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14/06/2012. New Energy Technology report of the IEA: A sustainable energy system is still within reach and can bring broad benefits

Governments must play a decisive role in encouraging the shift to efficient and low-carbon technologies.


10/06/2012. The  events around the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development have started!

Side event with Eneris on green energy and green economy

08/06/2012. Global Environmental Outlook GEO5: If current trends continue, if current patterns of production and consumption of natural resources prevail and cannot be reversed and 'decoupled', then governments will preside over unprecedented levels of damage and degradation

08/05/2012. Après son rejet des cibles de Kyoto pour 2008-2012, le Canada n’est pas en voie d’atteindre ses objectifs de réduction de gaz à effet de serre de 17% en 2020 par rapport aux niveaux de 2005, si aucune mesure n’est mise en oeuvre rapidement, selon le Commissaire à l’environnement et au développement durable.


08/05/2012. Las emisiones de CO2 en el sector industrial y de la energía aumentaron en 2011 un 9.2% en España. España tiene difícil cumplir el primer periodo del Protocolo de Kioto sin comprar derechos de emisión.

08/05/2012. IRENA Renewable Energy Country Profiles for Africa and the Pacific: The country profiles give a brief yet comprehensive and up-to-date picture of the situation of renewable energy in the countries.


08/05/2012. Journal article: Energy access scenarios to 2030 for the power sector in sub-Saharan Africa.


08/05/2012. Report from the UNEP Finance Initiative. Financing renewable energy in developing countries: Drivers and barriers for private finance in sub-Saharan Africa.

12/03/2012. The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has launched an Open Data for Africa platform aimed at significantly increasing access to quality data necessary for managing and monitoring development results in African countries.


09/03/2012. The appliance standards currently in place will save the U.S. more than $1.1 trillion by 2035. The more efficient products will save 240 gigawatts in peak demand in 2035. Another 67 GW, or 6% of the total U.S. generating capacity for 2035, could also be offset by new standards being implemented in the coming years.


03/03/2012. Briefing on the European experience from energy efficiency obligations (EEOs). Despite the variations in national schemes, all have been judged successful by their governments and they have expanded their EEOs accordingly. There is now around €2 billion per year being spent by energy companies in the EU to deliver energy efficiency under EEOs.


03/03/2012. New Guidebook on Climate Change in Africa: A Practical Guide towards Sustainable Development. This Guidebook informs on climate change matters including science, governance, technological, financial and capacity building needs as well as opportunities for effective actions towards sustainable development.


03/03/2012. Realising the Potential: Making the Most of Climate Change Finance in Africa. A synthesis report from six country studies: Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa and Tanzania. This report considers climate change financing through the lens of these internationally agreed principles for making the most of external finance. It provides a synthesis of lessons from six case studies.

17/02/2012 European parliamentarians call on the Commission to implement measures, which may include "withholding the necessary amount of allowances", to prop up prices on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

17/02/2012 Computer servers are facing a design revamp to make them more energy efficient. Servers and data storage equipment are part of the “priority list” for the Ecodesign Directive given their “significant” energy savings potential.

15/02/2012 The Gold Standard African based cookstove Programme of Activities (PoA) was registered under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism. It aims to disseminate up to 100000 cookstoves within the next five years.

14/02/2012 The report “A Safe and Just Space for Humanity – Can We Live Within The Doughnut?” suggests a new way of approaching economic development within environmental and social limits, defining an environmentally safe and socially just area shaped like a doughnut.

07/02/2012 Spain removes financial incentives for new electricity installations which use combined heat and power, renewable energy sources (including wind, solar PV, solar thermal, biomass, biogas, and mini hydro) and waste.

13/01/2012 Carbon trading eventually will become as routine for airlines as hedging fuels and currencies. All airlines using EU airports were brought into the European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS) on January 1, joining more than 10000 power and industrial plants which have been active in the scheme since 2005. Several big airlines are taking advantage of European carbon law by snapping up emission allowances at bargain prices.

11/01/2012 The US Environmental Protection Agency will release twice-delayed rules on greenhouse gas emissions for new and modified power plants by the end of January. The EPA has no plans in the near term to publish rules for power plants and oil refineries that are already in operation.

11/01/2012 Comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) data reported directly from large facilities and suppliers across the USA are now easily accessible to the public. The EPA's online data publication tool shows that in 2010, power plants were the largest stationary sources of direct emissions with 2324 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent, followed by petroleum refineries with emissions of 183 mmtCO2e.

11/01/2012 Carbon markets across the World were valued at 96 billion euros last year, up 4% on 2010. The value of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) grew by 6% to an estimated 76 billion euros, while overall traded volume in EU Allowances (EUAs) reached around 6 billion, a 17% increase on 2010, higher than the growth in value due to lower prices, The average EUA price in 2011 was more than a euro below the 2010 price. Benchmark EUA prices collapsed to a record low 6.30 euros a ton on December 14.

11/01/2012 According to a leak of the draft agenda document, countries will be asked at the Rio+20 Earth Summit to sign up for 10 new sustainable development goals for the planet, negotiate a new agreement to protect oceans, approve an annual state of the planet report, set up a major world agency for the environment, amongst other. The document celebrates progress made in the last 20 years in reducing poverty and developing IT industries, but it recognises that countries have largely failed to meet most of the environmental and developmental commitments made 20 years ago.

20 dec. 2011. Trees throughout Africa's Sahel region are dying as a result of long-term drought linked to climate change. Analyses of climate factors, soil, and population showed that temperature most significantly explained tree cover changes.

16 dec. 2011. To achieve the goal of cutting emissions by over 80% by 2050, Europe's energy production will have to be almost carbon-free. How to achieve this without disrupting energy supplies and competitiveness is the question answered by the Energy Roadmap 2050 the European Commission adopted. Based on the analysis of a set of scenarios, the document describes the consequences of a carbon free energy system and the policy framework needed.

16 dec. 2011. Russia supports Canada's decision to pull out of the Kyoto protocol. Canada pulled out of the agreement, claiming that the country would have to pay billions to meet its Kyoto target in 2012. Japan, which like Canada had said it would not sign up to an extension of the Kyoto protocol, still condemned Canada's withdrawal as "disappointing".

15 dec. 2011. According to a recent study done in the USA, 65 percent of Americans support a revenue-neutral carbon tax. Likewise, 60 percent of Americans support a $10 per ton carbon tax if the revenue were used to reduce federal income taxes, even when told this would “slightly increase the cost of many things you buy, including food, clothing, and electricity.”

12 dec. 2011. In Durban, governments, including USA and China, decided to adopt a universal legal agreement on climate change as soon as possible, but not later than 2015, and to come into force by 2020.

6 dec. 2011. Renewable energy is surpassing fossil fuels for the first time in new power-plant investments: Electricity from the wind, sun, waves and biomass drew $187 billion last year compared with $157 billion for natural gas, oil and coal, according to calculations by Bloomberg New Energy Finance using the latest data.

6 dec. 2011. The impact of the 2008–2009 global financial crisis on emissions has been short-lived, and emissions from burning fossil fuels and cement production rose by 5.9% in 2010, bringing the total rise since 1990 to 49%.

1 dec. 2011. New report OECD/IEA report Green Growth Studies: Energy”. Amongst others, the report finds that the transition to a low-carbon energy system is likely to have a positive impact on employment in the energy sector because renewables and energy efficiency appear to be more labour-intensive than fossil fuel-based energy.

30 nov. 2011. Update of the UNEP report “Bridging the Gap” between expected emissions by 2020 and global emissions consistent with the 2°C target : Yes, the gap can be bridged by making realistic changes.

18 nov. 2011. Special Report of the IPCC on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation: “There is evidence that some extremes have changed as a result of anthropogenic influences, including increases in atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases”.

11 nov. 2011. The new report by ChristianAid, Low-carbon Africa: Leapfrogging to a green future (including 6 country case studies) makes the case that Africa is able to deliver clean and sustainable energy to millions of energy-poor people across the continent without increasing greenhouse gas emissions – and for this renewable power potential to drive a green economic expansion across the region.

11 nov. 2011. The Spanish 2011-2020 Renewable Energy Plan was approved (Planificación Energética Indicativa – PEI, y Plan de Energías Renovables - PER). Objectives include, amongst other, installed capacities of 7250 MW for solar PV, 4800 MW for CSP, 35000 for wind. Objectives lack ambition according to some environmental groups, and are considered too costly according to some electricity utilities.

9 nov. 2011. Without a bold change of policy direction, the world will lock itself into an insecure, inefficient and high-carbon energy system, the International Energy Agency warns in the 2011 edition of the World Energy Outlook.  “Although the recovery in the world economy since 2009 has been uneven, and future economic prospects remain uncertain, global primary energy demand rebounded by a remarkable 5% in 2010”.

9 nov. 2011. EU finance ministers pledged to add €2.3 billion of fast start finance to the 2.34 bn already mobilized to support actions for reducing emissions and adapting to climate change in developing countries. NGOs claim that much of the promised money is not new and has been repackaged from previous aid commitments.

4 nov. 2011. New UNEP Report Tracks the Changing Global Environment over the Past Two Decades. "What's new since Rio 1992?".

4 nov. 2011. While climate change will force more people to move, mitigation and adaptation actions themselves will also cause significant displacements, and must be better studied. They may result from large dams for hydro-power and water storage, biofuel plantations, seawalls, coastal defense, water allocation projects.

24 oct. 2011. "Smart and just grids", or how emerging Smart Grid concepts may make an important contribution to improving equitable and just access to electricity services in sub-Saharan Africa.

24 oct. 2011. Combined, China and the United States produced 41% of the world's CO2 emissions related to fuel combustion in 2009 (IEA report).

22 oct. 2011. Conference on climate change and development in Africa: Data, resilience, low carbon development, finance.

22 oct. 2011. In the low carbon development strategy proposed by the Chinese government, installed wind capacity is expected to reach 200 GW in 2020, 400 GW in 2030 and up to 1000 GW in 2050.

21 oct. 2011. EU National Reports assessing the integration of renewable electricity in the grids and markets.

11 oct. 2011. New IEA report "Energy for All: financing access for the poor". Around 20% of the global population lacks access to electricity and 40% of the population is without clean cooking facilities. More than five times the current level of investment is needed to provide universal energy access by 2030. It only represents around 3% of projected global energy investment.

10 oct. 2011. The Spanish Designated National Authority approved a total of 185 CDM projects since the beginning of its activities. The recently approved projects include two PV projects in China, a programme of activities related to Methane Recovery from Waste Management in Philippines as well as wind, efficiency and forestry projects.

3 oct. 2011. Negotiators are meeting in Panama to prepare the next UN climate Conference of the Parties in South Africa. Europe urges all nations to make clear how they will tackle climate change.

27 sept. 2011. Today is the Earth Overshoot Day: resources consumed by humanity exceeds the generative capacity of the Earth for 2011

21 sept. 2011. Online public consultation in the EU on reducing GHG emissions from road transport

21 sept. 2011. UN launches initiative to promote sustainable energy for all

20 sept. 2011. The EC set out a Roadmap for a resource-efficient Europe to decouple the EU’s economic growth from natural resource consumption

20 sept. 2011. The Popular Party of Spain does not approve the report of the Mixed (Congress-Senate) Comittee on Climate Change calling on the next government to adopt legally-binding legislation on climate change