Europe

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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UNFCCC Publishes Belarus' GHG Inventory Report [viewed]

4 January 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/BLR) of the review of the annual inventory submission of Belarus.

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Event: 64th Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe [viewed]

The high-level segment of this UNECE Session will cover two main themes: “Economic integration in the UNECE region” and “The role of regional integration and cooperation for promoting sustainable development in the UNECE region,” with the latter focusing on transport and trade infrastructure, and energy cooperation.  

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UNECE Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution Convention Tackles Black Carbon [viewed]

22 December 2010: The 28th meeting of the Executive Body of the Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution Convention (LRTAP) took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13-17 December 2010. Participants discussed the expansion of the scope of the Convention to tackle black carbon, among other items.

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European Commission Releases Communication on Carbon Market Oversight [viewed]

21 December 2010: The European Communication has released a communication on carbon market oversight, as a first step towards the possible formulation of a legislative proposal in 2011.

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Informal Geneva Green Group Formed [viewed]

20 December 2010: UN Greening the Blue has reported that an informal Geneva Green Group was formed, gathering staff at Geneva-based UN organizations interested in getting involved in activities carried out in support of “greening the UN.”

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European Commission Releases Methodologies for Estimating Shipping Emissions [viewed]

20 December 2010: The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has published a report aiming to provide the first comprehensive overview of methodologies for estimating air emissions from shipping, which describes technological solutions and analyzes policy options for reducing carbon emissions in the sector.

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