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December 2014 Climate Finance Update[viewed]

During December 2014, finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects was announced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank. Germany, Norway and the UK also reported on funding for projects to be undertaken in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) released its annual report, and publications on REDD+, climate finance and climate change awareness were produced by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), GEF, and IDB, respectively.

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IEA Reviews US Energy Policies[viewed]

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its 'Energy Policies of IEA Countries: The United States 2014 Review.' The report reviews the oil and gas boom in the US, developments in the national energy policy framework, and efforts toward sustainability in the energy system and stability in the electricity sector.

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ESCAP Reviews 5P Project in Lao PDR[viewed]

Over 30 business leaders from 19 countries, policy makers, international organizations, Lao PDR private sector representatives and donor agencies gathered to discuss progress under the Pro-Poor Public-Private Partnership (5P) project being piloted in Lao PDR. The workshop, '5P: Scaling-Up Off-Grid Rural Electrification in Lao PDR,' resulted in a redefinition of rural electrification goals and recommendations on market expansion and enterprise development through venture capital.

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Volume II of US-German Clean Energy Leadership Series Released[viewed]

Ecofys and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) have published the second volume of the US-German Clean Energy Leadership Series. Volume II focuses on the theme 'Public Engagement in the Clean Energy Transition' and compiles best practices from the US and Germany of directly involving the public in clean energy policies, influencing consumer spending decisions, driving development through personal investments, and various other aspects of community engagement in the energy sector.

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EEA: Focus Energy Policies to Spur Innovation[viewed]

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report compiling the 582 energy support measures of member States that were in place in 2012 and their probable effects on energy innovation. The report, titled 'Energy Support Measures and Their Impact on Innovation in the Renewable Energy Sector in Europe,' finds that 41% of these measures are associated with renewable energy, while 53% are associated with fossil fuels. EEA reports that a higher carbon price could drive innovation, as it revealed a correlation between higher taxes on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and a higher rate of renewable energy technology patent applications.

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CEM Study: Increased Profits from Reduced Energy Use in Mining[viewed]

New Gold's New Afton Mine in British Columbia, Canada, is anticipating nine gigawatt-hours (GWh) of energy savings in 2014, after becoming the first North American mine to achieve certification to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 50001 energy management system standard. The project is highlighted in a case study from the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Energy Management Working Group, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM).

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IGES Launches Project on Implementing the SDGs[viewed]

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) announced the launch of a project, ‘From Aspiration to Action,' addressing implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project seeks to examine barriers to and enablers for the successful implementation of the goals and targets, and recommend essential means of implementation (MOI) to put them into action "through active engagement with various stakeholders and partners." The project issued a commentary on 12 December on the UN Secretary-General's synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda, ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030.'

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Global Wind Industry Campaign Calls for Price on Carbon[viewed]

An initiative launched by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) aims to raise awareness about wind energy's current and potential contribution to climate change mitigation and economic growth. The campaign, dubbed 'Solution Wind,' was announced at the Lima Climate Change Conference and will be carried out over the 12 months leading up to the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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TERI to Install Solar Micro-Grids in Rural India[viewed]

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and India's Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing an innovative techno-institutional model of implementing decentralized solar micro-grids to provide clean electricity to approximately 1,400 households in select energy-deficient villages in the Indian states of Jharkhand and Odisha.

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Global Electricity Initiative Report: Price Carbon, Energy Access for All by 2030[viewed]

The Global Electricity Initiative (GEI) has published a report identifying potential, yet untapped, opportunities for electricity utilities to contribute to achieving a low-carbon economy. GEI's 2014 Report, released during the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in December 2014, underscores the importance of a joint adaptation and mitigation approach, new energy storage technologies, stable policies and a carbon price in order to provide universal access to electricity while reducing emissions.

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