Europe

FAO's Russian Forest Sector Outlook Study Calls for Significant Investment and Reform [viewed]

FAO25 September 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Government of the Russian Federation have released "The Russian Forest Sector Outlook Study to 2030," which covers the 20% of the world's forests located in the Russian Federation, projecting increased forest product production under all scenarios. However, in order to maximize sustainable forest management benefits, the report calls for significant investment, reform and protection.

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UNFCCC Publishes Italy's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

21 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Italy (FCCC/ARR/2011/ITA), which highlights that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 5.4% between 1990 and 2009.

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European Investment Bank Finances Renewable Energy Project in Ukraine [viewed]

24 September 2012: The European Investment Bank (EIB) announced it will lend EUR 200 million to Ukraine for modernizing and upgrading generation of hydroelectricity through the UkrHydroEnergo programme. The project is expected to result in a significant reduction of fossil fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions in Ukraine.

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EU, China Partner to Promote the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy [viewed]

20 September 2012: Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, and Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming have signed an agreement to help finance efforts to reach environmental, energy- and carbon-intensity targets. The agreement will contribute to reducing Chinese greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UNFCCC Publishes Spain's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

17 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Spain (FCCC/ARR/2011/ESP), which states that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 29.5% between between 1990 and 2009. Total GHG emissions have increased in Spain between 1990 and 2007, when the maximum value of emissions was attained, and decreased since 2007 due to the economic crisis.

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EU Mobility Week 2012 Launches Initiative to Accelerate Uptake of New Transport Technology [viewed]

18 September 2012: European citizens are celebrating European Mobility Week 2012 under the theme “moving in the right direction,” to encourage public transport. During the week, the European Commission launched an initiative to coordinate transport research and innovation to accelerate adoption of technologies in Europe. 

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UNFCCC Publishes Kazakhstan's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

UNFCCC11 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Kazakhstan (FCCC/ARR/2011/KAZ) that states that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 27% between 1990 and 2009.

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EEA Publishes Technical Report on Production and Trade of Fluorinated GHG [viewed]

EEA11 September 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a technical report on 120 companies' production and trade of fluorinated gases (F-gases), which have particularly high global warming potentials (GWPs). The report finds that, in 2011, production of F-gases decreased by 5%, while imports decreased by 6% from 2012.

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EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall by 2.5% in 2011 [viewed]

EEA7 September 2012: European Environment Agency (EEA) estimates show that EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions declined by 2.5% in 2011, in part due to a mild winter, which lowered heating demands, as well as to increased consumption of renewable energy.

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Event: INC-Forests3 [viewed]

The third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3) will continue negotiations for a legally binding instrument on forests.  

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