Europe

EEA Creates Renewables Database [viewed]

14 September 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has launched a database collecting figures derived from available National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) produced by EU member States, with a view to facilitating comparison of data across renewable energy technologies and between the EU member States.

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Event: UNEP GEO-5 Regional Consultation: Geneva [viewed]

The aim of the consultations is to agree on priority environmental issues/challenges and their related internationally agreed goals. Discussions will also be held on the development of the regional chapters and on the GEO-5 process.  

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EEA Reports Decline in EU GHG Emissions [viewed]

10 September 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released new estimates, according to which the economic recession has resulted in significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions in the EU in 2009.

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EIB Supports Waste-to-Energy Project in Finland [viewed]

3 September 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) is financing a project in Lahti, Finland, that will convert municipal waste into heat and power through the large-scale use of a novel method involving waste gasification, gas cleaning and high-efficiency combustion.

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UNECE Publishes MDGs Report for Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

August 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published a report titled "The MDGs in Europe and Central Asia: Achievements, Challenges and the Way Forward." The chapter on MDG 7 (environmental sustainability) was jointly prepared by UNECE and the Regional Office for Europe of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and contains several references to climate change.

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UNDP Administrator Speaks on Disaster and Climate Risk Management in Moldova [viewed]

10 September 2010: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark spoke at the presentation of the results of the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) during her official visit to the Republic of Moldova, which followed the recent floods that affected hundreds of families and their livelihoods.  

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EC President Outlines Five-year Programme [viewed]

7 September 2010: European Commission (EC) President Manuel Barroso sent a letter to the European Parliament to present his political guidelines for the next five years, including on climate change.

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GEF SGP Funds Bicycle Rental Scheme in Macedonia [viewed]

3 September 2010: The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program (GEF-SGP)  is funding bicycle rental as an alternative means of urban transportation, and to reduce congested traffic and air pollution, in Skopje, Macedonia.

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EBRD and Japan Sign MoU to Support Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

3 September 2010: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the co-financing of environmental projects, the development of carbon emission reduction instruments, and co-financing and non-sovereign financing of municipal infrastructure, in particular linked to climate-related projects.

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FAO's Silva Mediterranea Focuses on Forest Fires and Climate Change [viewed]

August 2010: The latest issue of FAO's Silva Mediterranea focuses on the prevention of forest fires in the Mediterranean region in a changing climate.

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