EU

European Commission Launches Sustainable Growth Initiative [viewed]

26 January 2011: The European Commission has launched "A resource-efficient Europe: Flagship initiative under the Europe 2020 Strategy," which set out its views on a strategic framework towards a more sustainable use of natural resources and the shift towards resource-efficient, low-carbon growth in Europe.

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Consolidated Urban Dialogue Adopts Brussels Urban Declaration [viewed]

7 February 2011: The European Parliament, the European Commission and the UN-Human Settlements Programe (UN-HABITAT), with the support of the Hungarian Presidency of the EU, hosted the high-level Consolidated Urban Dialogue Meeting with the EU Partners at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, on 26 January 2011.

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AU Commission's December Newsletter Focuses on Cancun [viewed]

February 2011: The African Union Commission (AUC) has released its December 2010 newsletter, titled "AUC News," which focuses on activities and events of the African Group during the Cancun Climate Change Conference, as well as reports on other high-level meetings held in the African region.

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European Commission Calls for Regional Investments in Sustainable Growth [viewed]

27 January 2011: The European Commission has issued a Communication titled "Regional Policy Contributing to Sustainable Growth in Europe 2020," urging the use of EU regional policy funds to finance sustainable growth projects.

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Transactions on EU Emission Trading System Suspended [viewed]

25 January 2011: The European Commission has suspended transactions, except for allocation and surrender of allowances, in all EU Emission Trading System (ETS) national registries from 19 January 2011 until at least 26 January 2011, due to recurring security breaches in national registries over the period December 2010-January 2011.

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European Expert Group Report on Future Fuels Released [viewed]

25 January 2011: The first comprehensive report on future fuels covering the whole transport sector in Europe has been released. The report was prepared by a European expert group, and concludes that alternative fuels have the potential to gradually replace fossil energy sources and make transport sustainable by 2050 in the EU.

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WTO Members Address Environmental Issues within the Doha Mandate [viewed]

19 January 2011: An informal meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Committee on Trade and Environment in Special Session (CTESS) met on 10-14 January 2011,  and WTO members reviewed the various proposals on the table covering the Doha mandate related to environment.

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ECOWAS' ECREEE Releases Second Newsletter [viewed]

1 January 2011: The Economic Community Of West African States' (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has published its second quarterly newsletter, providing updates on projects and describing the outcomes of workshops, business forums and conferences.

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European Commission Releases Communication on Carbon Market Oversight [viewed]

21 December 2010: The European Communication has released a communication on carbon market oversight, as a first step towards the possible formulation of a legislative proposal in 2011.

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European Commission Releases Methodologies for Estimating Shipping Emissions [viewed]

20 December 2010: The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has published a report aiming to provide the first comprehensive overview of methodologies for estimating air emissions from shipping, which describes technological solutions and analyzes policy options for reducing carbon emissions in the sector.

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