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EU, US Call for Ambitious Mitigation Contributions from Major Emitters [viewed]

usa-eu-flag26 March 2014: The EU and the US held a Summit in Brussels, Belgium, which concluded with the adoption of a joint statement emphasizing the two countries' "strong partnership." In the statement, the US and the EU call on major economies and significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters to make ambitious mitigation contributions in the 2015 agreement to be adopted in Paris.

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Event: Spring 2014 European Council Meeting [viewed]

The European Council will meet in Brussels, Belgium to discuss: the European Semester; industrial competitiveness; climate and energy; and preparations for the upcoming EU-Africa summit and relations with Africa. The meeting will be chaired by the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy.

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European Commission Launches 'Mayors Adapt' [viewed]

mayorsadapt19 March 2014: The European Commission has announced a new initiative, 'Mayors Adapt,' aimed at building European cities' resilience to climate change. Local authorities joining the initiative will create adaptation plans in support of the EU Adaptation Strategy and review their progress every two years.

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Event: Fourth EU-Africa Summit [viewed]

The Fourth European Union (EU)-Africa Summit will take place under the theme 'Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace'. The Summit is an opportunity to review the EU-Africa partnership, including the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, and to highlight achievements, results and areas for further cooperation, such as on the post-2015 development framework. Participants will discuss: climate change; investment, including ways to create jobs and stimulate growth; migration, including legal and illegal migrant flows between the two continents; peace and security, including how to enhance EU support for African capacities to manage security; and education and training. The Summit is expected to adopt a declaration on EU-Africa relations.  

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EU Environment Council Considers 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework [viewed]

European Union 3 March 2014: The first meeting of the Environment Council of the EU under the Greek Presidency discussed, inter alia: climate change; genetically-modified organisms (GMOs); the Annual Growth Survey 2014, including how to improve the uptake of green economy priorities in national reform programmes; and a clean air programme for Europe.

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EU Supports Climate Adaptation, Sustainable Energy in Pacific Island Countries [viewed]

eu-pifs27 February 2014: The EU has signed a financing agreement with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) to strengthen Pacific island countries' capacity to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change, as well as to enhance their energy security at national, provincial and local levels. 

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European Parliament Tightens Car Emissions Regulations [viewed]

European Union 25 February 2014: The European Parliament has endorsed a new target of 95g carbon dioxide (CO2)/km for 2021, which will be averaged across the entire new car fleet sold in the EU. This is a reduction of 27% compared to the 2015 target of 130g CO2/km.

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EU Energy Consumption Drops 8% Between 2006-2012 [viewed]

European Union 17 February 2014: The EU's Eurostat statistical service has reported that the EU's energy consumption in 2012 dipped to nearly 1990 levels, with renewables and nuclear power making up half of EU energy production in 2012. 

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Africa-EU Energy Partnership Adopts Addis Ababa Communiqué [viewed]

AEEP_logo17 February 2014: The Second High-Level Meeting (HLM) of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) concluded with the adoption of the Addis Ababa Communiqué, which contains key messages and recommendations on achieving the AEEP's 2020 Targets for Africa, and is to be forwarded to African and EU Heads of State and Government at the EU-Africa Summit in April 2014.

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European Commission Analyzes Energy Prices and Costs [viewed]

European Union 22 January 2014: The European Commission has released the 'Energy Prices and Costs Report,' which seeks to inform policy makers on recent energy price increases in Europe and their impact on energy consumers. The report describes the drivers for rising retail energy prices, with a focus on electricity and gas, and analyzes how their prices have evolved in recent years in different EU member States.

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