Transport

World Bank to Implement Green Truck GEF Project in China [viewed]

13 April 2011: The World Bank approved a Global Environment Facility (GEF) project to demonstrate the local and environmental benefits of green truck technology to over 500,000 truck operators in the Guandong Province of China.

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ITU Launches Green ICT Application Challenge [viewed]

12 April 2011: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has launched a Green Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Application Challenge, which aims at identifying the best and most innovative concept for an application that would help combat climate change. The challenge is open until 17 June 2011.

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Twenty-third Session of UN-HABITAT Governing Council Opens [viewed]

11 April 2011: The 23rd Session of the Governing Council of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT GC 23) opened on 11 April 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya, and will conclude on 15 April. GC 23 is focusing on the theme "Sustainable Urban Development through Expanding Equitable Access to Land, Housing, Basic Services and Infrastructure."

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64th Session of UNECE Commission Focuses on Energy and Transport [viewed]

6 April 2011: The 64th session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which convened from 29-31 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, discussed economic integration and cooperation with a focus on transport and trade infrastructure and energy cooperation.

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UNECE Publishes 2011 Report [viewed]

April 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published its 2011 Annual Report, in which UNECE achievements in 2010 and opportunities in 2011 are summarized.

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EU Introduces Carbon Dioxide Emission Limits for Light Vans [viewed]

31 March 2011: The Council of the EU has adopted the first CO2 emission standards for small vans in the EU, introducing a limit of 175g CO2/km for the average CO2 emissions from light commercial vehicles registered in the EU.

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UN-HABITAT Releases Report on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

29 March 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has released a report titled "Global Report on Human Settlements 2011 – Cities and Climate Change," which indicates that while cities are responsible for the largest proportion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, they provide clear economic and social opportunities for their inhabitants if they are planned sustainably.

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European Commission Adopts Power Sector Rules and Transport 2050 Strategy [viewed]

29 March 2011: The European Commission has issued rules on the transitional free allocation of allowances to the power sector, in preparation for the third phase of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) (2013-20), when the power sector will have to buy its allowances. In addition, it adopted a comprehensive strategy for a competitive transport system.

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Event: Sustainable Transport and Air Quality Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean 2011 [viewed]

This Conference is co-sponsored by the Clean Air Institute (CAI), the Spanish Fund for Latin America & the Caribbean (SFLAC), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, GIZ and the City of Rosario, Governments of Brazil, Mexico and Spain. Participants will discuss “How to Achieve Sustainable Urban Transport?” Among other things, the Conference will examine health and environmental benefits of improving urban transport, emissions inventories and monitoring, use of alternative fuels, carbon financing to improve urban transport, and regional collaborative initiatives in Latin America & the Caribbean. The main conference will be held on 11-13 May. The Conference will be preceded on 9-10 May by training courses organized with the collaboration of GIZ. On 10 May, a high-level meeting will take place with transport and environment authorities, specialists and key stakeholders from leader cities that are transitioning to sustainable transportation, to discuss and advance a regional agenda, and provide technical and political inputs for regional and global transport and climate negotiations.  

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UNESCO Releases Staff Guide to Greening [viewed]

24 March 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched the "Staff Guide to Greening UNESCO," which offers UNESCO staff simple tips to incorporate environmentally-friendly behavior into their work life.

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