Europe

Transactions on EU Emission Trading System Suspended [viewed]

25 January 2011: The European Commission has suspended transactions, except for allocation and surrender of allowances, in all EU Emission Trading System (ETS) national registries from 19 January 2011 until at least 26 January 2011, due to recurring security breaches in national registries over the period December 2010-January 2011.

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European Expert Group Report on Future Fuels Released [viewed]

25 January 2011: The first comprehensive report on future fuels covering the whole transport sector in Europe has been released. The report was prepared by a European expert group, and concludes that alternative fuels have the potential to gradually replace fossil energy sources and make transport sustainable by 2050 in the EU.

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IEA Paper Explores Development of Energy Efficiency Indicators in Russia [viewed]

January 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a paper titled “Development of Energy Efficiency Indicators in Russia,” which details two years of IEA's work ­together with Russia's Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) on energy efficiency.

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OECD Paper Discusses Climate-Related Technology Transfer and Innovation [viewed]

December 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a paper in its Environmental Working Paper series by Ivan Hašcic et al., titled “Climate Policy and Technological Innovation and Transfer: An Overview of Trends and Recent Empirical Results.”

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Event: UN Climate Change Conference – Bangkok [viewed]

The first formal round of climate change negotiations in 2011 include: the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 16); the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14); and workshops pursuant to the Cancun Agreements and to other decisions as appropriate. Preparatory meetings of the Group of 77 and China, the African Group, the small island developing States (SIDS) and the least developed countries are expected to meet from 30 March-2 April 2011.  

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WMO Meeting Reports on Switzerland's Climate and Research Monitoring Projects [viewed]

19 January 2011: The Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) programme of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) held a meeting of the Swiss GAW programme from 18-19 January 2011, in Zurich, Switzerland.

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EIB Funds Electric Vehicle Battery Research [viewed]

10 January 2011: Philippe de Fontaine Vive, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), and Vincent Bolloré, CEO of the Bolloré Group, signed a EUR 130 million finance contract in support of research, development and innovation programmes in the field of electricity storage (batteries and electric vehicles).

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UNIDO-Backed Hydrogen Energy Centre Initiates Hydrogen Fueling Station [viewed]

14 January 2011: The International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (ICHET) has awarded Hydrogenics Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products, a contract to build a complete electrolysis-based hydrogen fueling station in Turkey.

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Event: Joint Session of the UNECE Timber Committee and the FAO European Forestry Commission [viewed]

The Action Plan on the Role of the Forest Sector in a Green Economy is intended to provide policymakers with ideas for ways and means of improving and promoting the forest sector's contribution to a green economy. It could be presented to UNCSD as a practical contribution to greener economies in the ECE region.  

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EEA Publishes Report on Natural Hazards and Technological Accidents in Europe [viewed]

12 January 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report titled "Mapping the impacts of natural hazards and technological accidents in Europe," which analyzes impacts of three types of hazards: hydrometeorological or weather related, such as storms, extreme temperature events, forest fires, droughts and floods; geophysical, including snow avalanches, landslides, earthquakes and volcanoes; and technological, such as oil spills, industrial accidents and toxic spills from mining activities.

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