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Event: Conference on EU Energy Union [viewed]

The European Commission (EC), in cooperation with the Directorate-General for Energy and the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, is organizing a conference under the theme 'How to shape Energy Policy so as to boost European competitiveness?'. The conference aims to analyze how the EU can achieve stable and affordable energy prices, increase industrial competitiveness and simultaneously meet climate and environmental objectives. Topics of discussion will include, inter alia, domestic energy resources, taxes and the EU emissions trading system (ETS). Participants will include high-level representatives of national and European institutions, authorities, industry, research centers, academics, civil society, political decision-makers and industry Chief Executive Officers (CEOs).  

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Western Balkans and Turkey Agree to Develop Regional Early Warning System [viewed]

unisdr.wmo.ec27 October 2014: Representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia and Turkey agreed to establish a region-wide approach to climate change adaptation and disaster resilience at the conclusion of a two-year project, ‘Building Resilience to Disasters in Western Balkans and Turkey.'

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European Council Agrees on 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework [viewed]

European Council24 October 2014: The European Council has endorsed a binding EU target of at least a 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 compared to 1990, and will submit its contribution under the UNFCCC by the first quarter of 2015, in accordance with the timeline agreed at the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19). The target is part of the 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework agreed by the European Council at its meeting on 23-24 October 2014.

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EUROCLIMA Seminar Prepares for Lima [viewed]

Euroclima3 October 2014: The ‘IV Seminario EUROCLIMA' brought together more than 60 participants from Latin American countries, regional organizations from the EU and Latin America, and Spanish Government entities to discuss different aspects of the regional cooperation programme on climate change between the EU and Latin America.

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EEA Report Identifies Triggers for Adaptation Policy [viewed]

EEA14 October 2014: According to a report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), extreme weather events and EU policies are the primary drivers of climate change adaptation policy in Europe. The report, based on a survey of national adaptation authorities, finds that information provision is the most commonly mentioned adaptation policy instrument, and water management is the most prioritized sector for adaptation.

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European Commission Calculates EU Energy Costs and Subsidies [viewed]

EC13 October 2014: The European Commission has released a report that quantifies public interventions in energy markets. As the first study to provide data on energy costs and subsidies for all 28 EU member States and power generation technologies, the report seeks to enhance understanding on the functioning of energy markets and the size and effect of government interventions across the Union.

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EuropeAid Launches Rural Electrification Financing Initiative [viewed]

European Union2 October 2014: In an effort to accelerate rural electrification in developing countries, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid) has launched an ‘Electrification Financing Initiative' (ElectriFI), which aims to generate business opportunities in this area by supporting the private sector.

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September 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

climatefinanceoctSeptember 2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other donors undertook activities and approved funding for sustainable energy projects in various countries, including Albania, Burkina Faso, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Peru and Republic of Congo.

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EEA Study on F-gases Reports Falling Net Supply, Increasing Imports [viewed]

EEA29 September 2014: A report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows that, in 2013, the net supply of fluorinated gases (F-gases) in the EU fell by 1.4% measured in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). While production of the gases decreased, imports increased by 12%. An EU regulation on F-gases, applied from 2015 onwards, will aim to reduce related emissions by two-thirds from 2010 levels, by 2030.

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EU Climate Action Commissioner Hosts Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change [viewed]

European Union 21 September 2014: An Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change, focusing on progress on the UN climate change negotiations, was hosted by EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard. The roundtable was held in the lead-up to other major climate events held in New York, including the 20th meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) and the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit.

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