Chemicals & Wastes

EBRD Invests in Heating Modernization Programme in Kazakhstan [viewed]

EBRD23 May 2012: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is investing in a modernization programme for the district heating infrastructure in Aktau, Kazakhstan, with a view to finance several other municipal projects in the wider Mangystau region.

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European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 Winners Announced [viewed]

24 May 2012: The EU Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik presented the European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 to winners who have made achievements in sustainable development in the areas of management, products and process innovation, international business cooperation, and business and biodiversity. Potočnik lauded the companies for being “green growth in action.”

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World Bank Releases 2012 Little Green Data Book [viewed]

World Bank17 May 2012: The World Bank released its annual book compiling environmental data, which includes information from more than 200 countries relating to agriculture, forests, climate, energy, water, sanitation, and ocean health.

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EEA Report Assesses Progress Towards a Green Economy in Europe [viewed]

EEA16 May 2012: In the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the European Environment Agency (EEA) has produced a publication titled "Environmental Indicator Report 2012." The Report assesses progress within the EU to support the transition to a green economy, and presents established indicators that illustrate progress towards improving resource efficiency and indicators that depict the risk of passing environmental thresholds.

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UNFCCC Publishes Monaco's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

15 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Monaco (FCCC/ARR/2011/MCO), which indicates that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 15.7% between 1990 and 2009, and that the energy sector accounted for 96.3% of total GHG emissions.

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CIFAL Jeju Holds Workshop on Low-Carbon Cities in the Asia Pacific Region [viewed]

4 May 2012: CIFAL Jeju convened a workshop on green growth and low-carbon cities in the Asia-Pacific region, during which participants shared common challenges and good practices in implementing green growth policies.

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Pavilion Showcases UN's Work on "Living Ocean and Coast" at Expo 2012 [viewed]

12 May 2012: The UN Pavilion has opened at the International Exposition 2012 (Expo 2012) in Yeosu, Republic of Korea, under the theme "Oceans and Coasts: Connecting Our Lives, Ensuring Our Future—The Choice is Yours." The Expo is the first international exposition focusing on ocean, coasts and islands in international recognition of their role, and is organized around the overall theme "The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities."

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Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change Calls for Building on Durban [viewed]

EU8 May 2012: An Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change brought together representatives from 30 countries, including from least developed countries (LDCs) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), to build on the achievements of the Durban Climate Change Conference. The meeting, which was hosted by the EU, also provided an opportunity for Ministers to discuss the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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World Bank Sustainability Review Shows Efforts to Reduce Water and Paper Use, Offset Emissions [viewed]

World Bank3 May 2012: The World Bank's Fiscal Year 2011 Sustainability Review highlights the Bank's efforts to reduce water and paper use and offset greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to Bank activities.

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World Bank Publishes Comprehensive Book on Low Carbon Urban Development in China [viewed]

Sustainable Low-Carbon City Development in China3 May 2012: The World Bank published a book titled, “Sustainable Low-Carbon City Development in China,” offering practical lessons to policymakers in China to organize and coordinate sustainable low-carbon urban development.

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