Posts Tagged: Latin America & the Caribbean

ICRAF, IFAD Consider Biofuel Development

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) reported on an event held to demonstrate the potential contribution of biofuels to sustainable development. In particular ICRAF emphasized that if greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets are to be met, approximately 26% of transport will need to be powered by biofuels by 2050.

UNFCCC Releases SBSTA Documents for Bonn Session

The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a series of documents that will be discussed by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and technical Advice (SBSTA) at its 38th session, taking place in Bonn, Germany. The documents relate to methodological issues related to the Kyoto Protocol, the new market-based mechanism, emissions from international transport, the UNFCCC reporting guidelines, high-carbon reservoirs, and a framework for various approaches.

OAS Announces Recipients of ECPA's Sustainable Communities Grants

The Organization for American States (OAS) has announced the 14 recipients from ten Central American and Caribbean countries of US$50,000 grants from the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) to non-governmental organizations, community associations and academic institutions for community-based projects in clean energy, disaster resilience, sustainable transport and waste management.

UNEP Risø Centre Newsletter Highlights TNA Project and Electrification in Africa

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNEP Risø Centre (URC) December’s newsletter includes stories on the Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) project and electrification in Africa, including efforts within the Sustainable Energy For All Initiative (SE4ALL). The newsletter also features several stories on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), including capacity building projects in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region.

ESMAP Report Finds Large Potential for Low-Carbon Growth Strategies

The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank report, which is based on analyses in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland and South Africa, finds that many of the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction measures pay themselves back, while ambitious global action to reduce technology costs, scale up private sector financing, and provide climate financing is still required.

Seminar Discusses Future ECPA Work Plan on Energy Efficiency

A regional seminar held for South American countries by the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) discussed possible elements for a future Work Plan for the energy efficiency pillar of ECPA, including actions targeting transport, buildings, industry and mining, and possibly using nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) to promote and finance energy efficiency measures.

UNEP ROLAC Launches Online Platform for Technology Transfer and Action on Climate Change

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has created a virtual network of technology centers and knowledge platform on climate change for Latin America and the Caribbean, known as REGATTA, to foster exchange information and knowledge, offer online communities of practice on mitigation and adaptation, provide on-demand technical assistance, and point LAC users to tools, methods, case studies, best practice and lessons learned.