Europe

UNFCCC Releases Parties' Views on a LULUCF Comprehensive Accounting [viewed]

UNFCCC12 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a document containing three parties' views on issues relating to a more comprehensive accounting of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks from land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), including through a more inclusive activity-based approach or a land-based approach, as referred to in decision 2/CMP.7, paragraph 5 (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.19).

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GEF SGP Presents Results of Recycled Wood Pellet Project [viewed]

8 October 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), supported a project to build a wooden pellet production facility in the Rivne region of Ukraine.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Presents an Overview of Global and Domestic Action on Climate Change [viewed]

24 October 2012: As part of the Lowy Lecture Series in Sydney, Australia, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), delivered a speech titled “Global Action on climate change: How the world is responding to the challenge,” in which she sought to correct misconceptions about international and domestic actions to address climate change.

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UNECE/FAO Forest Newsletter Highlights Wood Energy Impacts and Data Reliability [viewed]

UNECEOctober 2012: The latest Forest Newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) focuses attention on two workshops on the impacts of wood energy use and wood energy data reliability, as well as their Joint Wood Energy Enquiry, which provides information on the origin and amount of wood energy consumption.

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OECD Roundtable Recommends Integrating Investment and Climate Change Policies [viewed]

OECD25 September 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) organized a special roundtable discussion on 25 September 2012, titled "Mobilising Private Investment in Low-Carbon, Climate-Resilient Infrastructure,” which addressed the integration of investment and climate change policies at the domestic level to provide stable policy frameworks for investments in low-carbon, climate-resilient (LCR) infrastructure.

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Event: EU Rail Policy Conference [viewed]

The EU Rail Policy Conference, titled "Unravelling the new railway package," aims to bring together the latest research and practical experience to consider rail policy issues, including: efficient approaches for vertical separation, passenger market competition, and effective regulation. The aim of the EU Rail Policy Conference is to have a wide debate to generate insights on the way forward.  

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UNFCCC Releases EU's Views on Transboundary Projects and CERs Global Reserve [viewed]

22 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a miscellaneous document on views on issues referred to in decision 10/CMP.7, paragraph 4 (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.12/Add.1). The document contains the submission by the EU on the eligibility of transboundary projects and a Global Reserve of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs). 

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Event: European Electric Vehicle Congress [viewed]

The Congress will bring together policy makers, industry leaders, end-users, researchers, and NGOs to discuss the policy, economic, technological, and ecological aspects of electric vehicles and clean transportation. The main theme of the conference is "Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles are ready: Challenges, Opportunities and Outlook." The day before the Congress, an EU Project day is being organized to provide information on different programs, funding opportunities and funded projects supported by the European institutions.  

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Economics of Land Degradation Meeting Agrees on Methodology, Working Groups for Initiative [viewed]

ELD5 October 2012: The joint meeting of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative gathered academics, political decision makers, local administrators and private sector representatives to consider a methodological approach and scientific baseline for the valuation of land and land-based ecosystem services in the course of the ELD initiative.

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ESMAP Report Outlines Global and National-Level Policy Lessons for Low-Carbon Development [viewed]

October 2012: According to a report from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank, countries seeking to balance economic growth with carbon reduction can achieve both. The report details case studies on low-carbon development in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland and South Africa.

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