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UNECE Meeting Discusses Wood-Based Fuels and Fibers[viewed]

As part of the seventy-second meeting of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI), the UNECE held a 'Market Discussion,' that focused on projected developments for 2015 in the forest sector and related markets.

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PAGE Study Illustrates Senegal's Green Economy Potential[viewed]

Transitioning to a green economy in Senegal could help lift half a million people out of poverty, create 300,000 jobs and improve environmental outcomes, according to a Green Economy Scoping Study. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) presented the report at an event to launch the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) in Senegal, marking the country's admission into the PAGE initiative.

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IRENA Publishes Oman Renewables Readiness Assessment[viewed]

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) for Oman. The report examines the state of renewable energy in the country, identifies barriers to renewables deployment and suggests a series of five actions that could help Oman overcome those barriers. The report takes into account the current economic situation, policies in place and the Government's own goals and plans.

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IEA Maps Multilateral Low-Carbon Energy Technology Initiatives[viewed]

Noting the remarkable growth in new and expanded multilateral initiatives focused on developing and deploying low-carbon energy technologies, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has created a basic analytical framework for systematically mapping these initiatives and their component parts. It lays out the framework and applies it to an indicative list of such initiatives in its report 'Mapping Multilateral Collaboration on Low-Carbon Energy Technologies'.

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UNEP Emissions Gap Report Highlights Role of Renewables, Energy Efficiency[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched the fifth edition of its Emissions Gap Report, which draws on the research of the world's main atmospheric science, climate change and policy centers to present a unified message on the world's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, present and future, using shared indicators. This year's report finds that, under current trends and commitments, an additional gap of 14-17 gigatons of CO2-equivalent (Gt CO2-e) will need to be closed in 2030, if the world is to stay within the 2°C warming limit.

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Solar Light Library Loans Pico-PV Lanterns to Rural Senegalese Schoolchildren[viewed]

The World Bank Group's 'Lighting Africa' initiative has funded an innovative library of solar lights, benefiting 55,000 rural Senegalese. The Light Library is stocked with 4,798 solar lanterns, which are available for use by 6,115 students and their families.

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ARGeo - C5 Promotes Geothermal in East Africa, Launches Regional Database[viewed]

East African countries assembled for the Fifth African Rift Valley Geothermal Conference (ARGeo - C5), sharing their experiences in geothermal development, from reservoir engineering, drilling and geographical information systems to business development and financing. During the conference, the African Rift Geothermal Inventory Database (AGID) was launched to serve as an information repository for ongoing geothermal projects in the region.

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UNU-INWEH, IAC Report Frames Water-Energy Nexus Against Arab Spring[viewed]

The UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) released the report ‘Global Agenda 2013: Water, Energy, and the Arab Awakening,' which examines water resource conflicts in the context of the Arab Spring.

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IWMI Launches Book on Developing Water-Related SDGs[viewed]

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) released the book ‘On Target for People and Planet: Setting and Achieving Water-Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),' which highlights that framing water-related SDGs in a water security context provides a more comprehensive framework than the human-needs approach of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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First Geothermal Dialogue Explores Scaling-up Finance[viewed]

Countries developing geothermal projects, donor countries, project developers, financiers, multilateral development banks and other geothermal energy stakeholders have gathered for the First Geothermal Dialogue. Topics included exploration and financing as bottlenecks to geothermal development, and gaps in early stage risk capital and late-stage refinancing in domestic capital markets.

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