EU

European Commission Encourages Certification of Biofuels [viewed]

10 June 2010: To prepare for implementation of the 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive, the European Commission has released three documents on biofuels: a communication on voluntary schemes and default values in the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme; a communication on the practical implementation of the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme and on counting rules for biofuels; and a decision on guidelines for the calculation of land carbon stocks.

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FAO-Backed Bangladeshi Radio Assists Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Sectors [viewed]

8 June 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Bangladeshi Ministry of Agriculture have set up a radio station run by and for people living in remote parts of Bangladesh, to broadcast  information to support those working in the agriculture, fisheries and livestock sectors.

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EU-Pakistan Summit Agrees Five-Year Cooperation Plan [viewed]

4 June 2010: The second EU-Pakistan Summit, which took place on 4 June 2010, in Brussels, Belgium, agreed to set in motion a five-year cooperation plan, with objectives and joint actions to be defined at future regular meetings, including on climate change and energy.

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EEA Publishes Data on EU GHG Emissions [viewed]

2 June 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published the latest EU inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The inventory indicates that emissions fell significantly in 2008  for the fifth consecutive year.

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Africa-France Summit Discusses Climate Change Cooperation [viewed]

1 June 2010: Heads of State and Government from the African continent, representatives of international institutions and European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs took part in the 25th Africa-France Summit, which convened from 31 May-1 June 2010, in Nice, France.

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EU-Russia Summit Identifies Priorities for Modernization Partnership [viewed]

1 June 2010: The EU and the Russian Federation have launched a new partnership for modernization, including on energy and climate change, on the occasion of the 25th EU-Russia Summit, which took place in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on 31 May-1 June 2010.

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Global Climate Change Alliance Regional Conference for Asia Held [viewed]

31 May 2010: Representatives of the EU, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar and Nepal participated in Asia's regional conference of the Global Climate Change Alliance on 30-31 May 2010, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The regional conference took stock of challenges posed by climate change in Asia, focusing on vulnerable countries' specific problems, strategies and response actions, existing financial mechanisms and prospects for reaching an effective global agreement on climate change.

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World Bank Releases Annual Report on State and Trends of the Carbon Market [viewed]

26 May 2010: The World Bank released its annual State and Trends of the Carbon Market report at Carbon Expo in Cologne, Germany, on 26 May. The report indicates that the value of the global carbon market grew six percent, to US$144 billion, in 2009 despite being its most challenging year to date.

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European Commission Publishes Analysis of 30% Reduction Target [viewed]

26 May 2010: The European Commission has released an analysis of the costs, benefits and options for moving beyond the EU's 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target from 20% to 30% below 1990 levels, once the conditions are met.

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ASEAN-EU Summit Discusses Energy and Climate Change Cooperation [viewed]

L-R: Mohamed Bolkiah & Miguel Moratinos26 May 2010: The 18th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting, held in Madrid, Spain, on 26 May 2010, under the theme “Partners in Regional Integration,” addressed climate change and energy cooperation, among other issues.

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