Europe

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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UNECE Watercourses Convention Celebrates 20th Anniversary [viewed]

UNECE4 September 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (UNECE Watercourses Convention), signed in 1992 in Helsinki, returned to that city to celebrate its 20th anniversary. A two-day meeting was held to reflect on the accomplishments of the Convention and contemplate its future as it is readied to allow accession to the Convention by UN members outside the UNECE.

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UNU–EHS Joins ANDROID Network to Improve Disaster Preparedness in Cities [viewed]

4 September 2012: The UN University (UNU) Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU–EHS) has joined the Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimize Educational Development (ANDROID). This network aims to improve disaster preparedness in cities worldwide by promoting cooperation and innovation among the European higher education community.

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UNISDR, WMO Launch Disaster Resilience Project in Western Balkans and Turkey [viewed]

28 August 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are co-sponsoring a two-year project to reduce disaster risks and increase resilience to climate change in the Western Balkans and Turkey.

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Australia, EU to Link Emissions Trading Systems [viewed]

28 August 2012: Greg Combet, Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action, have announced that the Australian emissions trade scheme and the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) will be fully linked by 2018.

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Nordic Council of Ministers Paper Calls for Increasing Efficiency of UNFCCC Negotiations [viewed]

16 August 2012: A paper released by the Nordic Council of Ministers assesses the “state-of-play” of ongoing negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and identifies proposals for improved efficiency in the process. The paper explores the organization of work and strategic oversight of the UNFCCC, decision making processes and processes outside of the UNFCCC.

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UNECE, FAO Release Annual Market Review of Forest Products for 2011-2012 [viewed]

August 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) released the “Forest Products Annual Market Review, 2011-2012,” which finds that wood energy constitutes the primary renewable energy source in the UNECE region, and discusses the role of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) mechanisms in carbon markets.

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GCF Inaugural Board Meeting Elects Co-Chairs, Agrees on Process for Selecting Host [viewed]

25 August 2012: The first Board meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) considered the work plan of the Board, and initiated the work towards the operationalization of the Fund. Key outcomes of the meeting include the election of the Board's Co-Chairs and adoption of a decision on how to conduct the process to select the host country of the Fund.

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