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Civil Society Calls for Ambitious Targets and Indicators for SDG on Energy[viewed]

A policy brief representing the views of 28 civil society organizations (CSOs), companies and umbrella organizations outlines targets and indicators to support the proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on energy. Produced by Practical Action, Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the brief calls for robust indicators and clear milestones.

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IEA-sponsored Workshop Explores Sustainable Urban Energy Systems[viewed]

17 March 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Efficient District Heating and Cooling (DHC) Working Group have co-hosted a Sustainable Urban Energy Systems Workshop, focused on the creation of a more sustainable, flexible and integrated energy system.

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G20 Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group Holds Inaugural Meeting[viewed]

The Group of 20 (G20) Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group (EEFTG) held its first working session, which focused on enhancing understanding of the participating economies' challenges in increasing flows of energy efficiency finance and on potential opportunities for international cooperation in this area. The Task Group, coordinated by the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), was among the six work streams announced at the G20 Leaders' Summit in November 2014.

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UN Urges Improved Water Governance and Action on World Water Day[viewed]

On World Water Day, UN leaders and others called for urgent cooperation to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The 2015 World Water Development Report (WWDR), which the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched for the Day, recommends a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water, which the report says would contribute to poverty alleviation and improvements in the environment, health and food and energy production.

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GGKP Conference Explores Fiscal Measures for Green Economy Transitions[viewed]

Participants explored fiscal measures for climate change mitigation and adaptation, environmental taxes in developing countries, sustainable water management, green fiscal reform and incentives for clean energy investments, among other topics at the Green Growth Knowledge Platform's (GGKP) third annual conference. The conference report, ‘Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge, Creating Impact,' highlights key messages and provides an overview of the sessions.

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Event: Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF)[viewed]

The first meeting of the MEF in 2015 is tentatively scheduled for 19-20 April 2015.

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IEA: Global Energy Emissions Decoupled from Economic Growth in 2014[viewed]

According to data from the International Energy Agency (IEA), global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions remained at 2013 levels in 2014 while the global economy grew by 3%. The agency attributes the decoupling of emissions from economic growth to efforts mitigate climate change in China and countries of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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SE4ALL CEO Announces Departure[viewed]

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative has submitted his resignation to the members of the SE4ALL Advisory Board. Kandeh Yumkella, SE4ALL CEO since July 2013, stated in a letter to the Advisory Board that, while not an easy decision, he believes it is time to "go home to serve [his] people in Sierra Leone."

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UNIDO, GEF, IIASA Project to Identify Sustainability Solutions[viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) announced the launch of Nexus Solutions for Sustainability, a project to identify integrated solutions to energy, water, food and ecosystem security.

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UNIDO, ECREEE Workshop Promotes Mini-Grids for Rural Electrification in West Africa[viewed]

During a workshop focused on developing renewable energy in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region, representatives from the private sector and rural electrification agencies learned how to plan, install and maintain renewable energy based mini-grids. Participants at the 'Hands-on Training on Renewable Energy (Hybrid) Mini-Grid Systems for Rural Electrification in West Africa' examined a range of technologies and financial schemes that could be used to scale up renewable energy mini-grids in ECOWAS member States.

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