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Press Release: EU-funded Climate Change, Clean Energy and Urban Water in Africa Initiative Announced

A new EU-funded pilot initiative for market-based clean energy technologies and services deployment for South African municipal water works was launched last week at an EU Pavilion event at COP22. The event was organised by the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the South African Department for Environmental Affairs (DEA), the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and the European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA).

Press Release: REEEP and PFAN Side Event at COP22: Experts stress crucial importance of financing for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in ensuring success of the Paris Agreement

The Panel at the SME financing for NDCs side event

At the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), a panel of experts discussed how innovative financing solutions and closer stakeholder engagement can help developing countries reach and exceed the targets set in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the 2015 Paris Agreement, and how to ensure small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a meaningful and central role in this effort. The panel included high-level representatives from the public and private sector.

COP22 EU Pavilion Event: Climate Change, Clean Energy and Urban Water in Africa

COP22 Side Event Clean Energy Water Africa

This event, organised by UNIDO, the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and REEEP in cooperation with the EU Directorate for Climate Action, will constitute the official launch of the EU-funded pilot initiative for market-based clean energy technologies and services deployment in South African municipal water works.

IRENA and REEEP release new tool to aid in harmonizing and streamlining renewable energy knowledge

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) announced the release of Renewables Tagger, a new extension of the Climate Tagger automated knowledge-cataloguing system. The Renewables Tagger, which will be integrated into IRENA’s REsource knowledge management platform as well as made publicly available at no cost, will contribute to streamlining and improving the global renewable energy knowledge landscape.

C40 Mayors Summit 2016

C40 is a network of more than 80 of the world’s largest cities, committed to collaborating to address climate change through urban action. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks while increasing the wealth and wellbeing of urban residents. In the ten years of the network's existence, C40 cities have taken 10,000 climate actions, and they aim to reduce emissions by 3 gigatons of CO2e by 2020.

REEEP at COP22 in Marrakech

REEEP at COP22 Marrakech

In November 2016, Marrakech will host the Twenty-Second Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 22). After last year’s historic adoption of the Paris Agreement, this meeting will focus mainly on preparing for the entry into force of the agreement. As the official website states: "COP22 will be one of action." REEEP will be organising two side events and participating in a number of others; see the full REEEP at COP calendar below.

Towards a common vocabulary for climate change - part 2: reflections and next steps

As the Open Knowledge Hub project has evolved we’ve seen a number of exciting new ideas and collaborations emerge from among the project partners that really push forward the Open Knowledge agenda.
A good example of this came from a subset of partners with a shared interest in climate knowledge sharing. The project partners – Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) had identified an opportunity to learn from each other to improve how the climate change information they held was being structured and described.  They also recognised that working together to address this issue should not only improve their ability to share their own information effectively but could also make a wider contribution of value to other knowledge brokers in the sector.

Obama Acts

As I write this, Vienna is seeing another week of record high temperatures; 2015 is likely to be the hottest year on record for this usually cool city, and this is of course only one of many hotspots around the globe. Despite the urgent need to take climate action, I confess that I was sceptical about the possibilities for progress at the Paris Climate Change Conference this December. 

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