The report predicts that within 5 years China's data center carbon emissions will spike from 99 million to 163 million metric tons -- the equivalent of 35 million vehicles.
Download the Greenpeace East Asia Powering the Cloud: How China's Internet Industry Can Shift to Renewable Energy report
HERE. (Source: Greenpeace East Asia, CNN, 10 Sept., 2019)
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The BEA Initiative was launched by The World Resources Institute (WRI) and Johnson Controls (JCI) to increase awareness and adoption of building energy efficiency programs.
The Initiative aims to build market awareness and action on local government leadership by example, particularly in the developing world, local benchmarking and sustainable building certification and labeling approaches, innovative financing to support efficiency investments and distributed energy systems at the building and community scale. (Source: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA, Aug., 2019) Contact: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, DEWA CEO, www.dubaisce.gov.ae
; World Resources Institute, www.wri.org; Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com;
Building Efficiency Accelerator Initiative, www.buildingefficiencyaccelerator.org
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Under the $842,000 study, Boral Timber, a hardwood and softwood supplier, will explore the technical and financial viability of establishing a biorefinery near the Herons Creek sawmill.
If constructed, the proposed biorefinery could cost around $35 million and could convert up to 50,000 tpy of waste sawmill residue into transport-grade renewable diesel and bitumen.
(Source: ARENA, World Highways, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Boral Timber , Wayne Manners, Exec. Manager, www.boral.com.au/products/timber, www.boral.com; Arena,
Global Ecofuel Solutions, https://gefs.es
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ERBD also announced a 2-MW floating solar project being developed by Norwegian company Statkraft's Albanian subsidiary and floating solar technology developer Ocean Sun. The €2.3 million project will incorporate four units of 0.5 MW each.
(Source: EBRD, The Balkanista, Mar., 2019)
Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com; Ocean Sun, email@example.com, https://oceansun.no
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The launch fund would be called the Green Growth Equity Fund (GGEF). The UK government and India's National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) will be joint anchor investors in GGEF with a commitment of £ 120 million each.
The London-headquartered CDC is the UK's development finance institution that supports companies that help poor countries grow. (Source: CDC Group, Mercom India, Mar., 2019) Contact: CDC Group,
Srini Nagarajan, Head of CDC Asia, +44 (0)20 7963 4700,
+44 (0)20 7963 4750 - fax,
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The new LEAN initiative is part of the Johnson Controls and CBRE Innovation Lab, established three years ago to evaluate, connect and leverage products, services and energy data to create value for occupiers and investors of real estate, according to the company.
Berkeley Lab will automate and improve the LEAN tool and create an open-source version for public use. CBRE will be an initial deployment partner and will use the tool to help their customers target cost-effective energy efficiency retrofit opportunities. WRI will use the open-source version of the tool to help local governments target these retrofit opportunities in both public and private buildings.
Download Johnson Controls LEAN energy analysis technology details
HERE. (Source: Johnson Controls, PR, Campus Safety, 20 Jan., 2019) Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, JVP Global Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, (855) 324-3650,
www.johnsoncontrols.com; CBRE Group Inc., David Pogue, Snr. VP, (212) 984-6515, www.cbre.com; World Resources Institute, www.wri.org; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, www.lbl.gov
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The funding is intended to support Samoans most at risk given their strong dependency on natural resources for their livelihoods, while often living in fragile ecosystems throughout the island country. our planet's most pressing environmental problems.
Since its founding, the GEF has provided over $17.9 billion in grants and mobilized an additional $93.2 billion in co-financing for more than 4500 projects in 170 countries. Today, the GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global climate change and other environmental issues, according to the GEF website.
(Source: Global Environment Facility, Samoa Observer, 24 November 2018) Contact: Global Environment Facility, www.thegef.org
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"Agriculture and forestry are a major source of greenhouse gases, contributing 20 -- 24 pct of all emissions. Livestock, fertilizers and burning biomass all produce greenhouse gases such as methane, nitrous oxide or carbon dioxide, or a combination of these and other gases. Deforestation and forest degradation are also major sources. However, agriculture and forestry can also act as carbon sinks -- plants take up carbon dioxide as they grow and store carbon in the soils. Land use is therefore part of the solution," according to the report.
The 2016-2019 project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by UN Environment was designed to help land management projects to evaluate their 'carbon benefits'. These can accrue in different land-use scenarios and ecosystems across the globe.
Download Learning to Use the Land so it Produces Fewer Greenhouse Gases report details
HERE. (Source: UN Environment, 3 Sept., 2018) Contact: UN Environment, www.unenvironment.org; GEF, www.thegef.org
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The university is collaborating with Spark Northwest, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization dedicated to renewable energy development. Funding will be provided by the USDA over two years, beginning this fall.
The grant positions the university for future USDA funding at the "energy-food-water-climate nexus" including precision agriculture, field drones and sensors and digitizing data.
((Source: George Fox University, Capital Press, 5 June, 2018) Contact: George Fox University,
Bob Harding, Dean of the College of Engineering , (503)538-8383, www.georgefox.edu
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Funded by the GEF, SGP is implemented by UN Development Programme on behalf of the GEF partnership and is executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services.
(Source: GEF-SGP, The Eagle Online, News Agency of NIgeria, 27 May, 2018)
Contact: GEF-SGP, Ibironke Olubamise, Nigerian GEF-SGP Coordinator, www.thegef.org
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GloMEEP member countries -- Argentina, China, Georgia, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Panama, Philippines and South Africa -- will serve as lead pilot countries for implementing legal, policy and institutional reforms; undertake awareness-raising and capacity-building activities and establish public-private partnerships to support low-carbon shipping.
Jamaica, through the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), is currently staging a three-day session to assist maritime administrations, port authorities and their personnel to better understand sources of emissions in ports, identify strategies and solutions and train participants in the use of two new guides -- Guide for a Port Emissions Status Assessment and Guide for the Development of a Port Emissions Reduction Strategy -- which are being developed under the GloMEEP project.
GloMEEP is being undertaken through partnership involving the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). (Source: Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnership, Jamaica Information Service, 2 May, 2018) Contact:
GloMEEP International Maritime Organization, www.glomeep.imo.org
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The IMO also reports the significant global reduction in the sulphur content of the fuel oil used by ships from 1 January 2020 is expected to further contribute to maritime GHG emissions through the anticipated resulting uptake of alternative fuels.
IMO also noted its capacity-building and technical cooperation with the UNDP-GEF-IMO global energy efficiency project (GloMEEP) and the European-Union funded maritime technology cooperation centre's network (GMN) project.
(Source: IMO, Marine Link, 7 Nov., 2017)Contact:
IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
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The EERF mechanism will support the 'proof of concept' investments for the new technologies of super-efficient ceiling fans, tri-generation technologies and smart grid-applications and ultimately scaling up energy efficiency financing and programme development to help cover initial investment costs of identified energy efficiency programmes like street lighting, domestic lighting, five-star rated ceiling fans and agricultural pumps.
The GEF project further brings together many technical and financing partners including United Nations Environment (UN Environment), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW).
GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global environmental issues. (Source: GEF, domain-b, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services Limited, www.eeslindia.org; Global Environment Facility, www.thegef.org
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The 2,300-square-foot structure is designed as a model to encourage construction of sustainable and energy-efficient buildings throughout the region. The building will host the Centre for Advanced Research in Renewable Energy (CARRE) to promote energy efficiency, solar, wind and biomass energy R&D. The building is expected to save approximately 50,000 kilowatts of energy, which translates to a reduction of 34.5 metric tpy of CO2.
The net zero energy building project was implemented by the UWI Institute of Sustainable Development with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and technical assistance from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). (Source: University of the West Indies, Jamaica Information Service, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: University of the West Indies, +876 927 1660, www.uwi.edu
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The new entity is framed by various UN initiatives and projects, including the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the IMO Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project. The initiative aims to reduce the barriers to the uptake of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly transportation energy systems that already exist. Often time the technology creates considerable environmental damage and cost reductions, although they come with upfront capital costs.
According to a statement from Ricardo following the launch of the GIA, the GIA partners will work together to address key barriers to transitioning maritime shipping towards a low carbon maritime future, focusing on a number of priority areas including energy efficiency technologies and operational best practices, and alternative fuels. (Source: Ricardo, Consultancy.UK, 24 July, 2017)Contact: Ricardo, Ricardo-AEA, Robert Bell, Managing Director, +44 (0)1273 455611,
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The Benchmarking Project aims to support the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) initiative under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) an initiative led by the UN Secretary-General, and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
The Benchmarking Project will measure the energy performance of 100 buildings in Dubai in the three focus groups of hotels, malls and schools. DSCE will support to the Benchmarking Project and mark the first BEA demonstration project in Dubai, which will serve as a referral point to advance energy efficiency of buildings in the city, and double the rate of efficiency by 2030. (Source: Emirates Green Building Council, CPI Financial, 14 Mar., 2017)Contact: Emirates Green Building Council, +971 4 346 8244, www.emiratesgbc.org
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The 1,000 panel installation is expected to generate approximately 525,000 kilowatt-hours per year, the equivalent to the annual energy use of about 39 homes. The solar installation will also cut USF’s carbon footprint by an estimated 370 metric tpy of carbon dioxide.
Construction is expected to get underway later this month for completion in May or early June.
Funding for the project is a combination of the Administrative fees and Facilities Planning budget.
(Source: University of South Florida, 5 Mar., 2017) Contact: University of South Florida, www.usf.edu
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The $12,003,741 project is being funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund and the the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is implementing the initiative through partnership with the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ).
Although Jamaica is 90 pct dependent on fossil fuels for its energy needs, the country's
National Energy calls for over 20 pct of the island's overall energy mix to come from renewable sources by 2030.
(Source: Jamaica Information Service, 8 Dec., 2016)
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The funding for the District Energy in Cities initiative, which sits under the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Partnership, will initially be aimed at district energy and cooling projects in Marrakech. The initiative is already working with Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Chile, India, and Serbia.
UN Environment research shows that modern district energy systems can reduce primary energy consumption for heating and cooling of urban buildings by up to 50 pct. District energy also allows for high levels of affordable renewable energy supply, making them a key measure for cities/countries that aim to achieve 100 pct renewable energy or carbon neutral targets.
The District Energy in Cities Initiative is a partnership coordinated by UN Environment, with financial support from Danida, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and Italy. As one of five accelerators of the SE4All Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, the initiative will support market transformation efforts to shift the heating and cooling sector to energy efficient and renewable energy solutions. (Source: Italian Ministry of Environment Land and Sea , UNEP, Malaysia Sun, 12 Nov., 2016)
Contact: Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea, Project Manager, Francesca De Crescenzo: +39 0 6572 28249, http://www.sinoitaenvironment.org/ReadNewsex1.asp?NewsID=2277;
Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE), Communications Director, Fadwa Elatrach: +212 06 6138, 8748, www.iea.org/countries/non-membercountries/morocco;
Sustainable Energy for All,
Economy Division, Moira O'Brien-Malone: +33 1 44 37 76 12, www.se4all.org
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