Transport

New IMO Marine Environment Division Director Appointed [viewed]

IMO3 January 2012: Stefan Micallef has been appointed Director of the Marine Environment Division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), as part of a Secretariat restructuring announced by IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu.

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Event: Resilient Cities 2012: 3rd Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation [viewed]

Resilient Cities 2012: 3rd World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change will focus on the following themes: urban risk and the issue of urban infrastructure as a key element in building resilient cities; resilient integrated urban design - how to optimally relate the water, food security and biodiversity sectors to build a resilient city; resilient urban renewable energy - how to ensure a clear link between the local renewables agenda and energy security and safety of urban areas; resilient urban logistics - a showcase of successful examples in ecomobility (moving people) and ecologistics (moving goods); and financing the resilient city - how climate financing for adaptation can be mobilized, leveraged and innovated for the local level. Resilient Cities 2012 will also host a session on global sustainable infrastructure finance in partnership with Global Energy Basel. Joan Clos, UN-HABITAT's Executive Director, is the patron of Resilient Cities 2011 and 2012.  

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EU Court Finds Measures on Aviation Emissions Compatible with International Law [viewed]

21 December 2011: The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has ruled that the EU decision to include the aviation sector in its Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2012, thereby providing that all airlines – including those of third countries – will have to acquire and surrender emission allowances for their flights departing from and arriving at European airports, is lawful under international law.

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Event: Transforming Transportation [viewed]

The ninth annual “Transforming Transportation” event will take place at the World Bank in Washington, DC, US, from 26-27 January 2012, and will focus on big ideas to scale up sustainable transport best practices in cities worldwide. The plenary session on Day 1 will discuss the future of the city, and on Day 2 it will look beyond the transport sector for inspiration on how to scale up best practices. Other sessions will include moderated panel discussions and rapid presentations of innovative ideas. The agenda also features screenings of urban transport videos and a cocktail reception to honor the late Dr. Leon "Lee" Schipper. Transforming Transportation 2012 is open to the public, and is organized by EMBARQ, The World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Institute for Transportation Development and Policy, Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities, and the Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport.  

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ICAO Report of Alternative Fuels Workshop Presents Discussions on Sustainable Fuel Alternatives [viewed]

25 November 2011: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has published the report of its “ICAO Aviation and Sustainable Alternative Fuels Workshop,” held in Montréal, Canada, on 18 -20 October 2011.

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Mexico City Receives Local Climate Action Leadership Award [viewed]

8 December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that Mexico City has been awarded the World Green Building Council, Local Climate Action Leadership Award. The Award was presented on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference, in Durban, South Africa.

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UNDP, GEF Support Reduction of South African Public Transport's Carbon Footprint [viewed]

5 December 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), through a grant of US$11 million provided by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), is supporting South Africa to reduce its carbon footprint by improving public transport services and non-motorized transport infrastructure in seven cities.

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ADB Supports Climate Change Awareness Raising in Asia [viewed]

ADB7 December 2011: A public awareness campaign titled "Redraw The Line" has been launched to mobilize a critical mass of people, communities, and cities to drive demand for clean energy, transport, and environmentally sustainable consumption, in response to the challenges posed by climate change.

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WHO Report Shows Health and Climate Co-benefits in Transport Sector [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)6 December 2011: The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a report on the health benefits of low-carbon transport measures, such as rapid transit, walking or cycling, as part of its "Health in the Green Economy" series.

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IEA Report on Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Identifies Main Drivers of Increased Efficiency [viewed]

IEA2 December 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA), in cooperation with the Global Fuel Efficiency Initiative (GFEI), has published a report comparing fuel efficiency and other characteristics over a large sample of registered vehicles in 21 countries. The sample accounts for 90% of global car sales, and the results show a 1.7% annual improvement over the 2005-2008 period, which is well below the required 2.7% improvement per year needed from 2005 to 2030 in order to halve vehicle CO2 emissions.

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