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Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries Endorses SE4All Decade[viewed]

The Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) underscored the importance of energy in the post-2015 development agenda and endorsed the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) following its first ministerial meeting on energy. In the launch statement, ministers decided to encourage sustainable and inclusive development of the energy sector in the CPLP countries in order to enhance energy security and guarantee a minimum level of access to sustainable energy services in the entire community.

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CEM's Global Sustainable Cities Network Focuses on Energy Efficiency[viewed]

The Global Sustainable Cities Network (GSCN), an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), held its third session in France. The session combined site visits, conferences and workshops to showcase city initiatives on urban sustainability, energy efficiency and waste management.

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Lancet Commission: Tackling Climate Change the Greatest Health Opportunity[viewed]

The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change, formed to outline the impacts of climate change and the necessary policy responses to ensure the highest attainable health standards worldwide, has published a report titled ‘Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health,' identifying key messages and recommendations to accelerate action in the next five years.

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US, China Cooperate on CCS, Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy[viewed]

The US and China have announced cooperation on two new carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects as part of ongoing climate change cooperation being undertaken by the US-China Climate Change Working Group (CCWG). The two projects and a number of other plans for further cooperation on climate change mitigation were announced during a series of high-level climate change events held between the two Governments in Washington DC, US, on 22-23 June 2015.

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EU Sustainable Energy Week Celebrates Clean and Efficient Energy Systems[viewed]

With over 2,700 participants, more than 670 Sustainable Energy Days and side events Europe-wide, and a policy conference, EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015 highlighted the need for efficient use of energy, expansion of renewable energy and, in the words of International Energy Agency (IEA) Chief Economist Fatih Birol, "a peaceful divorce between economic growth and emissions."

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World Bank, IEA Rank Asia as Top Sustainable Energy Performer[viewed]

The World Bank and the International Energy Agency (IEA) published the second edition of the ‘Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework,' which evaluates global progress toward the three goals of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The report, which focuses on the years 2010-2012, finds that Asia was the best performing region, accounting for approximately 60% of the global progress on energy access and clean energy objectives.

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EU to Meet 20% Renewable Energy Target by 2020[viewed]

A progress report published by the European Commission finds that the EU is on track to meet its 2020 target of achieving a 20% share of renewable energy in the overall energy supply. According to the report, 25 EU countries are anticipated to meet their 2013/2014 interim renewable energy targets and the share of renewable energy in 2014 gross final energy consumption is projected at 15.3%.

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Event: General Debate of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70)[viewed]

The General Debate of the 70th Session of the General Assembly will take place from 28 September - 6 October 2015.

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Event: Eye on Earth Summit 2015[viewed]

The Eye on Earth Summit 2015 will seek to better understand the supply and demand of data necessary to secure the future of our planet.

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EC Refers Greece to Court of Justice over Energy Efficiency Directive[viewed]

The European Commission (EC) has referred Greece to the EU Court of Justice for failing to transpose the Energy Efficiency Directive, under which certain energy savings targets must be met during the period between 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020. EU member States must achieve these targets by using energy efficiency obligations schemes or other policy measures to drive energy efficiency improvements in households, buildings, industry and transport.

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