Europe

Guest Article #142: Collaborative Effort of European Financing Institutions to Help Improve Implementation of Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

When the Paris Agreement on climate change was adopted in December 2015, it included a long-term goal for the adaptation to climate change – “enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, with a view to contributing to sustainable development […]”. It recognised the direct link of climate change adaptation to sustainable development and further highlighted its importance. This added momentum to an increasing need for practical approaches for climate change adaptation, which can range from making transport infrastructure more resilient to storms and floods, to helping small businesses adapt to increasing water scarcity.

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Mitigation Update: Work Continues on Aviation, Black Carbon Emissions, Regions Cooperate on Clean Energy [viewed]

icao_arctic_adb_afdb13 June 2016: According to a policy paper from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, “carbon-intensive companies are not ready for the impact of the Paris Agreement's commitments.” The authors, economists Nicholas Stern and Dimitri Zenghelis, submitted the paper to the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, arguing that the Financial Stability Board (FSB) should create robust reporting guidance on climate risks.

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Europe Ministers Translate 2030 Agenda into Concrete Commitments on Green Economy, Clean Air, ESD [viewed]

efe810 June 2016: Participants at the Eighth Environment for Europe (EfE) Ministerial Conference adopted a Ministerial Declaration and agreed on a number of outcomes related to the green economy, air quality and human health, and education for sustainable development (ESD). During the Conference, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6) Assessment for the pan-European region.

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GEF Council Marks 25th Anniversary, Approves Work Program for US$398.68 Million, CBIT Trust Fund [viewed]

gef509 June 2016: The 50th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, which marked the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the GEF, approved a Work Program comprising 38 project concepts and four programmatic frameworks, with total resources amounting to US$398.68 million. In addition, the GEF Council established a new trust fund for the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT), which was created in response to a request by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, as reflected in the decision adopting the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Global Green Growth Forum Showcases Sustainable Energy, Private Sector Partnerships [viewed]

Global Green Growth Forum (3GF)7 June 2016: The 2016 Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) showcased a range of “solutions” for promoting sustainability and encouraging private sector investments in sustainable development, highlighting initiatives related to sustainable energy, water management, climate-smart cities and others aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNDP Report Showcases Role of Innovation for SDGs, Climate [viewed]

undp_innovation20307 June 2016: Innovation can contribute to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through the development of new approaches, tools and partnerships, according to a recent report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Innovation Facility. The report, titled ‘2015 Year in Review: Innovation for 2030,' showcases 62 initiatives in 45 countries that tested or scaled new approaches and emerging technologies to eradicate poverty, protect the planet, manage climate risk and natural hazards, advance gender equality and prevent conflict.

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World Oceans Day Raises Awareness on Plastic Pollution, SDG 14 [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2016: The world celebrated World Oceans Day under the theme, ‘Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.' Events around the world aimed to promote the prevention of plastic pollution in the world's oceans, and highlighted the role of healthy oceans in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 calls to "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."

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Mission Innovation Countries to Double Clean Energy Investment by 2021 [viewed]

mi3 June 2016: The inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial (MIM) took place in conjunction with the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7), bringing together countries that have committed to increase their support for clean energy research and development, and providing an opportunity for individual countries to highlight plans and actions under MI and announce new collaborations. On 1 June, closed-door discussions for MI ministers and delegates were held, chaired by US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. The latter stated that MI is critical to funding the basic scientific research and development that will underpin the advanced clean energy solutions needed to combat climate change in the 21st century, noting such technologies will help drive down adoption costs to grow low-carbon economies.

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European Green Week Adopts Urban Agenda, Agrees to Accelerate Transition to Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

green_week3 June 2016: The 2016 edition of Green Week focused on the theme 'investing for a greener future.' Participants discussed how to promote the role of green investments in achieving sustainable development and agreed on a range of measures to advance the European Union (EU) Urban Agenda, the blue economy and the transition to a low-carbon future, among other areas.

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Event: Industrial Efficiency 2016 [viewed]

Regardless of the sector, energy efficiency is key to productivity, energy security, job creation and lower carbon intensity. The European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) and partners will hold its Industrial Efficiency 2016 conference from 12-14 September 2016, in Berlin, Germany. The conference will bring together policy makers, energy managers and other decision makers in energy-using industries, academics and experts in energy efficiency financing. The event offers a mix of formal presentations and informal events, plenaries, solutions workshops as well as networking opportunities.  

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