EU

EC President-Elect Appoints Climate and Energy Commissioner [viewed]

European Union 10 September 2014: President-elect of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has announced the composition and organization of work for the next European Commission. In the new structure, six Vice-Presidents will lead Project Teams and steer and coordinate the work of Commissioners. A Project Team on the ‘Energy Union' will be led by Alenka Bratušek (Slovenia). Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete (Spain) will be in charge of both Climate Action and Energy policy.

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August 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

ebd.eib.adb.worldbank.afdb31 August 2014: During the month of August, 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 Albania, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Viet Nam.

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Event: WOC Business Forum Workshop: 'Changing Oceans and Industry Futures' [viewed]

In conjunction with the World Ocean Council (WOC) Business Forum on Ocean Policy and Planning, WOC and the EU 'Ocean Certain' research project are organizing a workshop under the theme, 'Changing Oceans and Industry Futures: How Will Changes to Ocean Properties and Processes Affect Ocean Business?'. Fifteen ocean industry representatives will gather to give input to the research project, engage in participatory mapping of the industry, construct a future scenario and learn how the 'Ocean Certain' project will move forward with the insights gained at the workshop. The objectives of the event are both to inform industry representatives of the changes in ocean properties, processes and systems and to hear industry members' views on how these changes will affect their business.  

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EEA Updates Climate Change Indicators [viewed]

EEA6 August 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published 13 climate change indicators, updating information included in its 2012 assessment 'Climate Change, Impacts and Vulnerability in Europe.' According to EEA, the period 2004-2013 was Europe's warmest decade on record, and many global trends, such as sea level rise, warming oceans, and shrinking snow cover, are having significant impacts on the continent.

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EC Proposes 30% Energy Saving Target for 2030 [viewed]

European Union 23 July 2014: A communication from the European Commission (EC) proposing a new energy saving target of 30% for 2030 calls for energy efficiency to become an integral part of the EU's policy framework for climate and energy from 2020 to 2030. The communication also reviews progress towards the EU's 20% energy efficiency target for 2020.

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ILO Calls for Engagement of Labor Sector in Green Economy [viewed]

ilo-eu18 July 2014: At a Joint Meeting of EU Environment and Labor ministers, hosted by the Government of Italy, the International Labour Organization (ILO) urged the ministers to align their policies on sustainable development. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said a deliberate shift to a greener economy could promote job creation and help mitigate climate change.

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European Commission Quantifies Cost of Climate Impacts [viewed]

European Union 25 June 2014: Climate change-related damage could cost the EU €190 billion or more unless further climate action is taken, according to a study by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). The study seeks to quantify the biophysical impacts of climate change on household welfare and economic activity by examining climate impacts on ten sectors in five EU regions through a broad set of climate model simulations.

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EEA Highlights Employment, Innovation Benefits of a Green Economy [viewed]

EEA15 July 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report, titled 'Resource-efficient green economy and EU policies,' which describes a range of policies with environmental and economic benefits that can help Europe create jobs and encourage innovation.

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WTO Members Launch Talks on Environmental Goods [viewed]

World Trade Organization (WTO)8 July 2014: Thirteen States and the EU, which together account for 86% of global trade in environmental goods, have announced the launch of plurilateral negotiations for an Environmental Goods Agreement under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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EC Awards €1 Billion to Demonstrate Low-Carbon Technologies [viewed]

European Union8 July 2014: The European Commission (EC) has announced the results of the second call for proposals under the New Entrants' Reserve 300 programme (NER 300), which is funded from the sale of 300 million emission allowances. The EC awarded one billion euro funding to 19 renewable energy projects for demonstration activities. A carbon capture and storage (CCS) project was selected for the first time under the programme.

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