Climate Change

December 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

Climate Finance Update19 December 2014: During December 2014, finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects was announced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the 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), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the GEF and IDB released climate-related publications.

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IEA Reviews US Energy Policies [viewed]

IEA18 December 2014: 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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CEM Study: Increased Profits from Reduced Energy Use in Mining [viewed]

Clean Energy Ministerial15 December 2014: 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]

iges-new12 December 2014: The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) has announced the launch of a project, titled ‘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 to recommend essential means of implementation (MOI) to put them into action "through active engagement with various stakeholders and partners."

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

solutionwind11 December 2014: 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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Global Electricity Initiative Report: Price Carbon, Energy Access for All by 2030 [viewed]

world-energy-council9 December 2014: 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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SE4ALL, Partners Ready for Energy SDG [viewed]

SE4ALLDecember 2014: The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and its “global force of partners from all regions and sectors” are poised to implement a global goal on energy under the Post-2015 development agenda, according to Kandeh Yumkella, SE4ALL CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General.

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CEM Report Identifies Residential Energy Savings in India [viewed]

Clean Energy Ministerial24 November 2014: Direct policy action in the residential sector in India can lead to a 57% energy savings by 2050 compared to business as usual, according to a recently-published report. The report, titled 'Residential Buildings in India: Energy Use Projections and Savings Potentials,' presents decision makers with recommendations for realizing energy savings from the residential building sector while generating positive economic, environmental and social opportunities.

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Event: CODATU XVI Conference [viewed]

This meeting will focus on ‘Energy, Climate and Air Quality Challenges: The Role of Urban Transport Policies in Developing Countries and Emerging Economies'. The conference will include plenary sessions on, inter alia; mitigation actions taken by cities; urban transport and climate change; financing for and optimizing benefits from low-carbon transport; and commitments and initiatives on the way to COP 21 of the UNFCCC in Paris, France. The conference is being organized by Cooperation for Urban Mobility in the Developing World (CODATU). Participants will also learn about, through field visits, Istanbul's public transport system, the Istanbul metro and a bike sharing programme.  

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Event: Transportation for Sustainability: An International Conference [viewed]

This meeting, supported by the Transportation Research Board of the US National Academies, will bring together representatives from government, the private sector, academia, business and non-profit organizations to examine and promote holistic sustainability approaches to transportation, combining all pillars of sustainable development and addressing present and future needs. The meeting will also stimulate debate on how to realize this view in practice and in research; and examine ways to institutionalize sustainable practices globally. The agenda will include technical discussions on sustainability concepts, tools and practices and plenary sessions. Specific issues the conference will address include: international and cross-border challenges and initiatives related to incorporating sustainability into transportation, including sustainability issues in air travel and marine travel; policies, programmes, projects and institutional approaches; case studies, including national, state and local sustainability strategies and policies; and assessment, monitoring and evaluation.  

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