growth Forum Launched [viewed]

19 June 2012: The Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF) was launched as a platform for dialogue about increasing growth and opportunities for all in the Caribbean. CGF is a one-year initiative aimed to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and ideas on policies to stimulate sustainable and inclusive growth, and to create jobs.

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IDB Supports Renewable Energy and Efficiency in Barbados [viewed]

IDB28 June 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has provided Barbados with a US$17 million loan to support its Public Sector Smart Energy program, which will be co-financed by a €5.8 million EU grant.

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IDB Finances Renewable Energy Expansion in Costa Rica [viewed]

IDB26 June 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a loan of US$250 million to finance the development of Costa Rica's electricity sector through renewable resources.

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ESMAP Holds Workshop on Concentrated Solar Power for Developing Countries [viewed]

27 June 2012: During the World Renewable Energy Forum held in Denver, Colorado, from 12-17 May 2012, the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank convened a workshop and tours on concentrated solar power (CSP), titled “Meeting the Dual Goal of Energy Access and Sustainability—CSP Deployment in Developing Countries.”

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DESA Releases Road Map to Green Economy in Carriacou, Petite Martinique [viewed]

29 June 2012: The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has begun a project on designing green economies in small island developing States (SIDS). The Division, along with the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, and the Ministry of Environment, Foreign Trade and Export Development of Grenada released a study titled “Road Map on Building a Green Economy for Sustainable Development in Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Grenada."

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Event: 43rd Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. In addition to the 43rd meeting of the GEF Council, from 13-15 November, a consultation with NGOs will take place on 12 November and the 13th meeting of the LDCF/SCCF Council will convene on 15 November.  

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Event: GEF 44th Council Meeting [viewed]

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. Among other matters, the 44th session of the Council is expected to discuss the GEF's role vis-à-vis the global mercury agreement. A consulation with CSOs will take place on 17 June.  

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IFC Finds Untapped Market Exists for Improving Energy Services for the Poor [viewed]

27 June 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has published its findings on improving energy services for impoverished communities by means of private sector support, in a report titled "From Gap to Opportunity: Business Models for Scaling Up Energy Access."

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World Bank to Double Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects [viewed]

World Bank21 June 2012: During the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the World Bank announced a plan to double support in developing countries for expanded electricity access and more renewable energy initiatives.

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CAF and Brazil Sign Regional Agreement on Renewable Energy Innovation [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) and Brazil's Financier of Studies and Projects (FINEP) signed an agreement to formally launch the Regional Initiative for Technological Innovation in the Renewable Energy Sector.

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