Europe

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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France, Peru Issue Call for Action on Climate Change and Decent Work [viewed]

france-peru26 June 2015: François Rebsamen, Minister of Labor, Employment, Vocational Training and Social Dialogue, France, and Luis Enrique Chávez Basagoitia, Permanent Representative of Peru to the UN in Geneva, signed a Joint Call on Climate Change and Decent Work. The Joint Call encourages Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to better integrate decent work dimensions into the fight against climate change, both in negotiations towards a new climate agreement, and in formulating and implementing national policies.

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CEM's Global Sustainable Cities Network Focuses on Energy Efficiency [viewed]

Clean Energy Ministerial25 June 2015: The Global Sustainable Cities Network (GSCN), an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), held its third session in France.

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EU Sustainable Energy Week Celebrates Clean and Efficient Energy Systems [viewed]

sustainableenergyweek201519 June 2015: With over 2,700 participants, more than 670 Sustainable Energy Days and side events Europe-wide, and a policy conference, EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015 highlighted the need for efficient use of energy, expansion of renewable energy and, in the words of International Energy Agency (IEA) Chief Economist Fatih Birol, "a peaceful divorce between economic growth and emissions."

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WMO, Norwegian Refugee Council to Enhance African Countries' Climate Resilience [viewed]

wmo-nrc17 June 2015: A Norwegian NGO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are partnering to increase the capacity of governments in Africa to address climate change, extreme weather events and variable rainfall. Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by WMO and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), experts will work with the national institutions of vulnerable countries to develop climate information and products and operationalize the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).

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EU to Meet 20% Renewable Energy Target by 2020 [viewed]

ec16 June 2015: A progress report published by the European Commission finds that the EU is on track to meet its 2020 target of achieving a 20% share of renewable energy in the overall energy supply. According to the report, 25 EU countries are anticipated to meet their 2013/2014 interim renewable energy targets and the share of renewable energy in 2014 gross final energy consumption is projected at 15.3%.

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