Chemicals & Wastes

UNFCCC Releases Review of Luxemburg's GHG Inventory [viewed]

17 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the annual submission of Luxembourg submitted in 2011 (FCCC/ARR/2011/LUX).

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North American Leaders Commit to Cooperation on Energy, Chemicals and Climate [viewed]

2 April 2012: The North American Leaders Summit met in Washington DC, US, on 2 April, with the aim of advancing the economic well-being, safety and security of the US, Mexico, and Canada. The key outcome of the Summit was the Joint Statement by North American Leaders, which detailed North American cooperation on issues including energy, chemicals and climate change.

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Shortlist for 2014 European Green Capital Award Released [viewed]

12 April 2012: The European Commission has announced that out of 18 applicants for the 2014 European Green Capital award, Bristol, Copenhagen and Frankfurt have been named as finalists. The award is presented annually to a city that represents “the vanguard of environmentally friendly urban living,” with cities being judged, inter alia, on: climate change contributions; transport; sustainable land use; nature and biodiversity; air quality; water production and management; water consumption and treatment; sustainable employment; and energy performance.

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Draft Ramsar COP 11 Resolutions Released [viewed]

6 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has announced that, following the approval by the Standing Committee of the draft resolutions for consideration by the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP 11), the Secretariat has finalized and translated all the draft resolutions into the three Convention languages (English, French and Spanish).

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World Bank and GEF Support Dioxin Control in the Pulp Industry and Smart-Transport in City Clusters in China [viewed]

World Bank - GEF29 March 2012: The World Bank has approved two Global Environment Facility (GEF) grants totaling US$19.8 million to support reduction of dioxins from the pulp and paper industry and promote eco-transport development in city clusters in China.

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KfW Grants CAF Credit Line on Climate Change and Clean Energy [viewed]

18 March 2012: The German Development Bank (KfW) has granted the Latin American Development Bank (CAF) a US$195 million line of credit for projects contributing to climate change mitigation.

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CAF Promotes Use of Carbon Footprint in Bolivia [viewed]

15 March 2012: The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) presented the results of its 11-month project to promote and disseminate the Bolivian technical standard on carbon footprints by helping nine companies and three environmental NGO projects calculate and validate emission levels through voluntary application of the standard.

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Indonesia Partners with UNDP, Japan to Reduce ODS [viewed]

26 March 2012: A press release issued by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) describes a public-private partnership between Indonesia, Japan, and Japanese air conditioner companies helping Indonesia develop an environmentally sustainable and climate-friendly air-conditioning industry.

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Event: GEF STAP Meeting [viewed]

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will hold its next meeting in conjunction with the Planet Under Pressure Conference. At its meeting, STAP will seek to address the following objectives, among other tasks: define new additions to its work programme, drawing conclusions in part from the Planet Under Pressure Conference; present and discuss preliminary findings from its review of the GEF targeted research policy; and prepare for the fifth overall performance study of the GEF.  

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UNEP Report Calls for Urgent Support to Mongolia's Reindeer Herders [viewed]

UNEP26 March 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled “Changing Taiga: Challenges for Mongolia's Reindeer Herders,” which calls for urgent support for Mongolia's reindeer herders.

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