REEEP SEAP welcomes a new staff member

Daphné Barbotte, from France, joined REEEP SEAP on 2 July 2010. Currently studying Political Science, she will stay with REEEP for a 9-month internship as a Junior Policy and Communication Officer.

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REEEP: 5 years, 129 projects, 2 types of lessons to harvest

For REEEP's anniversary, the Energy for Sustainable Development Journal synthesised the key lessons learned from REEEP's 129 projects moved to implementation.

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REEEP keynote at First Asia Solar Energy Forum

REEEP's Director General highlighted the current situation regarding renewable energies and energy efficiency in Asia, renewing REEEP's support towards future project developments "both in the region itself, and around the world".

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REEEP project leaders convene in Rio

Some 45 key movers from REEEP's seventh programme cycle consisting of governments, financial institutions, industry and civil society from over 20 countries gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the third REEEP Project Leaders Meeting on 8-9 July 2010.

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Bianca Jagger calls for a "Copernican revolution" at the annual REEEP Wilton Park Conference

Together with key energy regulators and policy-makers from some 27 countries from Italy to India, Ms. Jagger - the human rights, social justice and climate change advocate - tackled the need for transition to a low carbon economy. The three-day Wilton Park conference from 21-24 June 2010 zeroed in on the specific challenges of renewable energy regulation, looking at five key questions in detail.

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REEEP's compendium of best practices: how the US can teach us about Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Despite being the only developed country which has not ratified the Kyoto protocol, the USA seems to have many good practices on renewable energy and energy efficiency to teach the world.

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IRENA has been officially established

On 8 July 2010, the International Renewable Energy Agency IRENA entered into force, having been ratified by 29 countries of its 149 signatories. IRENA is aiming to become the global voice for renewable energy, by assisting its Member States to define their strategy across the fields of all renewable energies.

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June Special Forum Energy Ministers Meeting on Pacific energy security

Concerned about the impact of energy prices on Pacific economies, Energy ministers gathered urgently in Brisbane to examine which ways in which Pacific Island countries can achieve greater energy security.

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Tackling energy security in the Pacific

Energy officers, national planning experts and utility representatives from the Pacific Islands and Territories met in Nouméa, New Caledonia to discuss SPC's role in the energy sector and agree on a new Framework for Action on Energy Security in the Pacific (FAESP).

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Tonga Energy Road Map completed

Along with its development partners, Tonga has completed the final draft of the Tonga Energy Road Map (TERM). The Government's main goal is to reduce Tonga's dependency on fossil fuels by 50% by 2012, comprising of a series of measures including renewable energies and energy efficiency.

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Tonga Energy Road Map: What does it mean for the Tongan tourism industry?

A meeting was held in Nuku'alofa to discuss ways in which the Tongan tourism industry can benefit from the recent Tonga Energy Road Map.

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Marshall Islands and Columbia Law School Center tackling Climate Change Law

The drowning of Island Nations is becoming a burning issue related to climate change. In order to tackle it properly, the Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law will be convening a conference at Columbia Law School in the spring of 2011. Legal scholars and practitioners from around the world are invited to come together to explore and examine this issue. Those wishing to write papers for the conference are to submit abstracts by 1 September 2010.

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Discussions about implementation of the Mauritius Strategy

At the 18th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 18), delegates drew on the Secretary General's report to define a framework for the Cancun Climate Change Conference (November 2010). One of the main suggestions consisted in the establishment of SIDS (Small Island Developing States) as a special category within the UN system.

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A new association for sustainable energy in the Pacific gets the green light

A new association for sustainable energy in the Pacific will deliver greater support to the clean energy players in countries such as the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tonga and Tuvalu, while helping to raise the standard of local installations in the process.

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Making Fiji a low-carbon tourism destination

According to may 2009 World Economic Forum report Towards a Low Carbon Travel and Tourism Sector, "tourism destinations that proactively work on sustainability initiatives will be better positioned than their competitors to survive".

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REEEP Low Carbon Tourism invited to deliver key note international address at this year's Fiji Tourism Forum (FTF)

Joining the sustainability journey of "Environment and Economy", a presentation will be made on Friday 20 August 2010 in line with the Forum's topic of "Tourism: Inspiring Fiji's future - stepping forward into tomorrow".

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Barefoot Power Lamp

The Barefoot Power Lamp provides a small compact LED light that is bright enough to read by, simple and robust so that it needs very little maintenance, and is powered with a detachable solar cell. Barefoot Power presented on New Inventors in July. >> Watch the New Inventors episode about the Barefoot Power Lamp.

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Thailand's new solar plant system

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved investment in a 73-megawatt solar power plant in central Thailand. The plant will be central to Thailand's efforts to generate much more of its energy from domestic, renewable sources.

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Indian women's self-help group becoming solar entrepreneur

In a tangible example of how REEEP project funding helps to make a difference to poor households at the micro-level, a women's self-help group (SHG) in the Chittur district of India's Andhra Pradesh is becoming a solar entrepreneur, providing solar-powered lighting points for street vendors.

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GERES Cambodia's improved cook stove project reaches 1 million stoves

By combining a traditional, local stove design with a modern knowledge of combustion and thermal exchange, GERES managed to improve Cambodians' lives while preserving the environment.

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Microfinance Training for Pacific Islanders

Five representatives from the Reserve or Central Banks in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and two representatives from microfinance institutions in Fiji will be the first group of Pacific Islanders to attend the Boulder Institute of Microfinance training that will be held in Turin, Italy from 19 July to 6 August 2010.

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APEC's request for proposals

The APEC Expert Group on Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EGEE&C) is requesting proposals for their Mapping Exercise of Energy Efficient Products project. Deadline for submission 30 July 2010.

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ADB invests in Clean Development Fund for the Greater Mekong subregion

ADB aims at investing in at least 10 clean energy and environment projects by 2014, through the Mekong Brahmaputra Clean Development Fund.

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UNECE Energy Efficiency Project to establish investment fund

The Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation of the UN Economic Commission for Europe agreed to establish a UNECE-sponsored private-public partnership investment fund for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

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Barefoot Power wins product award prizes at international off-grid lighting conference

Barefoot Power won product awards in all tested categories for off-grid lighting products in a competition at an international conference on off-grid lighting held in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference was organized by the Lighting Africa program of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is part of the World Bank Group.

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