Europe

UNECE Project Explores Algae Biomass Production [viewed]

14 July 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is providing assistance in identifying opportunities to introduce algae biomass production in the Russian Federation through a project on the development of sustainable biomass trade and export opportunities.

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Brazil-EU Summit Addresses Sustainable Development and Bioenergy [viewed]

14 July 2010: The fourth Brazil-EU Summit was held in Brasília, Brazil, on 14 July 2010, and attended by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. The resulting joint statement contains a section titled “Sustainable development, climate change, energy and biodiversity.”

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EIB Funds Low-Carbon Vehicle Engine Research at Ford [viewed]

12 July 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide GBP 450 million to the car-maker Ford for the development of low-carbon emission diesel and petrol engines.

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UNECE Publishes THE PEP Brochure and June Workshop Report [viewed]

July 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has issued a six-page brochure under the Pan-European Programme on Transport, Health and Environment (THE PEP), and posted the report of a workshop on sustainable and healthy urban transport policies held on 7-8 June 2010, in Skopje, Macedonia.

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Event: Sixth Session of the UNECE Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production from Coal and Other Fossil Fuels [viewed]

The sixth session of the Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production from Coal and Other Fossil Fuels of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will feature a Workshop on Financing Sustainable Electricity Production Projects. This event will include a Workshop on Financing Sustainable Electricity Production Projects.  

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Event: 19th Annual Session of the UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy [viewed]

The 19th session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will feature an energy security dialogue, and a review of activities of Group of Experts on Global Energy Efficiency 21, among other things. This event will include the Energy Security Dialogue: Gas Resources and International Energy Cooperation, on 24 November.  

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EU Commission Prepares for Third Phase of EU ETS [viewed]

9 July 2010: The European Commission has adopted a decision determining for the first time a cap on the number of emission allowances that will be available under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) in 2013, the beginning of the third phase of the System covering the 2013-2020 trading period. It also launched a tool to estimate fuel consumption by small aircraft operators as part of their compliance with the EU ETS.

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EU Launches Consultation on EIA Directive [viewed]

6 July 2010: The European Commission has launched a public consultation in relation to the review of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive. The consultation covers, among other things, the development of synergies with other EU policies, such as climate change and biodiversity.

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Report on EU Renewable Energy Published [viewed]

5 July 2010: The European Commission's Joint Research Centre published the report "Renewable Energy Snapshots," which shows that renewable energy sources accounted for 62% (17GW) of the new electricity generation capacity installed in the EU27 in 2009.

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Aarhus Convention Focuses on Public Participation under the UNFCCC [viewed]

2 July 2010: The 12th meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 30 June–2 July 2010, and addressed, inter alia, the application of the principles of the Convention in international fora.

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