Europe

Azerbaijan Power Plant Receives First Carbon Credits from Energy Efficiency Improvements [viewed]

5 December 2012: A thermal power plant modernization project in Azerbaijan financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will become the first to earn carbon credits through energy efficiency measures.

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ESMAP Report Finds Large Potential for Low-Carbon Growth Strategies [viewed]

4 December 2012: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank has released a new report, titled "Planning for a Low Carbon Future: Lessons Learned from Seven Country Studies," which presents results from cases studies on strategies to develop long-term frameworks for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to economic growth.

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GEF CEO Outlines the GEF's Vision at COP 18 Side Event [viewed]

1 December 2012: On the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii met with participants to discuss "GEF 2020," the GEF's long-term strategic vision. Moderated by Robert Dixon, the event highlighted how the Facility intends to mainstream its work "on the ground."

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UNFCCC and Partners Launch UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Awareness [viewed]

UNFCCC3 December 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) launched the UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness along with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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UNCCD Holds Land For Life Awards Ceremony in Doha [viewed]

3 December 2012:  The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has granted the first Land For Life Award to civil society organizations from Haiti, Turkey and Uganda for their innovative work combating land degradation. UNCCD recognized the three winners at a Recognition Gala event, which included ministers from their respective countries, at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar.

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UNEP Booklet Presents Case Studies of Grassroots Solutions to Climate Change [viewed]

UNEP1 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a booklet, titled "Seeds of Knowledge," which suggests that grassroots, community-involved projects around the world are already playing an essential role in the response to climate change, and that these projects can guide policies.

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COP 18 Side Event Discusses FiTs in Africa and Middle East [viewed]

30 November 2012: The World Future Council (WFC), the Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF), and Friends of the Earth jointly held a side event during the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar, to discuss renewable energy feed-in tariffs (FiTs) in Africa and the Middle East.

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UNFCCC Photo, Video and Podcast Contest Winners Announced in Doha [viewed]

29 November 2012: The winners of the UNFCCC Photo and Video Contests for 2012 were announced at a ceremony in Doha, Qatar, hosted by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.

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EIB Supports Water Sector Investments in Cantabria, Spain [viewed]

28 November 2012: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a €50 million loan to support investments in water and sanitation facilities in the Spanish region of Cantabria. The loan will help finance a project aimed at increasing water supply and wastewater management in coastal areas through the construction of new treatment plants and other sewage infrastructure.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Submission from Parties on Various Approaches [viewed]

UNFCCC29 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has circulated a submission to the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action (AWG LCA) from Australia, Canada, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Russian Federation, Ukraine and the US on various approaches, including opportunities for using markets, to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions.

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