Europe

IEA Bioenergy Newsletter Highlights Bioenergy Potential and Challenges in Austria [viewed]

IEA5 December 2012: The December issue of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Implementing Agreement on Bioenergy (IEA Bioenergy) newsletter highlights activities at the 70th meeting of the IEA Bioenergy Executive Committee (ExCo70), bioenergy in Austria, and Task 40 on Sustainable International Bioenergy Trade.

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Event: European Forest Week 2013 [viewed]

This week will be celebrated under the theme 'The role of forests and forest products in a Green Economy' and will focus on the contribution of forests to the green economy. The main celebrations will be centred on Metsä 2013, the joint session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) European Forestry Commission. Additional events will be held throughout Europe.  

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OECD Releases 2013 Fragile States Report [viewed]

OECD6 December 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its “Fragile States Report 2013: Resource flows and trends in a shifting world.” The report illustrates the many dimensions of fragility, including economic, environmental, political, security and social dimensions.

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EEA Report Highlights EU Progress in Phasing Out ODS [viewed]

EEA5 December 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released an “Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) 2011 Summary” report, which highlights progress in phasing out ODS in Europe. The report provides aggregated data reported by European companies on the production, import, export, destruction and use of ODS in the EU.

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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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