Project

The launch or implementation of a project related to climate change mitigation or adaptation.

Caribbean Energy Security Summit Commits to Energy Transition [viewed]

caribbean-summit26 January 2015: Twenty-six countries, together with seven regional and international organizations, have released a joint statement in support of the transformation of the energy systems of Caribbean countries. The signatories of the statement, signed during the Caribbean Energy Security Summit, commit to pursuing comprehensive approaches to an energy transition toward “clean sustainable energy for all” and reforms that support the creation of favorable policy and regulatory environments for sustainable energy.

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SE4ALL Launches African Energy Leaders Group [viewed]

SE4ALL23 January 2015: In an effort to drive the necessary reforms to provide energy services to the 625 million people currently lacking electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative has drawn together high-level political and economic leaders from the continent to form an African Energy Leaders Group (AELG). The AELG will promote policy reforms to create an inviting investment environment, foster public-private partnerships and advocate for renewable energy.

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IRENA, ADFD Announce Project Loans for Renewable Energy in Rural Communities [viewed]

IRENA18 January 2015: The International Renewable Energy Agency and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (IRENA/ADFD) Project Facility have announced US$57 million in concessional loans for renewable energy projects in developing countries around the world. The joint facility promotes renewable energy as a focus for foreign development assistance with long-term sustainable development benefits.

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US, India to Enhance Cooperation on Climate, Clean Energy [viewed]

india.us25 January 2015: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama have announced joint measures to boost clean energy in India and international climate action. The two sides announced their plan to cooperate together and with other countries over the next year to conclude an “ambitious” climate agreement at the Paris Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place in December 2015.

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IRENA Launches Online Knowledge Hub 'REsource' [viewed]

irenaa5.119 January 2015: REsource, a free, online information hub launched by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), allows users to easily access the latest renewable energy statistics, country-specific data and market information. IRENA has designed REsource with functions for customizing graphs and tables, comparing renewables use and deployment metrics across countries, and monitoring and analyzing trends.

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Al Gore Receives ZFEP Lifetime Achievement Award [viewed]

Zayed Future19 January 2015: Former US Vice President Al Gore has received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) for his “personal and political commitment to raise international awareness about the dangers of climate change, while reinforcing optimism that the global community can and will successfully tackle the challenge.” His Highness General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, presented Gore with the award during a ceremony held during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015.

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Thailand Submits NAMA [viewed]

Thailand Flag19 January 2015: A communication from the Government of Thailand on its Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) explains that the country will voluntarily attempt to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the energy and transportation sectors by 7-20% below business-as-usual (BAU) levels by 2020.

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World Bank Investments to Fuel Largest Solar Project in Central America [viewed]

World Bank-IFC-CIF13 January 2015: The World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have announced financing to help SunEdison build the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) development in Central America to date. A total investment of US$146 million will support the construction of 81.7 megawatts (MW) of solar PV in Honduras.

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2015 Designated International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies [viewed]

IYL-2015January 2015: On 20 December 2013, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) designated 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015) in order to raise awareness of light science and how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to challenges related to energy, education, agriculture and health.

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Guest Article #1: Energy Efficiency: A Field of Opportunity for the G20 [viewed]

For the very first time the G20 Heads of State have called for more international collaboration on energy efficiency. Why is the call so timely and relevant, and why is the G20 showing a strong interest in energy efficiency – this “hidden fuel” of the energy mix – at this point in time?

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