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today12 Dec 2011

Rio +20 – Building our common future

Rio +20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), is due to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 4 to 6 June, 2012.  Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, and ten years after the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, the UN is again bringing together governments, international institutions and major groups, including business, academia, non-governmental organisations, trades unions, community groups and others, to agree on a range of smart measures that can reduce poverty while promoting decent jobs, clean energy and a more sustainable and fair use of resources.  Rio +20 is billed as a historic opportunity to define pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all; a chance to move away from business-as-usual and to act to end poverty, address environmental destruction and build a bridge to the future.
today6 Aug 2012

Global trial points to energy-saving LED street lighting

At Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio, Brazil, in June, the UN Global Compact Corporate Sustainability Forum released the results of an independent global trial of LED street lighting undertaken in 12 of the world’s largest cities.  The LightSavers trial found that the use of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) in street lighting can generate energy savings as high as 85%. The programme also indicates that citizens of the pilot cities where the trial was conducted prefer LED lighting, citing the social and environmental benefits associated with it.