Europe

UNIDO, Austrian Energy Agency to Promote Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy [viewed]

2 May 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has entered into a partnership with the Austrian Energy Agency (AEA) to help promote and support the efficient use of energy, especially of renewable energy and innovative technologies with a special focus on climate change mitigation.

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European 2020 Biodiversity Strategy to Contribute to Green Growth [viewed]

3 May 2011: The European Commission has published a strategy for the EU to protect and improve the state of Europe's biodiversity and contribute to the 2020 global biodiversity targets with a view to contributing to the green economy, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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OECD Paper Evaluates Cost Effectiveness of French Environmental Policy [viewed]

22 April 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Economic Department has released a new working paper, by Balázs Égert, titled “France's Environmental Policies: Internalising Global and Local Externalities.”

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UNDP/GEF Publish Review of Legal and Institutional Frameworks for Transboundary Waters [viewed]

April 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has published a global review of legal and institutional frameworks for 28 transboundary surface water, groundwater and marine water systems covering the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. The report also considers climate change adaptation knowledge in the various water basins analyzed.

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Green Climate Fund's Transitional Committee Elects Three Co-Chairs [viewed]

29 April 2011: Speaking at the conclusion of the first meeting of the Green Climate Fund's Transitional Committee in Mexico City, Mexico, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, observed that a well-designed Green Climate Fund will help to ensure a low-carbon future that is sustainable and profitable.

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Regional Global Forum on Sustainable Energy Identifies Barriers to Energy Efficiency and Renewables [viewed]

29 April 2011: The Regional Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE) was held from 28-29 April 2011, at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber in Vienna, Austria, under the theme “Energy between Danube and Caucasus - The Role of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency as a Key Issue for Economic Development.”

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European Commission Adopts Decision on Allocation of Free Emission Allowances [viewed]

27 April 2011: The European Commission adopted a Decision on how free emission allowances should be allocated from 2013 to industrial installations covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

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UNECE Experts Discuss Energy Efficiency Financing [viewed]

21 April 2011: The 17th Session of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation convened, under the aegis of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), from 19-20 April 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UNECE Air Pollution Convention Working Group Focuses on Black Carbon [viewed]

15 April 2011: The 48th session of the Working Group on Strategies and Review under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 11-15 April 2011, and focused on strategies to reduce black carbon emissions, one of the air pollutants contributing to climate change.

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Guest Article #58: The First Interagency “Forum on Green Jobs: Local Strategies and Actions” [viewed]

What are the linkages between climate change and sustainable local development? What are green jobs and how do they come into the equation? How to shape local strategies and actions for green jobs? How to synchronise local initiatives with national policies intended to foster a low-carbon economy and promote green jobs?

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