Europe

EU Launches Consultation on the External Dimension of its Energy Policy [viewed]

16 February 2011: The European Commission launched an online stakeholder consultation, open until 7 March 2011, focusing on: European energy strategies; sustainable energy; renewable energy; energy efficiency; energy technology and innovation; oil, coal, gas and electricity; nuclear energy; security of supply; external dimension; and energy infrastructure.

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European Commission Launches Coastal Planning Exchange Project [viewed]

16 February 2011: The European Commission has launched a new three-year project, called OURCOAST, to support and ensure the exchange of experiences and best practices in coastal planning and management, focusing on climate change adaptation, land management and sustainable economic growth.

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US, Ukraine Discuss Climate and Energy Cooperation [viewed]

15 February 2011: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko convened the third session of the US-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission on 15 February 2011, in Washington, DC, US.

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OECD Working Paper Explores Swedish Climate Mitigation Policy [viewed]

9 February 2011: The OECD has released a new economics working paper, titled “Enhancing the Cost-Effectiveness of Climate Change Mitigation Policies in Sweden,” which discusses next steps in Swedish mitigation policies now that the country has decoupled GDP growth from emissions growth.

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UNEP, European Energy Centre Convene European Renewable Energy Conference [viewed]

24 January 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with the European Energy Centre and the Terre Policy Centre, convened the 14th European Conference on the Latest Technologies in Renewable Energy, Heating and Cooling Applications, in Edinburgh, UK, on 24 January 2011.

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Compliance Committee Decides on Bulgaria's Eligiblity to Participate in Kyoto Mechanisms [viewed]

14 February 2011: The Enforcement Branch of the Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee has decided that Bulgaria is now fully eligible to participate in the Kyoto Protocol mechanisms under Kyoto Protocol Articles 6 (Joint Implementation (JI)), 12 (Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)) and 17 (Emissions Trading).

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Germany Confers Legal Capacity to the Adaptation Fund Board [viewed]

14 February 2011: Through an Act of Parliament, the German Government conferred legal capacity to the Adaptation Fund Board, making the Fund an independent international legal entity.

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UNECE Co-organizes Workshop on Transboundary Water Cooperation [viewed]

10 February 2011: Hungary's Ministry of Rural Development, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and the International Water Assessment Centre (IWAC) organized a workshop on transboundary water cooperation in Central and Western Europe, in Budapest, Hungary, from 8-10 February 2011.

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EU Leaders Focus on Energy [viewed]

4 February 2011: The European Council gathered Heads of State and Government of the EU member States on 4 February 2011, in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss energy and innovation as part of the EU 2020 Strategy on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the EU.

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European Commission Launches Sustainable Growth Initiative [viewed]

26 January 2011: The European Commission has launched "A resource-efficient Europe: Flagship initiative under the Europe 2020 Strategy," which set out its views on a strategic framework towards a more sustainable use of natural resources and the shift towards resource-efficient, low-carbon growth in Europe.

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