Climate Change

ADB Assesses Climate Change Costs in South Asia [viewed]

ADB19 August 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has published a report, titled ‘Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and Adaptation in South Asia,' which predicts that by 2050, the collective economy of six countries - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka - will see an average annual economic loss of around 1.8% of GDP by 2050 that could rise to 8.8% in 2100 if the “world continues on its current fossil fuel-intensive path.”

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US Department of Energy Supports Efficient Vehicle Technologies [viewed]

us-department -of-energy14 August 2014: The US Department of Energy has announced a contribution of over US$55 million for 31 projects that aim to support the goals of US President Barack Obama's ‘EV Everywhere Grand Challenge,' and result in improvements in other vehicle technologies, including powertrains, fuel, tires and auxiliary systems.

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OAS, Guatemala Promote Ethanol Use [viewed]

guatemala-oas7 August 2014: The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Guatemala have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to implement a pilot project on the blending and use of ethanol, and to support the formation a Technical Unit on Biofuels. The project could result in savings of nearly US$104 million in oil imports for Guatemala.

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DESA Analyzes SIDS Sustainable Development Trends [viewed]

DESAAugust 2014: Despite advances toward sustainable development, small island developing States (SIDS) continue to face many challenges, according to ‘Trends in Sustainable Development: SIDS,' a publication issued by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) as an input to the Third International Conference on SIDS. The report assesses SIDS' progress in key sustainable development areas: climate change; demographics; energy; finance and trade; health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs); natural disaster management; oceans and seas; social development, including education, food security, gender equality and access to water and sanitation; tourism; and waste management.

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US Department of Energy Projects Prospects for Wind Power [viewed]

us-department -of-energyAugust 2014: The US Department of Energy has launched two reports on the status of the US wind energy market. The reports conclude that while more robust growth in wind power capacity additions can be expected in 2014 and 2015 compared to 2013, growth beyond these years is uncertain. At the same time, the reports point out that the relative competitiveness of wind power has improved, with purchase agreement prices in the US reaching all-time lows, at US$25/MWh in 2013.

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Event: Launch of the Decade of SE4ALL Americas and Regional Meeting [viewed]

This three-day event, organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Ministry of Energy of Chile, the UN and partners, will start on 15 October with the official launch of the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All in the Americas (SE4ALL AMERICAS). The launch will provide a platform for announcements and specific contributions in the energy sector, and create a declaration on the vision for SE4ALL for the next decade. Following the launch, on 16-17 October, a Regional Meeting and technical sessions within the SE4ALL framework will be held, which will: define and agree on actions for the SE4ALL AMERICAS; establish priority actions for the next 12 months; and identify ways to implement the proposed actions. Participants in the event will include representatives from the organizing entities, governments, multilateral agencies, civil society and private sector.  

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FS-UNEP Highlights Climate Finance Projects and Training [viewed]

fs-unep-centreAugust 2014: The Frankfurt School (FS)-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance has published its sixth newsletter, which highlights, inter alia, work the Centre has carried out to increase the resilience of microfinance institutions (MFIs), to shift finance toward climate-friendly investments and to equip professionals to become climate and renewable energy finance experts.

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Citi Research Predicts Bright Future for Solar [viewed]

citi28 July 2014: Looking at the evolution of energy industry trends through 2020, a report by Citi Research forecasts an “increasingly bright” outlook for global solar power, driven by economics and a diversification imperative. Overall, the report describes the energy industry as “going through a period of extreme flux” with “no sign of abating.” The 64-page report draws from previous reports by Citi, and forecasts and reports by international companies and organizations, including the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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2014 World Water Week Report Recommends Increased Collaboration Among Water, Energy Communities [viewed]

SIWIAugust 2014: Tighter links and collaboration among the water and energy communities are necessary to meet higher demands for water and energy, achieve sustainable economic development and eradicate extreme poverty, according to a report published by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) in advance of 2014 World Water Week. The 2014 World Water Week report, titled ‘Energy and Water: The Vital Link for a Sustainable Future,' discusses key challenges and opportunities facing the energy and water communities and aims to provide a “take-off point” for increased collaboration among the two communities.

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Event: Fifth US-India Energy Partnership Summit [viewed]

Organized under the theme 'Accelerating Resilient Growth and Development,' the Fifth US-India Energy Partnership Summit will address a variety of bilateral issues related to energy efficiency, security, access and technology, including multi-stakeholder discussions on new collaborations in the areas of: renewable energy; green buildings and sustainable cities; decentralized energy access; shale gas; and climate change. The Summit, hosted annually since 2009 by TERI North America and Yale University, brings together senior political representatives, leading policy makers, researchers and corporates from the two countries. The 2014 Summit will coincide with the Indian leadership's visit to the US.  

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