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December 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

Climate Finance Update19 December 2014: During December 2014, finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects was announced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank. Germany, Norway and the UK also reported on funding for projects to be undertaken in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the GEF and IDB released climate-related publications.

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EEA: Focus Energy Policies to Spur Innovation [viewed]

EEA15 December 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report compiling the 582 energy support measures of member States that were in place in 2012 and their probable effects on energy innovation. The report, titled 'Energy Support Measures and Their Impact on Innovation in the Renewable Energy Sector in Europe,' finds that 41% of these measures are associated with renewable energy, while 53% are associated with fossil fuels. The findings of the report suggest support policies could be better focused to drive innovation in renewables.

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EU Ministers Call for Policy Coherence in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

EU16 December 2014: The Council of the European Union (EU) discussed and adopted the conclusions of its Foreign Affairs Council on coordination of international aid efforts in the context of the post-2015 development agenda, highlighting the need to approach the issues in a “truly transformative” manner and to promote policy coherence.

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EuropeAid Event Discusses Regional Cooperation on Climate Change [viewed]

limacop205 December 2014: The European Commission's (EC) Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid) hosted a side event titled 'EUROCLIMA: Joint Latin America-European Union (EU) Regional Responses to Climate Change Challenges' on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The event focused on key results of regional responses to climate change challenges and opportunities for collaboration with Latin America through programmes such as EUROCLIMA.

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UK Environmental Audit Committee Hears Evidence on SDGs, Post-2015 Process [viewed]

UK Parliament2 December 2014: The Environmental Audit Committee of the UK House of Commons conducted a hearing on the Government's priorities and positioning in negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The hearing covered, inter alia, the number of goals, the possibility of an SDG on climate change, and UK representation in the overall post-2015 process.

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European Commission Event Elaborates on EU 2030 Targets [viewed]

limacop203 December 2014: The European Commission (EC) Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA) presented the state of play following the recent adoption of the European Council Conclusions on the 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework, including 2030 targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. The event, held on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference, also looked ahead to next steps, such as implementing new provisions for the European Union (EU) Emissions Trading System (ETS).

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EU-US Energy Council Statement Highlights Climate Change Commitments [viewed]

usa-eu-flag3 December 2014: The EU and the US are committed to leading the fight against climate change, according to a joint statement released by the sixth meeting of the EU-US Energy Council. As outlined in the statement, the Council welcomed the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction commitments of the EU and the US, applauded their respective pledges to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and discussed mobilizing long-term investments in sustainable energy for developing regions.

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EU Parliament Outlines Priorities for Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

europeanparliament27 November 2014: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution defining its collective priorities for the post-2015 development agenda. Priorities include ending poverty and fighting inequalities, a human rights-based approach, and a variety of social, economic, and environmental development issues.

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IEA Recommends Actions toward EU 2030 Climate Targets, Competitiveness, Energy Security [viewed]

IEA1 December 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched a report reviewing the European Union's (EU) energy policies and recommending cost-effective ways to meet the EU's 2030 energy and climate targets. Titled 'Energy Policies of IEA Countries: European Union 2014 Review,' the report assesses the state of renewable energy, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and analyzes the EU's energy security and industrial competitiveness.

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European Parliament Adopts Resolution on Lima Climate Change Conference [viewed]

european-parliament26 November 2014: The European Parliament adopted a resolution stating that the climate change talks being held in Lima, Peru, should pave the way for negotiators to adopt an agreement in 2015 that will limit global average temperatures to warming of less than 2°C. The resolution calls for a 2015 agreement that aims to phase out global carbon emissions by 2050 and reiterates that the European Union (EU) is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050.

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