Europe

Event: G7 Summit [viewed]

In addition to standing agenda items on the global economy and foreign, security and development policy, the heads of state and government of the Group of Seven (G7) will consider: protection of the marine environment, marine governance and resource efficiency; antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and Ebola; retail and supply chain standards; and empowering self-employed women and women in vocational training. On development policy, the G7 will address in particular the post-2015 development agenda, as well as other conferences taking place in 2015, such as the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The Group will also continue its work on the Rome G7 Energy Initiative for Energy Security. On the second day of the Summit, G7 leaders will hold a dialogue with leaders from African nations. The G7 members are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US.  

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European Mayors to Cooperate on Climate Change [viewed]

europeans_mayors26 March 2015: Representatives from 30 European capitals and major cities met to express and formalize their commitment to address climate change, emphasizing the role major urban centers play in this field. The meeting, which took place on 26 March 2015, in Paris, France, came in advance of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris in December 2015. French President Francois Hollande addressed the European mayors, stating that major cities must be “pioneers” in terms of low-emission practices.

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Renewable Energy Met 15% of EU Energy Demand in 2013 [viewed]

ec26 March 2015: Energy from renewable sources met 15% of gross energy consumption in the EU in 2013, according to the EU's statistical office, Eurostat. This figure compares with the 8.3% of energy consumption covered by renewables in 2004. Since then, renewables have grown in all EU countries, with 13 at least doubling their renewable share over the last ten years.

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Norway, Mexico Submit INDCs [viewed]

mexico_norway30 March 2015: The Governments of Norway and Mexico submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the UNFCCC on 27 and 30 March 2015, respectively. The submissions followed those by Switzerland and the EU, and brought the total number of parties to the UNFCCC that have formally submitted their INDCs to 32.

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EC Launches Legal Action over Non-Transposition of Energy Efficiency Directive by Member States [viewed]

ec26 March 2015: The European Commission referred Hungary to the European Court of Justice for failing to transpose the EU's Energy Efficiency Directive into national law. In addition, the Commission launched procedures against all EU member States except Malta for failure to notify the Commission on the national transposition measures of the same directive.

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European Council Addresses Next Steps for Energy Union [viewed]

European Council19 March 2015: The European Council has confirmed its commitment to the EU's Energy Union at a meeting focused on designing the first steps toward the Union. The Council released its 'Conclusions on the Energy Union,' which call for concrete actions to support the Union and a forward-looking climate policy. The Conclusions also call for coordinated climate diplomacy ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015 and intensified work on financing, technology transfer and capacity building.

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Event: Climate Finance Day 2015 [viewed]

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Caisse des Dépôts are organizing this event to give private financial operators an opportunity to reflect on "how to shift the trillions" of dollars needed toward the goal of limiting average global temperature rise to below 2°C. The banking and financial sector will share solutions for reducing financing for a high carbon economy, engage in debates on green investment, highlight successful policies that lower risks and open up opportunities, and showcase its commitment to combating climate change.  

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UNESCO-IHP Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Water Security [viewed]

UNESCOMarch 2015: The inception meeting of the project ‘Addressing Water Security: Climate Impacts and Adaptation responses in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe,' organized by the International Hydrological Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHP), launched a discussion on water security building on the existing networks, know-how and experiences of effective adaptation strategies.

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GCF Board Accredits Seven Entities, Adopts Investment Framework [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new26 March 2015: At its ninth meeting, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board took a number of necessary steps toward its goal of approving funding for the first projects and programmes in October 2015. It agreed to accredit seven organizations, opening the door for them to begin developing and submitting project and programme proposals. In addition, it agreed on an initial investment framework, which will guide entities in the development of their proposals and create a transparent process for evaluating them.

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IPCC Releases Complete AR5 Synthesis Report [viewed]

IPCC18 March 2015: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the complete version of the Synthesis Report (SYR) of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). Some of the SYR's main findings, which was released on 2 November 2014, are: human influence on the climate system is clear; more disruption to the climate leads to a greater risk of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts; and limiting climate change is possible.

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