Atmosphere

UNDP, Colombia Collaborate to Eliminate HCFC Use [viewed]

UNDP2 April 2013: A joint initiative between the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Colombia has eliminated the use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC), an ozone depleting substance (ODS), in Colombia's domestic refrigerator manufacturing industry, replacing them with cyclopentane, a cost effective, flammable hydrocarbon that has low global warming potential (GWP).

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Event: 69th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

During this meeting, members of the Executive Committee for the Multilateral Fund (MLF) will discuss, among other issues: status of contributions and disbursements; the MLF 2013-2015 business plan; programme implementation; project proposals; and the recruitment process for the new Chief Officer of the MLF.  

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IEA 2012 Annual Executive Director's Report Emphasizes Work on Energy Security, Sustainability [viewed]

IEA25 March 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its Executive Director's 2012 Annual Report, a review of the organization's operational and organizational achievements and challenges over the past year. The review highlights shifts in the IEA's strategy and operations, which the Agency has undertaken to reposition itself in line with a new vision centered on energy security in support of economic prosperity and sustainability.

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UNEP and St. Kitts and Nevis Host Caribbean Ozone Officers Meeting [viewed]

UNEP20 March 2013: The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) hosted a discussion of the successes and challenges involved with implementing Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) Phase out Management Plans under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

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Event: 33rd Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

This meeting will consider issues related to the implementation of the Montreal Protocol in preparation for the 25th Meeting of the Parties (MOP25) scheduled to convene in November 2013.  

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Event: 5th Biennial C40 Mayors Summit [viewed]

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is hosting this three-day summit to convene mayors from the world's largest cities with hundreds of urban and climate change leaders for a series of roundtable discussions and working sessions focused on greenhouse gas (GHG) measurements and climate adaptation. New York City Mayor and C40 Chair Michael Bloomberg and Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Parks Tau are leading the event. Started in 2005, C40 is a network of cities around the world looking to take concrete actions local actions for climate change adaptation and mitigation.  

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EEA Report Highlights Shipping's Impact on Air Quality and Climate Change [viewed]

EEA14 March 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a technical report that provides an overview on the state of knowledge on the impact of international shipping in European waters on air quality and climate change. The report calls for addressing both air pollution and greenhouse gases (GHGs) in an integrated manner.

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Discusses Implementation of Municipal Solid Waste Initiative [viewed]

12 March 2013: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) convened a meeting in Vancouver, Canada, to consider ways to reduce short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) emissions like black carbon, methane, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), from solid waste.

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EEA Report Assesses Environmental Pressures from Consumption and Production [viewed]

EEA4 March 2013: In a new report analyzing environmental pressures from production and consumption, the European Environment Agency (EEA) argues that the EU's environmental goals cannot be reached without increased technology improvements, structural economic changes, and behavioral changes.

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EC Releases Guidelines on Financial Incentives for Clean and Energy Efficient Vehicles [viewed]

FAO28 February 2013: The European Commission (EC) has published a Commission Staff Working Document on “Guidelines on Financial Incentives for Clean Energy and Energy Efficient Vehicles.” The document provides guidelines and proposes a common framework for using grants, loans, tax deductions, and other financial incentives to increase the number of clean and efficient vehicles in EU member States.

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