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UNEP Report: Modern District Energy Systems Key to Reducing Cities' Emissions[viewed]

A report released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) finds that transitioning to modern district energy systems could reduce primary energy consumption by up to 50%. The resulting emission reductions could amount to 60% of those required of the energy sector by 2050 to keep average temperature rise below 2°C, according to the report, titled 'District Energy in Cities: Unlocking the Potential of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.'

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ECLAC, IDB, UNDP Partner to Accelerate SE4ALL in Latin America and Caribbean[viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) have formed a partnership in support of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative in the Americas. The partners intend to create a joint work plan, capitalizing on the unique strengths of each organization to enable on-the-ground implementation of the SE4ALL goals.

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Event: Seventh Africa Carbon Forum[viewed]

The Seventh Africa Carbon Forum (ACF) will focus on finance, development and investment opportunities related to climate change and of interest to project developers and policymakers.

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Event: World Water Day 2015[viewed]

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day.

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OECD Projects 290% Increase in Freight Transport Emissions by 2050[viewed]

The International Transport Forum (ITF) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its 2015 Transport Outlook. According to the report's projections, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from freight transport will increase by 290% by 2050. The Outlook also predicts that cities in China, India and Latin America will generate 38% of the growth in passenger transport emissions.

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European Commission Launches Strategy for Energy Union with Climate Change Policy[viewed]

The European Commission has adopted a framework strategy that aims to create a resilient ‘Energy Union' with a forward-looking climate change policy. An annex action plan presents fifteen ‘action points' for the coming years, including electricity market legislation, enhanced regional cooperation, increased funding for energy efficiency and a new renewable energy package. Two related communications focus on improved electricity interconnection and a vision for a global climate agreement in Paris in December 2015.

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CDM Methodologies to be Developed for Aviation, Renewable Energy, Electrification and Household Energy Supply[viewed]

The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has confirmed that CDM project participants and coordinating/managing entities (CMEs) may wish to take on voluntary monitoring of sustainable development co-benefits of CDM project activities and programmes of activities (PoAs) in a manner determined in their own judgement.

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IRENA, SICA Workshop Advances Central America Clean Energy Corridor[viewed]

A workshop convened by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Central American Integration System (SICA) brought together regional vice-ministers, directors of energy and directors of climate change to discuss the next steps for the Central America Clean Energy Corridor initiative. The event was the first co-organized by IRENA and SICA since the partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding in May 2014.

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Workshop Explores Mainstreaming Energy SDGs in Latin America[viewed]

The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has organized a workshop for Latin American countries on integrating energy-related sustainable development goals (SDGs), targets and indicators into national statistical programmes.

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Event: Vienna Energy Forum 2015[viewed]

The Vienna Energy Forum 2015 (VEF 2015) will emphasize the multiple benefits of the post-2015 development and climate agendas and showcase the best practices and actions on the ground that can contribute to both agendas.

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