Europe

EBRD Announces New Energy Efficiency Phase of its Sustainable Energy Initiative [viewed]

18 May 2012: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it is stepping up investments to improve energy efficiency and address climate change via new investment in projects worth up to €25 billion over the next three years, under the new phase of the Bank's Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI).

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UNFCCC Workshop Focuses on Equitable Access to Sustainable Development [viewed]

16 May 2012: The in-session workshop on equitable access to sustainable development took place in Bonn, Germany, during the UN Climate Change Conference. The workshop aimed to enhance Parties' understanding of ensuring equitable access to sustainable development and its possible operationalization, particularly in the context of identifying the timeframe for the peaking of global emissions and the global goal for emission reductions in 2050.

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EEA Report Assesses Progress Towards a Green Economy in Europe [viewed]

EEA16 May 2012: In the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the European Environment Agency (EEA) has produced a publication titled "Environmental Indicator Report 2012." The Report assesses progress within the EU to support the transition to a green economy, and presents established indicators that illustrate progress towards improving resource efficiency and indicators that depict the risk of passing environmental thresholds.

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UNFCCC Releases Norway's Submission on GHGs From Coastal and Marine Ecosystems [viewed]

11 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submission from Norway containing its views on specific themes to be addressed at the research dialogue, including information on technical and scientific aspects of emissions and removals of all greenhouse gases (GHGs) from coastal and marine ecosystems (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.2/Add.2).

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EU Energy Commissioner Highlights Importance of EU Covenant of Mayors for EU-China Mayors' Forum [viewed]

8 May 2012: At the opening session of the European Union (EU)-China urbanization partnership, the EU's Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger, announced that the Covenant of Mayors will play a critical role in the upcoming EU-China Mayors' Forum, enhancing opportunities for sharing best practices and peer-to-peer cooperation.

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

15 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Monaco (FCCC/ARR/2011/MCO), which indicates that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 15.7% between 1990 and 2009, and that the energy sector accounted for 96.3% of total GHG emissions.

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UNFCCC Releases Further Submissions on ADP Workplan [viewed]

15 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released six submissions from Parties containing their views on a workplan for the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (FCCC/ADP/2012/MISC.3/Add.1).

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Event: European Union Sustainable Energy Week [viewed]

European Union Sustainable Energy Week events will take place across Europe. Events in Brussels will center around a high-level conference on the sustainable energy sector, which is expected to draw 4,000 participants from over 50 countries. Throughout the week other events will take place in parallel to draw attention to energy efficiency and sustainable energy themes.  

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on QELROs [viewed]

14 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from Belarus, Iceland and Nauru on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), containing information on Annex I Parties' quantified emission limitation or reduction objectives (QELROs) for the second Kyoto Protocol commitment period (FCCC/KP/AWG/2012/MISC.1/Add.1).

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ESMAP's Annual Report Highlights Progress on Energy Poverty and Realignment of Focus Areas [viewed]

April 2012: The annual report of the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank indicates that, in 2011, the Program built on lessons learned by realigning focus areas and strengthening operational functions.

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