Climate Change

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

measuring_what_matters23 March 2015: 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]

IEA17 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]

g20-turkey13 March 2015: During the first working session of the Group of 20 (G20) Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group (EEFTG), participants 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]

un-water22 March 2015: 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]

green-growth-plataformMarch 2015: 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, titled ‘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. The MEF intends to convene four times in 2015. The Forum, launched in 2009 by US President Barack Obama, is aimed at facilitating candid dialogue among major emitting countries, both developed and developing, to garner the political leadership needed to advance efforts against climate change. The 17 major economies participating are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the EU, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russian Federation, South Africa, the UK and the US.  

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

IEA13 March 2015: 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 climate change mitigation efforts in China and countries of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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SE4ALL CEO Announces Departure [viewed]

Yumkella12 March 2015: 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]

logos_gef_unido_iiasa11 March 2015: 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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EU Energy Council Meeting Signals Support for Energy Union [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL6 March 2015: The EU Energy Council met to discuss the European Commission's plans for an ‘Energy Union' for the EU. Held under the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE) of the Council of the EU, the meeting focused on issues including energy security, energy efficiency, decarbonization and the internal energy market.

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