Transport

This section addresses the ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from travel, including: the reduction of the fossil carbon content of transport fuel; the increase in fuel efficiency of vehicles; the encouragement of a move towards more environmentally friendly forms of transport; and the possible inclusion of transport in emissions trading schemes.

Sustainable Transport Advisory Group Sets Priority Areas, 3-Year Work Plan [viewed]

United Nations18 November 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport has agreed on priority areas and a work plan for its three-year term. The Advisory Group agreed to consider the potential for sustainable transport to contribute to poverty alleviation, sustainable urbanization and sustainable growth, among other topics, and to promote the integration of sustainable transport in relevant intergovernmental processes, including the post-2015 development agenda.

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REN21 Reviews Decade of Renewable Energy Progress [viewed]

REN2110 November 2014:
 The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has launched ‘The First Decade: 2004-2014 – 10 Years of Renewable Energy Progress,' which documents the evolution of renewables since 2004, measures progress by technology and region, examines lessons learned and offers “a vision for the future.”

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IEA World Energy Outlook: 3.6°C Warming, Renewables Overtake Coal by 2040 [viewed]

IEA12 November 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO), which finds that, without a transformative shift in the global energy system, the world is set for warming well beyond 2°C. The report states that, even when the new carbon-constraining policies announced by governments are taken into account, emissions will rise 20% by 2040, putting the world on track for a 3.6°C increase in global average temperatures over the long-term.

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October 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

energy-financeOctober 2014: During the month of October, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and other donors undertook activities and approved funding for sustainable energy projects in, among other countries, Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Comoros, Guyana, Kenya, the Maldives, Mali, Moldova, Morocco, the Netherlands, Romania, Ukraine, Uruguay, Turkey, and Viet Nam.

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CIF Reports on GHG Analysis and Harmonization by MDBs [viewed]

CIF30 October 2014: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Administrative Unit has published an information document on work by multilateral development banks (MDBs) in greenhouse gas (GHG) analysis and harmonization of GHG estimation methodologies. The document is based on biennial reports by the MDBs on: current and planned work in GHG analysis; development and application of methodologies for estimating GHG emissions; and joint work to harmonize GHG estimation methodologies among the MDBs.

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IEA, ADB Identify Energy Efficiency Recommendations for Southeast Asia [viewed]

iea-adb31 October 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have developed a set of policy recommendations that address energy efficiency opportunities, barriers and policy needs in Southeast Asia. The recommendations come in the context of a decade of strong economic growth in Southeast Asia, where countries are now demonstrating increased political will to implement energy efficiency policies to curb the resulting rise in energy demand.

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ICAO Asia-Pacific Seminars Discuss Environmental and Climate Action [viewed]

Icao30 October 2014: The Environment Branch of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) held two environmental capacity-building seminars for the Asia and Pacific (APAC) Region. The regional seminars on ‘International Aviation and Environment' and 'States' Action Plans' were held from 28-29 and 29-30 October, respectively, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and were part of ICAO's support activities to its member States in their efforts to take action on aviation and climate change.

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World Bank Charts Zero-carbon Electricity Pathways for Climate Stabilization [viewed]

World Bank1 October 2014: The World Bank has published a policy research working paper, titled ‘Pathways toward Zero-carbon Electricity Required for Climate Stabilization,' which calculates the carbon content of electricity in a set of existing prospective stabilization scenarios, and shows that near-zero carbon electricity: is required for staying within a global temperature rise range of 2-3°C; can be achieved even if some key technologies are not available; and should occur in every major country or region in the world.

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Event: Third Session of the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport, Trade Logistics and Trade Facilitation [viewed]

The third session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport, Trade Logistics and Trade Facilitation will convene from 24-26 November, under the theme 'Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Transport and Trade Logistics Challenges'. The meeting will focus on SIDS-specific transport-related challenges in light of the outcome of the third International Conference on SIDS, held in September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. Issues to be addressed will include: transport and trade logistics challenges; interlinkages between transport and trade; disaster risks, management and recovery; impacts of climate change on transport infrastructure and related adaption needs; financing as an enabling factor; priority action areas and response measures; and the role of partnerships, partners and collaboration mechanisms. The meeting will be open to participants from government, industry and academia nominated by UNCTAD member states, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), and UNCTAD-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs).  

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New EU Car Fleet Emissions Performance in Line with Targets [viewed]

EEA30 October 2014: According to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA), efficiency of passenger cars and vans in the EU has improved over the past years, and the number of electric cars, albeit still low, is increasing rapidly. The report, which presents data on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from these vehicles, finds that, on average, both passenger cars and vans sold in 2013 were already below the maximum permitted emissions per kilometer threshold set by the European Commission for 2015.

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