Europe

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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EEA Releases Report on Urban Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

14 May 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on the challenges posed by climate change to urban areas in Europe and how cities can adapt to climate change. The report identifies climate change challenges and responses, describes means of planning urban adaptation, and examines how multi-level governance enables urban adaptation.

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

8 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Hungary (FCCC/ARR/2011/HUN) that indicates that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 3.3% between 1990 and 2009.

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IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme Publishes Report on Solar Heat Worldwide [viewed]

8 May 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC), in partnership with the AEE–Institute for Sustainable Technologies, has published “Solar Heat Worldwide: Markets and Contribution to the Energy Supply 2010.”

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FAO Note Provides Overview of Agriculture in UNFCCC Negotiations [viewed]

FAO9 May 2012: Ahead of the first UNFCCC climate change negotiations since the Durban Climate Change Conference concluded in South Africa at the end of 2011, the Economics and Policy Innovations for Climate-Smart Agriculture (EPIC) Programme at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a note that aims to help participants follow the UNFCCC agenda items relevant to agriculture.

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Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change Calls for Building on Durban [viewed]

EU8 May 2012: An Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change brought together representatives from 30 countries, including from least developed countries (LDCs) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), to build on the achievements of the Durban Climate Change Conference. The meeting, which was hosted by the EU, also provided an opportunity for Ministers to discuss the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Publication Surveys Electric Vehicle Policies in 16 Asian, European and North American Cities [viewed]

EV City Casebook5 May 2012: An International Energy Agency (IEA) supported publication, titled "EV City Casebook: A Look at the Global Electric Vehicle Movement," addresses best practices for electric vehicle usage.

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UNECE Meeting on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution Amends Gothenburg Protocol [viewed]

UNECE4 May 2012: The 30th Session of the Executive Body for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) adopted amendments to the 1999 Gothenburg Protocol to Abate Acidification, Eutrophication and Ground-level Ozone (Gothenburg Protocol). The amendments include national emission reduction commitments to be achieved by 2020 and beyond, and address, for the first time, particulate matter, including black carbon, a short-lived climate forcer.

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