News from South East Asia and the Pacific (October 09)

Find below the most interesting news from the last month from South East Asia and the Pacific:

Clean Diesel Opportunities in Pacific Island Countries
ReEx Capital Oceania prepared a report on the promotion of clean diesel efficiency technologies and fuel switching to biofuels (CNO), including: Catalyst and other efficiency improvements technologies, including wasteheat-to-energy and biofuels. >> please click here for the report

World Challenge 2009 – your vote counts!
World Challenge 2009 World Challenge 09 is a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level. World Challenge 09 is about championing and rewarding projects and business which really make a difference. The finalists of World Challenge 2009 will be profiled on BBC World News in six 30 minute programmes. You can vote for your favourite project/business on the website. Voting is open until midnight (GMT) on 13th November 2009. >> vote now

Implementing CDM Projects: A Guidebook to Host Country Legal Issues
This publication was authored by leading lawyers from Baker & McKenzie’s Global Environmental Markets Practice over the last 18 months. It primarily targets project developers and climate policymakers in developing countries, but it is of equal interest to carbon investors. The Guidebook explains through case studies how domestic laws and regulatory frameworks in CDM Host Countries interact with the international rules on carbon trading, and how they can be enhanced to facilitate the implementation and financing of CDM projects. >> download the Guidebook here

ADB approves renewable energy grant for Pacific region
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a technical assistance grant to help design and deliver renewable energy products to the Pacific region. The Bank approved a USD 3 million grant for the development of small pilot projects in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. >> read more

World Bank to provide USD 202 million loan to Vietnam for clean energy projects
The World Bank (WB) will provide USD 202 million for Vietnam to implement a renewable energy development project between now and 2013. An agreement to this effect was signed between the Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) Nguyen Van Giau and the WB’s Director in Vietnam, Victoria Kwakwa in Hanoi on June 16. Under the agreement, the project, capitalised at USD318 million in total, aims to provide more renewable electricity for the national grid to ensure Vietnam’s social development and protect the environment. >> read more

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