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New Climate Economy Highlights Benefits of Energy Efficiency Standards [viewed]

the_new_climate_economy5 November 2015: The New Climate Economy reports that raising energy efficiency standards around the world could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 6.9 gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) per year by 2030. Exceeding the current annual emissions of the US, such reductions would also provide economic savings in appliances, buildings, industry and transport. The research appears in a working paper, titled ‘Raising Energy Efficiency Standards to the Global Best,' which provides recommendations for raising energy efficiency standards in G20 countries and globally.

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Montreal Protocol Parties Set Roadmap for HFC Amendment [viewed]

Delegates huddle outside the plenary room on the last day of MOP 278 November 2015: The 27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 27) adopted decisions on essential-use exemptions (EUEs) and critical-use exemptions (CUEs), and a Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) report on alternatives to ozone depleting substances (ODS), among other substantive and procedural decisions. Following protracted negotiations, Parties also agreed to a road map for negotiating an amendment on the feasibility and ways of managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum Issues Ministerial Communiqué [viewed]

L-R: L-R: Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia, and CSLF Ministerial Co-Chair, and Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, US, and CSLF Ministerial Co-Chair, and Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, US, and CSLF Ministerial Co-Chair 7 November 2015: The Ministerial Conference of the sixth Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) issued a Communiqué that calls for accelerating carbon capture and storage (CCS) deployment through strong global commitments and supportive government policies. The Ministerial Communiqué also stresses that "more needs to be done to bring CCS to the marketplace."

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UNEP Emissions Gap Report: 2°C Goal Still Within Reach [viewed]

UNEP6 November 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published its sixth edition of its 'Emissions Gap Report' ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The report assesses the 119 intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) that have been submitted by 146 countries as of 1 October 2015, representing approximately 88% of global emissions. As previous editions, it then compares the resulting emission levels in 2030 with what is required by science to be on track towards the agreed target of a global average temperature increase below 2°C by 2100. The report notes that, while the implementation of INDCs will limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030, the expected Paris agreement can still encourage further action to achieve the 2°C goal.

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Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action Registers 2,245 Commitments [viewed]

UNFCCC Lima and Paris Climate Change Conferences6 November 2015: The UN, the French and Peruvian Governments, and businesses have added a total of 2,245 commitments to the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) portal, launched in 2014 by the Peruvian Presidency of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC. The information released brought the total number of commitments registered in the NAZCA portal to 6,649.

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Fiji Submits INDC [viewed]

Fiji Flag5 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Fiji has formally submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 157. Fiji's INDC is specific to the national energy sector, where it aims to achieve a 30% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions compared to a business-as-usual (BAU) scenario by 2030.

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Event: Earth To Paris—Le Hub [viewed]

Convening on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015, 'Earth To Paris—Le Hub' will provide the opportunity for cross-sector, solutions-oriented engagement in climate change conversations around the Paris Conference, and a platform for amplifying the conversation across social and digital media. Experts, advocates, business and other leaders will discuss solutions to climate change, while participants around the world will be able to participate through multi-language livestreamed video and real-time interactions across multiple social media platforms. The hashtag for the event is #EarthToParis. Speakers will include: Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris; Helen Clark, Administrator, UN Development Programme (UNDP); Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF); and Irina Bokova, Director-General, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The first day of ‘Earth To Paris—Le Hub' will convene at the Petit Palais and the second day will be held at UNESCO headquarters. Earth To Paris is a coalition of partners helping to increase awareness about the connection between people and planet, and the need for strong climate action.  

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China, France Call for Comprehensive Stocktaking of GHG Emissions Cuts Every Five Years [viewed]

france_china2 November 2015: Meeting less than a month before the Paris Climate Change Conference, French President François Hollande and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed that the outcome expected in Paris should include provisions for a five-year review of progress toward reaching long-term emissions goals. The Presidents released a statement following the meeting, explaining that "the results of this stocktake will inform parties in regularly enhancing their actions in a nationally determined manner."

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BASIC Ministers Commit to Ambitious Paris Agreement [viewed]

Flag of China31 October 2015: The Ministers from the BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) have reiterated their commitment to reaching an equitable, ambitious, comprehensive, balanced and durable agreement in Paris through a transparent, inclusive and party-driven process. In their joint statement, the Ministers call for accelerating textual negotiations on the basis of “the revised non-paper” issued by the UNFCCC on 23 October 2015.

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CEM Predicts Huge Growth in Off-Grid Appliance Market [viewed]

Clean Energy Ministerial29 October 2015: According to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), the global market for off-grid appliances is expected to experience “rapid, significant growth," with consumer spending on off-grid fans, televisions and refrigerators increasing from US$525 million in 2015 to a possible US$4.7 billion in 2020. The research also highlights challenges that must be overcome in order for the market's potential to be fully realized, in regard to energy efficiency, finance, tariffs and taxes, distribution, consumer awareness and customer service.

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