Transport

Event: 64th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) [viewed]

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will meet for its 64th session in London, UK, from 1-5 October 2012. Among other items, the MEPC will consider: matters relating to the implementation of energy efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling regulations; the designation of a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) in the North-eastern Caribbean area of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; market-based measures to address the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs); the availability of fuel oil to meet air pollution requirements; guidelines for the recycling of ships; and sewage treatment plant guidelines.  

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Event: 8th Annual International Congress on Sustainable Transport [viewed]

Co-hosted by the World Resources Institute's center for sustainable transport, EMBARQ, Mexico's Environment Secretariat, the Mexico City government, Walk 21 and others, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), this conference will discuss sustainable transport issues as transport emissions, clean vehicles, climate change, bus rapid transit (BRT) and transport post-Rio+20 under the theme "Step Into the Future".  

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OECD Report Recommends Policies for the Promotion of Green Cars [viewed]

OECDSeptember 2012: A new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), titled "Market Development for Green Cars," analyzes the barriers to the development of the market for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and proposes policies to overcome them.

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IEA Study on Urban Buses Calls for Replacing Fossil Fuels with Efficient Biofuels [viewed]

25 September 2012: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Implementing Agreement on Bioenergy (IEA Bioenergy) has published a new report, titled "Fuel and Technology Alternatives for Buses: Overall Energy Efficiency and Emission Performance," which assesses the emissions reductions potential and fuel efficiency of various fuels for urban buses, and finds that replacing fossil fuels with efficient biofuels is most effective in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission.

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EU Studies the Cost of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Heavy Duty Vehicles [viewed]

24 September 2012: The EU has released a study discussing the marginal cost abatement curves for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions for heavy duty vehicles (HDVs). The study has been released as part of work towards an EU-wide strategy for HDV emissions reductions.

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UN CC:Learn Uganda Workshop Identifies Priority Actions to Strengthen Climate Change Learning [viewed]

UN CC:Learn19 September 2012: The mid-term workshop for the national UN CC:Learn Project in Uganda was held on the theme “Designing Results-based Action to Strengthen Human Resource Capacities to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development."

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BASIC Countries Call for Strengthened Commitments Ahead of Doha [viewed]

21 September 2012: The 12th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change concluded with the adoption of a joint statement in which the leaders reiterate their commitment to a successful outcome of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to take place at the end of 2012, in Doha, Qatar.

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UNCTAD Trade and Development Board Discusses Sustainable Development in Africa [viewed]

UNCTAD20 September: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held the 59th session of the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board, which included a session on the sustainable structural transformation in Africa, highlighting challenges for African countries in making structural changes to their economies, as well as opportunities offered by greening economic growth.

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ADB Finances Road Project with Climate Benefits in India [viewed]

ADB20 September 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced plans to lend an additional $300 million to the Government of India to upgrade a further 254 kilometers of state highways in Bihar, India. As well as upgrading the highway, the ADB will is funding the offset carbon emissions through tree planting.

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EU Mobility Week 2012 Launches Initiative to Accelerate Uptake of New Transport Technology [viewed]

18 September 2012: European citizens are celebrating European Mobility Week 2012 under the theme “moving in the right direction,” to encourage public transport. During the week, the European Commission launched an initiative to coordinate transport research and innovation to accelerate adoption of technologies in Europe. 

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