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EEA Reports Recommend Environmental Tax Reform [viewed]

9 January 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released two reports on European Tax Reform (ETR). The reports, titled “Environmental Tax Reform in Europe: Opportunities for Eco-innovation” and “Environmental Tax Reform in Europe: Implications for Income Distribution,” highlight that implementing the ERT could spur eco-innovation, create jobs, and result in environmental benefits, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. 

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Event: Second IRU/EU Road Transport Conference: Efficient Solutions for Making Road Transport Greener [viewed]

Organized by the International Road Transport Union (IRU) in cooperation with the European Commission, and the Danish Presidency of the Council of the EU, this conference will focus on “Efficient Solutions for Making Road Transport Greener”. The conference will focus on the implementable and immediate perspective, as well as a mid- to long-term perspective on where greening will happen through innovations.  

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SPREP Issues First Fact Sheet on Building MEA Capacity in PICs [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)January 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has issued the first fact sheet in a series titled "Building MEA Capacity for Pacific Island Countries." The document is part of an EU project on “Capacity Building Related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries”.

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Global Bioenergy Partnership Publishes Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

16 January 2012:  The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has published a report titled "The Global Bioenergy Partnership Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy," which represents the first global, government-level consensus on sustainability indicators for bioenergy. 

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FAO, EU Fund Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa and South-east Asia [viewed]

16 January 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the European Commission have launched a €5.3 million, three-year project in Malawi, Viet Nam and Zambia to identify challenges and opportunities for climate-smart agriculture and produce strategic plans for each country.

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Conference Highlights Contribution of Overseas Entities to Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change Challenge [viewed]

20 December 2011: A conference on “Islands and Overseas Entities' contribution to biodiversity conservation and the fight against climate change” was held at the European Parliament, and aimed to raise awareness on the importance of overseas entities and islands' assets to take up these challenges.

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EU Court Finds Measures on Aviation Emissions Compatible with International Law [viewed]

21 December 2011: The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has ruled that the EU decision to include the aviation sector in its Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2012, thereby providing that all airlines – including those of third countries – will have to acquire and surrender emission allowances for their flights departing from and arriving at European airports, is lawful under international law.

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Commission Proposes Environment and Climate Funding for 2014-2020 [viewed]

12 December 2011: The European Commission has proposed to allocate €3.2 billion over 2014-2020 to a new programme for the environment and climate action-LIFE, with simpler and more flexible procedures and a significant budget.

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EBDR Promotes Sustainable Energy in Romania [viewed]

12 December 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has selected the ten best projects financed under the joint EU-EBRD programme “Energy Efficiency Finance Facility” to support Romania's energy security strategy, increase energy savings and reduce carbon emissions.

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European Commission Unveils Energy Roadmap 2050 [viewed]

EU15 December 2011: The European Commission has unveiled its Energy Roadmap 2050, which aims to cut emissions by over 80% by 2050 without disrupting energy supplies and competitiveness.

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