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Heat Pump, Appliance Energy Efficiency Importance (Report Attached)
Ozone Secretariat
Date: 2020-05-04
The Ozone Secretariat has prepared three briefing notes to support parts A, B and C of the 9 - 10 July 2018 Vienna workshop on energy efficiency opportunities in the context of phasing-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This briefing note provides an overview of energy and carbon related issues.

Download the The Potential to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Heat Pumps Sectors HERE. (Source: UNEP, May, 2020) Contact: UNEP, www.uned.org; Ozone Secretariat, www.ozone.unep.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Appliance Energy Eficiency,  


Resource Efficiency and Climate Change: Material Efficiency Strategies for a Low-Carbon Future (Ind. Report Attached)
United Nations Environment Programme
Date: 2020-03-16
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) International Resource Panel has just published a recent report titled Resource Efficiency and Climate Change: Material Efficiency Strategies for a Low-Carbon Future. Commissioned by the G7 countries, it shows that natural resource extraction and processing account for more than 90 pct of global biodiversity loss and water stress, and around half of global greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the report, emissions from the material cycle of residential buildings in the G7 and China could be reduced by at least 80 pct in 2050 through a series of material efficiency strategies. A design with fewer or alternative materials, and more recycling of construction materials are among the most promising strategies, it says.

Download Resource Efficiency and Climate Change: Material Efficiency Strategies for a Low-Carbon Future HERE. (Source: The United Nations Environment Programme, Mar., 2020) Contact: UN Environment, Martina Otto: martina.otto@un.org, www.unenvironment.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News UNEP,  Climate Change,  Energy Efficiency,  


UN Environment Programme Emissions Gap Report 2019 (Report Attached)
UN Environment Programme
Date: 2020-02-17
According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) annual Emissions Gap Report, even if all current unconditional commitments under the Paris Agreement are implemented, temperatures are expected to rise by 3.2 degrees C, bringing even wider-ranging and more destructive climate impacts. Collective ambition must increase more than fivefold over current levels to deliver the cuts needed over the next decade for the 1.5 degrees C goal.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that going beyond 1.5 degrees C will increase the frequency and intensity of climate impacts.

The report notes 2020 is a critical year for climate action, with the UN climate change conference in Glasgow aiming to determine the future course of efforts to avert crisis, and countries expected to significantly step up their climate commitments.

Download the full report HERE. (Source: UN Environment Programme, Dec., 2019) Contact: UN Environment Programme, www.unep.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News UN Environment Programme ,  Climate Chanmge,  Carbon Emissions,  


African TDB, UNEP Tout Climate Finance Collaboration (Int'l Report)
UNEP,Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank
Date: 2019-11-08
In Nairobi, the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) is reporting a Memorandun of Understanding (MoU) with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) establishing a framework for the joint commitment to addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation, clean energy and other environmental issues and agendas.

The two institutions will cooperate on supporting eligible TDB Member States to access Green Climate Fund resources to enable them to adapt to the changing climate and develop along a low-emission pathway.

The African TDB is a multilateral, treaty-based development financial institution, with assets of $6 billion and the mandate to finance and foster trade, regional economic integration and sustainable development through trade finance, project and infrastructure finance, asset management and advisory services. The Bank supports sustainable development, including the reduction of climate risks and expansion of clean energy -- in line with the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank, UN Environment Program, PR, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank, Michael Awori, COO, www.tdbgroup.org; UNEP, www.unenvironment.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News UNEP,  Climate Finance,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Climate Change Mitigation Technologies in Europe (Ind. Report)
UNEP
Date: 2019-10-07
"In October 2014, the European Union committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 pct by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. This represents a significant challenge, which can only be met through the development and deployment of new climate change mitigation technologies (CCMTs)."

The attached UNEP study analyses the position of Europe in the global race to develop new CCMTs, using data on patent applications, trade in CCMT capital goods, foreign direct investment in CCMTs, climate change policy stringency, carbon emissions and public expenditure on CCMT research and development activities, to investigate inventive and associated economic activity in CCMTs in Europe, according to the UNEP study introduction.

Download the full UNEP, EPO report HERE. (Source: UNEP, Oct., 2019) Contact: UNEP, www.unep.org, www.epo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News UNEP,  Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


Kigali Amendment Addresses Ozone Deleting HFC GHG (Int'l Report)
Montreal Protocol
Date: 2019-01-04
With the recently announced Kigali Amendment hammered out in Niarobi, the world has taken an important step on the road to drastically reduce the production and consumption of powerful greenhouse gasses known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)-- an extremely potent greenhouse gas -- and limit global warming. The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer came into force on 1st January 2019.

If fully supported by governments, the private sector and citizens, the Kigali Amendment will avoid up to 0.4 degrees C of global warming this century while continuing to protect the ozone layer. The amendment will substantively contribute to the goals of the COP15, Paris Climate Agreement.

The parties to the amendment have put in place practical arrangements for its implementation, including agreements on technologies for the destruction of HFCs and new data reporting requirements and tools. The amendment comes with provisions for capacity-building for developing countries, institutional strengthening and the development of national strategies to reduce HFCs and replace them with alternatives. Phasing down HFCs under the Kigali Amendment may also open a window to redesign refrigeration equipment that is more energy efficient, further increasing the climate gains.

Implementation of new targets set out in the amendment will be done in three phases, with a group of developed countries starting HFCs phase-down from 2019. Developing countries will follow with a freeze of HFCs consumption levels in 2024 and with a few countries freezing consumption in 2028.

Evidence presented in the latest Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion finds that the ozone layer in parts of the stratosphere has recovered at a rate of 1-3 pct per decade since 2000. At projected rates, Northern Hemisphere and mid-latitude ozone is scheduled to heal completely by the 2030s followed by the Southern Hemisphere in the 2050s and polar regions by 2060.

The UN Environment Ozone Secretariat is the Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The Secretariat facilitates and supports the parties to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol and other stakeholders in implementing actions to protect and heal the ozone layer and contribute to climate change mitigation.

Download the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018 Executive Summary HERE. (Source: UN Environment Ozone Secretariat, World Meteorological Organization , UN Environment, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: UN Environment Ozone Secretariat, https://ozone.unep.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP15,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Emissions,  Montreal Protocol,  HFCs,  Ozone Depletion,  Climate Change,  


UK Adds £100Mn to Sub-Saharan Renewable Platform (Int'l)
Renewable Energy Performance Platform
Date: 2018-12-12
From COP24 in Poland, the UK government reports it will provide £100 million of funding to the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) to support up to 40 new renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa including small-scale solar, wind, geothermal and biomass sources up to 2023.

The funding, which triples the overall funding for the REPP, could unlock an extra £156 million of private finance into renewable energy markets in Africa over the next five years, according to a release from UK Energy and Clean Growth minister Hon.Claire Perry.

The new investment adds to the £48 million previously committed to the REPP programme, which is already supporting 18 renewable energy projects in a range of countries from Tanzania to Burundi.

REPP is an innovative funding platform created by the European Investment Bank and the UNEP, and funded by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. REPP provides early-stage funding, advisory services, and results-based finance for the development and construction of small and medium-scale renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. (Source: UK Energy and Clean Growth Ministry, 11 Dec., 2018) Contact: UK Energy and Clean Growth Ministry, Hon. Claire Perry, Minister, www.gov.uk/government/people/claire-perry; Renewable Energy Performance Platform, www.africa-eu-renewables.org


60 pct of New Power Capacity from Renewables in 2017 (Int'l)
UN Environment Program
Date: 2018-04-09
According to the UN Environment Program (UNEP), China was by far the world's largest investor in renewable energy in 2017, accounting for nearly half of the new infrastructure commissioned.

The UNEP reports that renewables, excluding large hydro, made up 60 pct of net power capacity growth in 2017 and supplied a record 12 percent share of global electricity generation. The report also shows that solar power accounted for more than a third of all electricity generated from energy sources that came online in 2017. Even so, the UNEP report notes that fossil fuels still dominate existing capacity , with solar, wind, biomass and other renewables generating just 12.1 pct of world electricity in 2017, up from 5.2 pct a decade earlier. (Source: UN Environment Program, April, 2018) Contact: UNEP, Erik Solheim, www.unenvironment.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News UN Environment Program,  Solar,  ,  


Honeywell, UNEP Ink Clean Energy, Climate Change MoU (Ind. Report)
Honeywell, UN Environment
Date: 2018-03-14
Honeywell is reporting the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to support energy efficiency, access to affordable and clean energy, and urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

To that end, the two entities have agreed to support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 7 and 13, and to focus on experience-sharing and programs to build capacity and enhance the contribution of the private sector in protecting the environment. (Source: Honeywell, ACHRnews, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com; UN Environment Program, Erik Solheim, Exec. Dir., +254 20 7621 234, executiveoffice@unep.org, www.unep.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell,  UN Environment,  Climate Change,  


UN Entities Achieve Climate Neutrality (Ind. Report)
UN
Date: 2017-11-08
According to the UN's Greening the Blue report the UN emitted 1.90 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2eq) in 2016 -- an average of 7.18 tCO2eq per capita. The UN headquarter offices in New York, various field offices and warehouses, accounted for 46 pct of the total, air travel accounted for 42 pct and other travel made up the balance.

The organization offset 37 pct of its total reported emissions through the purchase of carbon credits. and is is on track to 100 pct climate-neutrality by 2020, according to the Greening the Blue According to the report 39 of the UN's 69 agencies achieved climate neutrality in 2016 The climate-neutral UN entities include UN Environment (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Women, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the UN Postal Union (UPU), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and others.

Download the full report HERE. (Source: UN, Greening the Blue, IISD, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: Greening the Blue, www.greeningtheblue.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Offsets,  Carbon Footprint,  Carbon Neutral,  


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,  


Airport Carbon Accreditation Participation Taking Off (Ind. Repot)
Airport Carbon Accreditation
Date: 2017-10-25
ACI World reports that with 36 new applications to Airport Carbon Accreditation and more airports reaching a higher level of certification within the programme 201 airports are participating in Airport Carbon Accreditation: 27 in North America, 8 in Latin America; 118 in Europe; 10 in Afrca and 38 in Asia-pacific. From May 2016 to May 2017, accredited airports collectively reducing the CO2 emissions under their direct control by 202,184 tonnes of CO2.

With four levels of accreditation covering all stages of carbon management -- Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality -- the Airport Carbon Accreditation program is independently administered, institutionally-endorsed and supported by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Commission (EC). (Source: Climate Neutral Now, Advance, 19 Oct., 2017) Contact: Airport Carbon Accreditation Program, +44 845 868 2708, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org, http://airportco2.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Neutral Now,  Airport Carbon Accreditation ,  


UNEP Warns of Horn of Africa Climate Change Social, Economic Strife (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
UN Environment Program
Date: 2017-10-11
Speaking in Nairobi, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Program (UNEP), Erik Solheim, noted the Horn of Africa region could become an epicenter of violent political and economic conflicts as climatic shocks intensify and global warming becomes the main driver of civil strife, terrorism and forced migration.

"There is no denying that climate change will remain a big security challenge not only in Somalia but also in other Horn of African countries. Communities will continue fighting over over-stretched natural resources such as land, pasture and water," Solheim remarked. "Massive investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation is key to promote sustainable development and stability in the East and Horn of African region" he added. (Source: UN Environment Program, Xinhua, 5 Oct., 2017) Contact: UN Environment Program, Erik Solheim, Exec. Dir., +254 20 7621 234, executiveoffice@unep.org, www.unep.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


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,  


Worldwide Carbon Emissions Flat for 3rd Consecutive Year -- BP Report Attached (Ind. Report)
BP
Date: 2017-06-19
According to oil giant BP's just released annual Statistical Review of World Energy study, Gglobal carbon emissions remained flat for the third consecutive year during 2016, while demand for coal across the world fell for the second year in a row. "The combination of weak energy demand growth and the shifting fuel mix meant that global carbon emissions are estimated to have grown by only 0.1 pct -- making 2016 the third consecutive year of flat or falling emissions," the report says.

The annual review found while renewables only met 4 per cent of total primary energy demand globally, the growth in renewables represented nearly a third of the total growth in energy demand in 2016. The report also showed how growth in overall energy demand is beginning to slow, as energy efficiency measures become more popular.

Access BP's Statistical Review of World Energy report HERE. (Source: BP Group, Climate Action Program. UNEP, 14 June, 2017) Contact: Climate Action Program, +44 (0) 20 7871 0173, www.climateactionprogramme.org; BP Group, www.bp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  

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