Transport

OECD Report Examines Environmental Effectiveness of Car Fleet Renewal Schemes [viewed]

June 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a report titled “Car Fleet Renewal Schemes: Environmental and Safety Impacts” under the aegis of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI). 

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UNCSD Secretary-General Outlines Eight Priorities for UNCSD [viewed]

13 July 2011: Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), summarized his recent speech in Washington, DC, US, in a new post to his blog. He elaborated on eight “new and emerging challenges” that States and other stakeholders have highlighted for priority attention. The challenges include energy access, green jobs, sustainable agriculture, marine resources and financing.

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Event: Recharging the European Electric Vehicle Market: Meeting Infrastructure and Standardisation Challenges [viewed]

This symposium will seek to move the current electric vehicle debate forward and guide participants through the challenges that lie ahead in the development of a standardized European electric vehicle market, such as Europe-wide charging and electricity infrastructure standardization. The symposium will also consider the implications for city planners of an expanded market-share for electric vehicles, as well as ongoing research and development advances, EU subsidies and improvements to supply from the power grid.  

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IMO Environment Committee Adopts Mandatory GHG Reduction Measures [viewed]

15 July 2011: The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted mandatory measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping, representing the first ever mandatory global greenhouse gas reduction regime for an international industry sector.

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ICAO Journal Focuses on Aviation Market-based Measures [viewed]

15 July 2011: The latest issue of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Journal contains a number of articles on aviation and climate change, including on: national mitigation action plans; mitigation financing; carbon regimes; the New Zealand model of emissions trading; and alternative fuels.

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ESCWA, UNECE Meeting Addresses Transport Emissions Reductions [viewed]

5 July 2011: A meeting of regional and international experts on “Promoting Emissions Reductions in the Transport Sector” was convened by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Africa (ESCWA) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Gas Centre from 5-6 July 2011, in Beirut, Lebanon, to discuss the transport sector's impact on climate change.

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Decision on European Economic Area-wide Historical Aviation Emissions Adopted [viewed]

1 July 2011: The Joint Committee of the European Economy Area, composed of ambassadors of European Free Trade Area (EFTA) States and representatives from the European Commission and EU Member States, has adopted a decision on European Economic Area-wide historical aviation emissions.

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EEA Publishes Data on EU Passenger Cars Emissions [viewed]

29 June 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published preliminary data on emissions from passenger cars in the EU, and will provide confirmed data at the end of October 2011.

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Event: 62nd Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) [viewed]

Delegates at this meeting will consider: mandatory measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping for adoption; amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to designate a new US Caribbean sea area emission control area; the designation of the Baltic Sea as a Special Area with respect to pollution by sewage from ships; and the adoption of a revised Annex V related to control of garbage. The MEPC will also discuss issues relating to the implementation of the ship recycling and ballast water management conventions and consider the adoption of new guidelines on bio-fouling.  

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IEA Publishes Updated Technology Roadmap on Electric and Hybrid Vehicles [viewed]

5 July 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released an updated version of its “Technology Roadmaps - Electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EV/PHEV)” report, which indicates that forecasted manufacturing of electric and hybrid vehicles is behind national targets.

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