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Samoan Climate Change Program Funding Announced (Int'l Report)
Global Environment Facility
Date: 2018-11-26
In the South Pacific, 26 biodiversity, climate change adaptation and mitigation, land degradation and sustainable forest management and other related projects have been granted more than $635,000 in funding by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme. The projects were approved by the Samoan National Steering Committee (N.S.C.) based on the technical assessment from the Technical Advisory Group (T.A.G.).

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Global Environment Facility,  Samoa ,  


EBRD Investing €80Mn in Ukrainian Bioenergy (Int'l. Report)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Date: 2018-10-17
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reports it plans to invest €80 million in from 10 to 15 Ukrainian bioenergy projects focused on bioethanol, biogas and bio methane fuels production through 2019. The program will be jointly financed with the Global Environment Facility and the Clean Technology Fund.

Ukraine is reported to have significant untapped capacity in bioenergy production, but faces logistical challenges when it comes to taking advantage of biomass and getting full benefit from the energy potential in vast amounts of agricultural bi-product and waste.

The EBRD's combined operations and engagement in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia is presently close to €24 billion, according to the bank (Source: EBRD, InterFax Ukraine, KYIV, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,  EBRD,  Bioenergy,  


Learning to Use the Land so it Produces Fewer Greenhouse Gases (Ind. Report Attached)
Global Environment Facility
Date: 2018-09-05

"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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Sink,  Greenhouse Gas,  GHGs,  Global Environment Facility ,  


Namibia Scores GEF Climate Mitigation, Environmental Funds (Int'l)
Global Environment Facility
Date: 2018-07-20
In the Namibian capital city of Windhoek, the Ministry of Environment is reporting receipt of NAD $186.5 million from the World Bank Global Environment Facility (GEF). Of the total NAD $186.5 million, NAD $13.44 million will be spent on climate change mitigation while NAD $84 million will be for biodiversity management and NAD $88.9 million towards combating land degradation, according to the Ministry statement. ($1,000,000 NAD = $74,017.26 US) (Source: Namibia Ministry of Environment, Nampa, 19 July, 2018) Contact: World Bank Global Environment Facility, www.thegef.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Environment FacilityClimate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


GloMEEP Pilot Project Addressing Maritime Emissions (Int'l Report)
IMO
Date: 2018-05-04
In Kingston, Jamaica reports it is among 10 countries that have been selected to participate in the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project which aims to support the implementation of energy-efficiency measures to reduce maritime shipping industry greenhouse gas emissions.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  IMO,  


GEF Funding EESL's $454Mn Energy Efficiency Programme (Int'l)
Global Environment Facility, Energy Efficiency Services Limited
Date: 2017-11-06
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is reporting $454 million in funding to India's Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) Creating and Sustaining Markets for Energy Efficiency project. The project funding is comprised of a $20 million grant and co-financing of $434 million in the form of loans and equity, including a $200 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). EESL further proposes to build an `Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund' (EERF) for sustainable funding mechanism of energy efficiency projects in the country.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEF ,  Energy Efficiency Services Limited ,  


Net-Zero Energy R&D Building Opens in Jamaica (Ind. Report)
University of the West Indies
Date: 2017-10-30
In Jamaica, University of the West Indies (UWI) is reporting the opening of the Jamaica's and the Caribbean region's first net zero energy building in Kingston, Jamica.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Energy,  


Ecuador Ratifies Paris Accord (Int'l. Report)
Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-07-31
In a formal announcement last week, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said his country has ratified the Paris Accord on Climate Change and has officially joined virtually every nation on earth -- except the U.S. under the Trump administration -- seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the effects of global warming.

This coming Thursday and Friday, Ecuadorean lawmakers and others from more than 20 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean will meet in Panama for the second Summit of the Parliament Network on Climate Change (RPCC) and Renewable Energies. The event was organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (Parlatino), headquartered in Panama city, to discuss measures to fulfill the commitments agreed under the Paris Accord. The Global Environment Facility, the United Nations Environment Program, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the International Union for Conservation of Nature are among the organizations expected to attend. (Source: Various Media, telesur, 29 July, 2017)

Editor's note: While Ecuador, with a population of 16.39 million and a gdp of $97.8 billion compared the US with 323.1 million and a gdp of $18.57 trillion, can apparently afford the Paris Accord Uncle Sam can't, according to Pres. Donald Trump, and had to drop out.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Accord,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Ricardo Joins Global Industry Alliance to Support Low-Carbon Shipping (Ind. Report)
Ricardo
Date: 2017-07-24
UK-based Professional services firm Ricardo Energy & Environment were among those to back the launch of the new Global Industry Alliance (GIA). The initiative has been formed to support maritime industry players overcome barriers preventing the adoption and further development of sustainable energy technologies in the global shipping industry.

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, business.development@ricardo.com, www.ricardo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ricardo,  Maritime Emissions,  Shipping Emissions,  


Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-Efficient Lighting -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
United for Efficiency (U4E)
Date: 2017-06-21
The recently released United for Efficiency (U4E) organization recently published Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-Efficient Lighting report provides guidelines to countries on how to promote energy-efficient lighting in their respective national markets. The report maintains that following the guidelines will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, generate significant economic benefits, and enhance energy security.

The report encourages countries to follow an integrated policy approach consisting of: defining standards and regulations; establishing policies to achieve public acceptance (awareness campaigns, labeling schemes); finance and financial delivery mechanisms (utility contracts, bulk procurement, partnerships); monitoring, verification and enforcement (product registration, testing); and environmentally sound management of lighting products (hazardous substance standards, end-of-life policies).

The U4E is a public-private partnership comprised of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Environment Facility , the United Nations Development Programme, the International Copper Association, CLASP, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and others.

Download the Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-Efficient Lighting report HERE. (Source: U4E, June, 2017) Contact: UN Environment, (U4E) Economy Division Energy, Climate, and Technology Branch, +33 (0)1 44 37 14 50, u4e@unep.org, www.united4efficiency.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficient Light,  


EmiratesGBC Collaboration Promotes Building Energy Benchmarking, Eficiency (Int'l)
Emirates Green Building Council
Date: 2017-03-17
In the UAE, the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) , in partnership with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), reports it is working with Dubai-based hotels, shopping malls and others on an energy benchmarking project to assess building efficiency.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Emirates Green Building Council,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

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