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From: ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency <news@ecreee.org>
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Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:33:24 -0600
Subject: Promoting Renewable Energy Investments in the Electricity Sector of Guinea Bissau
Dear All,

We can inform on the launch of the new project "Promoting Renewable Energy Investments in the Electricity Sector of Guinea Bissau". The GEF funded project is implemented by UNIDO in close cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Industry, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and TESE – Associação para o Desenvolvimento pela Tecnologia, Engenharia, Saúde e Educação. The project is also supported by SIDS DOCK - The Sustainable Energy Island Initiative of the AOSIS.

The project addresses the existing energy challenges of the country by promoting renewable energy investments in the electricity sector. The combined and integrated interventions in the areas of technology demonstration, policy support and capacity building will create an enabling environment for the scaling-up of renewable energy investments.

Under the investment component a set of renewable energy projects with a total capacity of 2.5 MW will be developed and implemented. They cover technology areas such as medium-scale PV, mini-grid hybrid systems (between 312 to 500 kW) for rural electrification and productive uses, PV stand-alone systems and bioelectricity systems for industrial facilities in the fishery and cashew processing sectors. Long-term investments will be mobilized through a National Renewable Energy Investment Plan (NREIP) and a special financing facility.

The project will also lay the foundation for the development of the hydropower project Salthino HPP (19 MW) in the context of the OMVG interconnection project comprising Guinea, Guinea Bissau, The Gambia and Senegal. Once implemented it will mark a major transformational shift from the use of diesel and heavy fuel to sustainable energy. The project will be developed in close partnership with the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other partners. The hydro project is part of the ECOWAS Small Hydro Power Program supported by the Austrian Government.

In addition, the GEF project will support the development of an industrial renewable energy policy and action plan. The activity is being implemented under the umbrella of the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Policy (EREP) process which is executed by ECREEE. The project will also strengthen the capacities of local training institutions by executing train-the-trainer workshops. South-south knowledge transfer and exchange from universities and companies in Cape Verde will be promoted.

The project will facilitate also the international awareness campaign "SE4ALL for Guinea Bissau". The project is expected to have a major positive social, economic and environmental impact for the country.

Further information is available at: http://www.ecreee.org. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further questions or suggestions.


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From: Shelagh Whitley <s.whitley@odi.org.uk>
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Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:54:49 +0000
Subject: The fossil fuel bailout: G20 subsidies to oil, gas and coal exploration
Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to share a new report by the Overseas Development Institute (www.odi.org) and Oil Change International (www.priceofoil.org):

The fossil fuel bailout: G20 subsidies to oil, gas and coal exploration

http://www.odi.org/g20-fossil-fuel-subsidies

Governments across the G20 countries are estimated to be spending $88 billion every year subsidising exploration for fossil fuels. This report documents, for the first time, the scale and structure of fossil-fuel exploration subsidies in the G20 countries. The evidence points to a publicly financed bailout for carbon-intensive companies, and support for uneconomic investments that could drive the planet far beyond the internationally agreed target of limiting global temperature increases to no more than 2ºC.

We look forward to your comments and questions.

All the best,

Shelagh

Shelagh Whitley
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Climate Change, Environment and Forests
Overseas Development Institute
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Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:45:52 +0000
Subject: Invitation - OECD Global Forum on Environment: "New Perspectives on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus"

Dear Energy-L Subscribers,

 

You are invited to attend the upcoming OECD Global Forum on Environment on the topic of "New Perspectives on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus". The Forum will be held on 27-28 November 2014 at the OECD headquarters in Paris.

 

This Forum will provide a platform for senior policy experts, private sector leaders and government officials from OECD and Partner Countries to explore how countries can align policy goals to address water, energy and land-use reforms in a more coherent way. A draft agenda and additional information is available on the Forum website: http://www.oecd.org/environment/nexus.htm

 

The Forum will be held over two days and will discuss four areas that can contribute to more integrated policy making in this domain:

 

·         Understanding long-term impacts of the nexus on growth

·         Improving coherence between national, regional and local planning and priorities

·         Promoting private sector investment in the nexus

·         Mainstreaming the nexus in the post-2015 development agenda

The Forum will also feature a high-level meeting of the Global Dialogue on Water Security and Sustainable Growth, co-chaired by the OECD Secretary-General Mr. Angel Gurría and Dr. Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, Chair of the Global Water Partnership.  

To register please contact  nexus@oecd.org. For any questions regarding the Forum please contact the Forum organiser Kate Eklin  (kate.eklin@oecd.org) or Forum assistant Ruth Catts-Lemaire (ruth.catts-lemaire@oecd.org).

 

Best regards,

 

Kate Eklin

 

Kate Eklin
Climate Finance and Investment Team

Climate Change, Biodiversity and Water Division

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From: "Halstead, M.I. (Matthew)" <halstead@ecn.nl>
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Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:33:14 +0000
Subject: Energy, water and food: ECN report on fundamentally interrelated resource systems

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Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN)

 

Dear colleagues,

 

The recently released ECN publication 'Understanding the Energy-Water Nexus' can be downloaded at http://www.ecn.nl/docs/library/report/2014/e14046.pdf.

 

Retweets of the report announcement are welcome, see https://twitter.com/ECN/status/517953481098149888.

 

Abstract:

Energy, water and food resource systems are fundamentally interrelated. We need energy to produce food and to treat and move water; we need water to cultivate food crops and to generate essentially any form of energy; and we need food to support the world's growing population that both generates and relies on energy and water services. Land availability also constitutes an important element in each of these three resources, for example for crop production for either food or energy purposes. This mutual relationship is defined as the "Energy-Water-Food Nexus".

 

To date, the three individual resource systems of energy, water, and food have mostly been organised and studied independently. In a rapidly developing world with ever more pressing environmental challenges, however, choices and actions in each of these three domains can significantly affect the others, positively or negatively. Therefore it is important to take a "nexus approach" to analysing these three resource systems. Conventional policy- and decision-making with regards to each of these domains in isolation is not necessarily anymore the most effective or optimal course of planning or action. A "nexus approach", which in our context refers to a multidisciplinary type of analysis of the relationship between energy, water and food, can help to balance trade-offs and to build synergies across these different sectors. In an increasingly complex and interrelated world this approach can lead to better and more efficient resource use as well as cross-sectoral policy coherence.

 

This report begins by reviewing the current thinking reported in the existing literature on the "Energy-Water-Food Nexus". Given that the nexus constitutes a broad, recently emerging, and still largely undefined and poorly understood concept and associated field of research, we then narrow down our focus to predominantly inspect the interrelationship between energy and water. This report aims to inform local and regional decision-makers responsible for the development and implementation of policies related to energy and water resource systems.

 

Kind regards,

Matthew

 

 

Matthew Halstead
Global Sustainability, Policy Studies
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Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:57:12 -0600
Subject: Sustainable Energy Update - 13 November 2014 - Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice
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  Sustainable Energy Update - Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice
A compilation of items recently posted to the Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice knowledgebase
Latest News - 13 November 2014
WHO Sets Indoor Air Quality Guidelines
Read More: WHO Sets Indoor Air Quality Guidelines
12_November 2014: After having announced earlier in 2014 that an estimated seven million people die annually from pollution exposure, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued benchmarks for achieving healthy air in and around the home. Among its suggestions, WHO recommends avoiding unprocessed coal and kerosene as household fuels. continued...
 
Report Outlines Benefits of Fossil Fuel Subsidies Phase-Out
Read More: Report Outlines Benefits of Fossil Fuel Subsidies Phase-Out
11_November 2014: The Overseas Development Network (ODI) and Oil Change International have published a report, titled 'The Fossil Fuel Bailout: G20 Subsidies for Oil, Gas and Coal Exploration,' which discusses the scale and structure of fossil fuel exploration subsidies. continued...
 
UNEP Forum Urges Accelerated Transition to Energy Efficient Lighting
Read More: UNEP Forum Urges Accelerated Transition to Energy Efficient Lighting
11_November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) en.lighten initiative has convened the Global Efficient Lighting Forum, which focused on accelerating the global phase-in of energy-efficient lighting products. The forum brought together representatives from electrical utilities, lighting manufacturers, development banks, financial institutions and international agencies to reaffirm their commitment to mitigate climate change by transitioning to energy-efficient lighting, and to discuss the best ways to accelerate such a transition. continued...
 
REN21 Reviews Decade of Renewable Energy Progress
Read More: REN21 Reviews Decade of Renewable Energy Progress
10_November 2014:
 The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has launched 'The First Decade: 2004-2014 – 10 Years of Renewable Energy Progress,' which documents the evolution of renewables since 2004, measures progress by technology and region, examines lessons learned and offers "a vision for the future." continued...
 
REN21, ECREEE Launch ECOWAS Status Report on Renewables and Energy Efficiency
Read More: REN21, ECREEE Launch ECOWAS Status Report on Renewables and Energy Efficiency
10_November 2014: The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) have published a report on the renewable energy and energy efficiency market and industry development in West Africa. The 'ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report 2014' was launched during the REN21 'Renewables Academy 2014,' held from 10-12 November, in Bonn, Germany. continued...
 
IEA World Energy Outlook: 3.6°C Warming, Renewables Overtake Coal by 2040
Read More: IEA World Energy Outlook: 3.6°C Warming, Renewables Overtake Coal by 2040
12_November 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO), which finds that, without a transformative shift in the global energy system, the world is set for warming well beyond 2°C. The report states that, even when the new carbon-constraining policies announced by governments are taken into account, emissions will rise 20% by 2040, putting the world on track for a 3.6°C increase in global average temperatures over the long-term. continued...
 
Publication Urges Financing Resilient Power
Read More: Publication Urges Financing Resilient Power
30_October 2014: The Clean Energy Group (CEG) has published a paper describing mechanisms with potential for providing low-cost, long-term financing for resilient power. The paper, titled 'Financing Options for Clean, Resilient Power Solutions,' identifies financing tools that: can be used to implement projects; will attract private capital; and reduce the cost of solar and resilient power installations.
 continued...
 
OECD Finds Well-Designed Policies Key to Increasing Private Investment in Renewables
Read More: OECD Finds Well-Designed Policies Key to Increasing Private Investment in Renewables
16_October 2014: An environment working paper published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) finds that renewable energy price-based support schemes, unlike quota-based schemes, are positively correlated with investors' abilities to raise private finance. However, the authors suggest that, based on their findings, the design of the scheme (rather than price versus quota) will determine whether the right signal has reached investors. continued...
 
US, China Announce Emissions Targets
Read More: US, China Announce Emissions Targets
11_November 2014: The US and China have released a joint announcement on climate change on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Beijing, China. continued...
 
UN Regional Commissions Issue Joint Statement for Accelerated Sustainable Energy Transition
Read More: UN Regional Commissions Issue Joint Statement for Accelerated Sustainable Energy Transition
7_November 2014: At the Fifth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, the Executive Secretaries from the UN Regional Commissions signed a joint statement calling on their respective Member States to spur a faster transition to sustainable and fair energy. The statement focuses on three areas for improvement, namely, energy efficiency, renewable energy and access to modern energy services. continued...
 
APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management
Read More: APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management
10_November 2014: The 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting released a Joint Statement addressing the advancement of economic integration; promotion of innovative development, economic reform and growth; and strengthened comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development, among other issues. continued...
 
UNCTAD Reports on State of Biofuels Market
Read More: UNCTAD Reports on State of Biofuels Market
4_November 2014: Biofuels account for 1% of global energy use, according to a report published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The report, titled 'The State of the Biofuels Market: Regulatory, Trade and Development Perspectives,' offers a snapshot of the biofuels market and its contribution to energy access and improved livelihoods in developing countries. continued...
 
UNDP Releases Guidance on Rural Electrification NAMA
Read More: UNDP Releases Guidance on Rural Electrification NAMA
30_October 2014: The UN Development Programme's (UNDP) MDG Carbon has released a Guidance Paper that describes a model approach for financing the development, implementation and operation of a sector-wide programme for renewable energy rural electrification as a nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA). continued...
 
EU Allocates €647 for Europe's Energy Security
Read More: EU Allocates €647 for Europe's Energy Security
29_October 2014: European Union (EU) member States have agreed to allocate €647 million to support
 infrastructure projects through the EU Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which finances projects that 'fill the missing links in Europe's energy, transport and digital backbone.' The infrastructure projects are expected to increase Europe's energy security, and
 contribute to completing a European energy market and integrating renewables in the electricity grid. continued...
 
IRENA Invites 'Energy Enthusiasts' to Join Global Atlas Virtual Advisory Network
Read More: IRENA Invites 'Energy Enthusiasts' to Join Global Atlas Virtual Advisory Network
5_November 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has issued a call for individuals interested in renewable energy to join its 'Global Atlas Virtual Advisory Network.' The network will support the upcoming release of IRENA's 'Global Atlas 2.0,' and participants will have the opportunity to be the first public users to test the new Atlas. continued...
 
Local Renewables Conference Calls for Energy-Productive Cities
Read More: Local Renewables Conference Calls for Energy-Productive Cities
24_October 2014: The 6th Local Renewables Conference, organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, gathered more than 30 experts to discuss the role of cities and regions in transitioning to sustainable energy. continued...
 
US DOE Supports Sustainable Energy for Remote Grids in Indonesia
Read More: US DOE Supports Sustainable Energy for Remote Grids in Indonesia
15_October 2014: The joint US-Indonesia Sustainable Energy for Remote Indonesian Grids (SERIG) project held a workshop to explore renewable energy opportunities for remote grids in the country. The workshop, held on 1 October in Jakarta, Indonesia, prepared the ground for a forthcoming Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Indonesian utility company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN). continued...
 
Federated States of Micronesia Installs Solar Systems with Support from Japan
Read More: Federated States of Micronesia Installs Solar Systems with Support from Japan
14_October 2014: The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has reported on progress in the installation of grid-connected solar systems in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund-sponsored project will see a total of 800 kWp (kilowatt peak) installed on the four islands of FSM. continued...
 
NGO Report Evaluates MDB Energy Investments
Read More: NGO Report Evaluates MDB Energy Investments
October_2014: The Sierra Club and Oil Change International have released a report highlighting shortcomings in the multilateral development banks' (MDBs) efforts to align energy lending with the International Energy Agency's (IEA) projections for ending energy poverty. continued...
 
LLDCs Conference Adopts 10-Year Programme of Action
Read More: LLDCs Conference Adopts 10-Year Programme of Action
5_November 2014: The Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) adopted a Programme of Action for LLDCs for the Decade 2014-2024 that holistically addresses LLDCs' special development needs and challenges. The outcome document (A/CONF.225/L.1) focuses on six priorities: transit policy issues; infrastructure development and maintenance, including on transport, energy and information and communications technology (ICT); international trade and trade facilitation; regional integration and cooperation; structural economic transformation; and means of implementation. continued...
 
Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
IEA Sustainable Buildings Workshop Paris, Ile-De-France, France 12 Nov - 13 Nov
AFRICEF-3 Financing Forum Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa 13 Nov
Emerging Issues in Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Washington D.C., US 13 Nov
Energy for All: International Workshop on Output-Based Aid - Addressing Energy Access for the Poor through Financial Innovation Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 13 Nov
Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum 2014 Paris, Ile-De-France, France 13 Nov - 14 Nov
Powering Africa: Tanzania Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania 13 Nov - 14 Nov
G20 Leaders' Summit 2014 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 15 Nov - 16 Nov
Promoting a Scientific Culture Towards Responsible Energy Use in Educational Environments Lima, Peru 16 Nov - 18 Nov
KISR-IRENA Joint Technical Training on Resource Assessment Kuwait City, Al Asimah, Kuwait 16 Nov - 20 Nov
Conference on EU Energy Union Brussels, Belgium 17 Nov
UNECE Sustainable Energy Week Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 17 Nov - 21 Nov
Africa Mini Grids Summit 2014 Nairobi, Kenya 18 Nov - 19 Nov
Urban Future Global Conference Graz, Steiermark (Styria), Austria 18 Nov - 19 Nov
IFPRI Workshop on Biofuels and Food Security Interactions Washington D.C., US 19 Nov - 20 Nov
Green Building Procurement and Investment: An EU Approach to Sustainability Data Brussels, Belgium 20 Nov
 
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