No. 5 January 1994

Staff Expansion - Project Completion - New Collaboration

The UNEP Collaborating Centre on Energy and Environment entered its fourth year of existence in October 1993. Three new staff members joined the centre to bring the number of professional staff to seven. In keeping with the policy of the Centre, all the new staff come from outside Denmark, the host country, and three of the centre staff are developing country nationals.

Through its many collaborative projects and activities the Centre has built up a broad network of contacts in the energy-environment field throughout the developing world, as well as with institutes in the industrialized countries. Collaboration between researchers and planners in different regions on issues of common interest helps further the UNEP aim of encouraging greater awareness of the environment in energy policy and planning.

This issue of c2e2 news presents updates on completed projects, new activities, and the status of a major collaborative study of energy and the environment in India. Studies of implementation issues in two developing countries, Zimbabwe and the State of Maharashtra in India, were begun in the latter part of 1993. These projects will study in greater depth some of the important issues revealed in other activities, particularly the GHG Abatement Costing country studies and the Energy-Environment Pilot Study in India. Researchers from the UNEP Centre and local teams will investigate the barriers against implementation of more environmentally benign energy options.

A new phase of development of the LEAP/EDB energy-environment planning framework started in October 1993 and will continue throughout 1994. The enhanced tool will focus on fuel cycle analysis and biomass energy. Software development, data collection and case studies are undertaken by the Boston Centre of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the UNEP Centre in close collaboration.

A major UNEP-sponsored study of energy and environment in the Peoples' Republic of China got under way in June 1993, and the Centre is playing a major coordinating role in collaboration with the executing agency: the National Environmental Protection Agency of China (NEPA).

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