Europe

European Commission Study Outlines Options for a New UNFCCC Market Mechanism [viewed]

14 November 2012: The European Commission has released a study of design options for the new market mechanism (NMM) defined in the outcomes of the Durban Climate Conference, which took place in December 2011, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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European Commission Presents Options on EUETS Reform [viewed]

14 November 2012: The European Commission has presented options for reforming the EU Emissions Trading System (EUETS) to resolve the problem of supply-demand imbalances of emission allowances. The proposal calls for back-loading auction volumes in 2013 to reduce the allowance surpluses that have accrued during the economic crisis, and launching a debate on structural reform measures.

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European Council Adopts Conclusions on Climate Finance [viewed]

13 November 2012: The European Council adopted conclusions on climate finance during the 3198th meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council. The Council confirmed contribution to date of €7.1 billion by the EU to meet its fast start finance (FSF) commitments under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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UNEP Releases Technology Needs Assessment and Adaptation Action Plans for Georgia [viewed]

UNEP12 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) Project has released a TNA, titled “Technology Needs Assessment and Technology Action Plans for Climate Change Adaptation: Georgia.” Prepared by UNEP and the Ministry of Environment Protection of Georgia, the TNA outlines technology needs in priority sectors in Georgia.

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GEF SGP Supports Renewable Energy Projects in Industrial Region of Ukraine [viewed]

31 October 2012:  The Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) has conceded US$149,415 for the development of three projects to combat climate change in Ukraine. Implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), this funding has the potential to affect 1,200 people in the Teplychne community, GEF SGP notes.

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Event: International Workshop on Sustainable Pro-poor Development of Aviation Biofuels [viewed]

This event on Sustainable Pro-poor Development of Aviation Biofuels aims to promote discussion between global stakeholders to discuss development of the aviation biofuels industry to assure its sustainability and that it maintains a pro-poor focus. The target audience for this event is a diverse range of stakeholders, such as policy makers, governments, international and multilateral development organizations, private sector, academia, civil society and media. The event is organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Italy's Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, the Vicariate of Rome - Ufficio Pastorale Universitaria, Roma Tre University, with the support of Boeing.  

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IEA Reports Sales of 1.2 Million Electric Vehicles, 2.5 Million Hybrid Vehicles in 2011 [viewed]

12 November 2012: A report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) Implementing Agreement for co-operation on Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies and Programmes (IA-HEV), titled “Hybrid and Electric Vehicles: The Electric Drive Captures the Imagination,” offers a snapshot of hybrid and electric vehicles (H&EVs) in 17 countries and information about the work of IA-HEV and its task forces.

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UNFCCC Releases Report on Review Guidelines for Developed Countries' Biennial Reports, National Communications [viewed]

UNFCCC13 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a synthesis report on the parties' submissions on the work programme and on the revision of the guidelines for the review of biennial reports (BR) from developed countries and national communications (NC), including national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories from Annex I Parties to the Convention (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.11).

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UNEP Frankfurt School Publishes Inaugural Newsletter on Climate and Sustainable Energy [viewed]

1 November 2012: The Frankfurt School - UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy has released its inaugural newsletter. The newsletter includes articles on: the Sustainable Energy and Energy Efficiency Intermediary Loan Programme; sustainable energy planning activities in Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus; and the German-funded Finance for Access to Clean Energy Technologies (FACET) project.

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IEA BEEP Database Receives Energy Efficiency Innovator Award [viewed]

IEA12 November 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced that its Building Energy Efficiency Policies (BEEP) database was awarded the 2012 Energy Efficiency Innovator Award as the best international energy efficiency project.

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