Transport

“Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference Discusses Water and Green Economy [viewed]

23 September 2011: The seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference concluded with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration titled “Save water, grow green!” Through the Declaration, ministers agree to take the lead in the transition to a green economy and to make substantive contributions to the discussions on green economy within the context of sustainable development, poverty alleviation and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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European Commission Launches Public Consultation on Vehicle Emissions [viewed]

21 September 2011: The European Commission has launched a public consultation on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from road transport, with a view to obtaining the views of individuals and organizations on the relevance and impact of proposed strategy and legislation.

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ICAO Announces Phase-Out of Halon-Emitting Fire Extinguishers [viewed]

16 September 2011: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), at the working group meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, announced that it has amended standards related to aircraft operations and airworthiness to phase out halon-emitting fire extinguishers on board.

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IDB Finances Public Transport Infrastructure in Colombian Cities [viewed]

IDB15 September 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved US$320 million in loans to Colombia for the development of public transport system in four cities, focusing on improving public transport and shortening circulation times of public vehicles, thus cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, expected to benefit 800,000 passengers daily.

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EBRD Supports Sustainable Urban Transport Strategy in Poland [viewed]

30 August 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has granted a loan to co-finance the acquisition of new, energy efficient rolling stocks in Poland.

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CDM Seeks Public Input on Methane Emissions Tool and Transit Methodology [viewed]

UNFCCC29 August 2011: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched a call for public input on a draft revised baseline and monitoring methodology for mass rapid transit projects (ACM0016) and a draft revised tool for emissions from solid waste disposal sites.

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Event: Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: A Challenge for Global Ports [viewed]

Organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), this meeting will provide a platform for expert discussions on how best to improve the understanding of climate change impacts on ports and develop effective and appropriate adaptation response measures. It will bring together policy makers and planning authorities, port industry representatives and operators, port users, relevant international organizations, as well as scientists and engineers, to share their insights and discuss relevant issues with a view to identifying: vulnerabilities and risks; associated adaptation requirements; existing best practices, information and data sources; issues requiring further study, including data requirements; and partners and mechanisms for effective collaboration.  

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Event: ICAO Aviation and Sustainable Alternative Fuels Workshop [viewed]

This International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) workshop will provide a forum for information exchange on the state of worldwide activities on sustainable alternative fuels, especially biofuels, for aviation. In addition, the workshop aims to enhance dialogue among member States, financial institutions, fuel producers and operators over project financing for sustainable alternative aviation fuels. Further discussions will focus on, among others: harmonizing life cycle analysis methodologies; sustainability criteria; legal and regulatory frameworks to ensure availability of supply of sustainable alternative fuels for aviation; and the role of sustainable alternative fuels in member States' emissions reduction actions.  

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CDM Project in Egypt Replaces Polluting Taxi Fleet [viewed]

August 2011: The World Bank has provided an update on the Egypt Vehicle Scrapping and Recycling Programme, the first transport Programme of Activities to be registered under the UNFCCC's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), and which is now providing funding for the replacement of old polluting taxi vehicles in Cairo.

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UNFCCC Publishes Fifth National Communication Review Reports for Italy and Poland [viewed]

UNFCCC5 August 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the reports of the in-depth review of the fifth national communications (NC5) of Italy (FCCC/IDR.5/ITA) and Poland (CC/ERT/2011/12). The reviews were conducted by teams of experts nominated from the UNFCCC roster of experts.

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