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EEA Assesses European Van Fleet Efficiency [viewed]

EEA21 May 2014: Preliminary data released by the European Environment Agency (EEA) indicate that new vans sold in 2013 averaged 173.3 g of CO2 per kilometer, exceeding a goal of 175 g by 2017.

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EU Forest Strategy Endorsed [viewed]

eu-forest europe19 May 2014: The Council of the Europe Union has endorsed the 2013 'A new EU Forest Strategy: For forests and the forest-based sector,' and has released its 'Conclusions adopted by the Council.' The conclusions refer to the Oslo Ministerial Declaration on European Forests 2020 and to criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management (SFM) developed by FOREST EUROPE.

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EU ETS Emissions Fall, Allowance Surplus Grows in 2013 [viewed]

European Union 14 May 2014: Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions capped under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) fell by an estimated 3% in 2013, to slightly under 1.9 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), according to the European Commission. During the same period, the cumulative surplus in emission allowances grew to over 2.1 billion tons CO2e, from 2.0 billions tons CO2e at the end of 2012.

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EU, GIZ Support Climate Resilience, Energy Security in the Pacific [viewed]

giz-eu9 May 2014: The EU and the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) have signed an agreement to support 15 Pacific island countries in adapting to climate change impacts through sustainable livelihoods and in reducing their dependence on fossil fuels. The €18.6 million agreement will fund the first of a three-part, €35 million programme on ‘Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy' (ACSE), designed to promote energy security at all levels.

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Informal Climate Ministerial Outlines Expectations for 2015 Agreement [viewed]

European Union 30 April 2014: Connie Hedegaard, Member of the European Commission in Charge of Climate Action, and Tine Sundtoft, Norwegian Minister for Climate and Environment, co-chaired an informal climate ministerial roundtable to discuss key aspects of the 2015 climate change agreement and ways to raise pre-2020 ambition.

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April 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-ifad-afdb-eu30 April 2014: During the month of April, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank, and the European Commission announced funding for several climate-related projects or initiatives. In addition, AfDB released its 2013 Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Annual Report.

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European Cars Meet Fuel Efficiency Targets, EEA Reports [viewed]

EEA30 April 2014: According to the European Environment Agency (EEA), new cars sold in the EU in 2013 were 4% more fuel efficient than cars sold in 2012 and 10% more efficient than those sold in 2010. The 2013 average fuel efficiency for new cars of 127g carbon dioxide per km put the EU ahead of the EEA's 2015 legal target of 130g carbon dioxide per km, well along the way to the 95g carbon dioxide per km mandated for 2021.

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Event: High-Level Policy Conference at EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2014 [viewed]

The High-Level Policy Conference of EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), organized by the European Commission, will gather representatives from all levels of government, academia, civil society and the private sector to discuss energy in Europe. The focus this year will be on topics key to achieving the EU's 2020 climate and energy targets on climate change, renewables, energy efficiency. Specifically, topics for the 2014 event will include: energy efficiency in buildings, products, industry and transport; renewables for electricity, heating and cooling; transport fuels; energy markets including electricity and gas grid issues, the internal energy market and support schemes; local and regional energy planning; financing; and energy beyond 2020. Twitter: @euenergyweek.  

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EU, Africa Leaders Stress Action on Climate Change [viewed]

4th European Union EU-Africa Summit4 April 2014: Delegates at the 4th European Union (EU)-Africa Summit adopted a Declaration that outlines commitments on peace and security, prosperity and people, including action on climate change. Leaders also agreed on a EU-Africa Ministerial Statement on Climate Change at a ministerial climate seminar, which took place in advance of the Summit.

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UN Secretary-General Urges Action on Climate Change at Brussels Meetings [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw3 April 2014: In a series of meetings in Brussels, Belgium, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of EU-UN cooperation on climate change. In particular, Ban participated in the Greening Europe - Policy Spotlight 'On the Road to Paris 2015: Towards a New Global Climate Deal,' organized by Friends of Europe.

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