Europe

UNECE Adopts Fuel Efficiency Test for Cars [viewed]

UNECE3 March 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has adopted the Worldwide Harmonized Light-duty Test Procedures (WLTP) test cycle to be used for measuring fuel consumption, and therefore carbon dioxide emissions, of new light vehicles. It is expected that fuel consumption figures for many automobiles will increase between 10-20% in this new system.

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EU Environment Council Considers 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework [viewed]

European Union 3 March 2014: The first meeting of the Environment Council of the EU under the Greek Presidency discussed, inter alia: climate change; genetically-modified organisms (GMOs); the Annual Growth Survey 2014, including how to improve the uptake of green economy priorities in national reform programmes; and a clean air programme for Europe.

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SIDS PrepCom Commences Negotiations for September 2014 Conference [viewed]

SIDS Conference logo26 February 2014: The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) elected the Bureau and discussed the objectives and substantive theme of the Conference, as well as organizational and procedural matters, during its first meeting. 

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February 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

Sustainable Energy FinanceFebruary 2014: Throughout the month of February, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) undertook a number of activities and approved funding for sustainable energy projects in a range of countries, including: Pakistan, India, Nepal, Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, Croatia, Brazil, and in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region.

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February 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

climate-finance27 February 2014: During the month of February, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the GEF and the Adaptation Fund announced funding for climate-related projects or published reports on climate finance.

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European Parliament Tightens Car Emissions Regulations [viewed]

European Union 25 February 2014: The European Parliament has endorsed a new target of 95g carbon dioxide (CO2)/km for 2021, which will be averaged across the entire new car fleet sold in the EU. This is a reduction of 27% compared to the 2015 target of 130g CO2/km.

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OWG Co-Chairs Compile 19 'Focus Areas' [viewed]

owg21 February 2014: The Co-Chairs of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have assembled a list of 19 'Focus Areas' for consideration by Member States as they seek to identify SDGs and accompanying targets. In a letter accompanying the Focus Areas, released on 21 February 2014, Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) write that further action in these areas is necessary to build "prosperous, peaceful and resilient societies that also protect the planet."

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UNIDO, TERI Build Capacity on Solutions to Energy, Climate Challenges [viewed]

unido-terri14 February 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and TERI University (TERI U) held a two-week course that brought together 40 policy makers, government officials, and experts from Asia, Africa and Europe to build awareness and knowledge on global trends, innovative technologies and policies in the fields of energy, climate change and sustainable development.

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EU Energy Consumption Drops 8% Between 2006-2012 [viewed]

European Union 17 February 2014: The EU's Eurostat statistical service has reported that the EU's energy consumption in 2012 dipped to nearly 1990 levels, with renewables and nuclear power making up half of EU energy production in 2012. 

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February 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbFebruary 2014: Throughout the month of February, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) undertook a number of activities and highlighted various projects in a range of countries, including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cameroon, Djibouti, the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Romania, Swaziland, Turkey and Zimbabwe. 

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