Europe

Event: Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) [viewed]

The second meeting of the MEF in 2015 is scheduled for 18-19 July 2015, in Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg. The meeting will be chaired by Caroline Atkinson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics, and Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change. The MEF intends to convene four times in 2015. The Forum, launched in 2009 by US President Barack Obama, is aimed at facilitating candid dialogue among major emitting countries, both developed and developing, to garner the political leadership needed to advance efforts against climate change. The 17 major economies participating are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the EU, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Russian Federation, South Africa, the UK and the US.  

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MDBs Adopt Principles for Tracking Climate Adaptation Finance [viewed]

mdbs_png9 July 2015: Six multilateral development banks (MDBs) and the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) have released a document titled 'Common Principles for Climate Change Adaptation Finance Tracking,' which outlines the approach the banks have agreed to take in measuring adaptation finance commitments and flows. The common approach is expected to improve consistency in reporting and consequently boost confidence that funds are flowing to vulnerable societies dealing with climate change impacts.

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BRICS to Operationalize New Development Bank, Strengthen Energy Cooperation [viewed]

brics9 July 2015: At its seventh annual summit, the BRICS group of countries (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa) announced the BRICS Economic Partnership Strategy through 2020, which aims to strengthen ties in energy, high technology, agriculture, science and education. The BRICS also adopted the New Development Bank and Contingent Reserve Arrangement, with a total capacity of US$200 billion.

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June 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

june20151 July 2015: During the month of June, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Commission, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank announced funding for sustainable energy projects. AfDB, ADB, EBRD, the European Commission and the World Bank also released publications on financing and deploying clean energy.

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UNECE Reviews Montenegro's Environmental Performance [viewed]

UNECEJuly 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the third 'Environmental Performance Review' of Montenegro, which discusses policy-making, implementation and the financing of environmental policies and projects.

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Iceland, Republic of Korea, Serbia Submit INDCs [viewed]

iceland_korea_serbia30 June 2015: Iceland, the Republic of Korea and Serbia have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the UNFCCC Secretariat, bringing the total number of Parties to do so to 44. According to their respective INDCs, Iceland aims to contribute to European countries' collective target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, the Republic of Korea plans to reduce its GHG emissions by 37% from the business-as-usual (BAU) level by 2030, and Serbia intends to reduce GHG emissions by 9.8% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

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June 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

june2015-climatefinance11 July 2015: During the month of June, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the World Agroforestry Centre, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership reported on climate finance projects and other related news. ADB, AfDB, GCF, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched publications.

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Living in a Changing Climate: EEA Reports [viewed]

EEA30 June 2015: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published its Signals 2015 report titled 'Living in a changing climate' focusing on: current and future climate change impacts in Europe; the main sectors contributing to climate change; and the EU's mitigation and adaptation efforts, particularly in relation to investments, soil, oceans and food production.

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EU, China Adopt Joint Statement on Climate Change [viewed]

eu-china29 June 2015: At the 17th bilateral summit between the EU and China, the two parties adopted a joint statement on climate change, recognizing it as "one of the greatest threats facing humanity" and agreeing to elevate climate change cooperation in their bilateral relations. The summit, which commemorated the 40th anniversary of EU-China diplomatic relations, concluded with the adoption of a summit declaration that acknowledges the critical role the two sides must play in addressing climate change.

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OECD: Energy Taxation Underutilized as Climate Change Mitigation Measure [viewed]

OECD_NEW25 June 2015: A report released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) notes that energy taxes are one of the most effective policy tools for combating the negative effects of energy use. The report finds, however, that these taxes are currently "poorly aligned" with these negative effects, having limited impact on reducing energy use, increasing energy efficiency and shifting to alternative forms of energy.

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