Europe

Public Consultation Launched on Linking Australian, EU Emission Trading Systems [viewed]

5 March 2013: Australia's Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA) have launched an online public consultation on registry options for linking the Australian and European Union emission trading systems.

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NOAK Study Calls for Ambitious Pledges to Boost Demand in Flagging Global Carbon Market [viewed]

6 March 2013: A report commissioned by the Nordic Working Group for Global Climate Negotiations (NOAK) analyses the status and outlook for the increasingly fragmented global carbon market, and identifies measures that could be taken to boost demand for carbon credits in the absence of an ambitious global climate policy.

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FAO Updates Database of Agriculture, Forestry and Land Mitigation Projects [viewed]

FAOMarch 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has produced an updated assessment of the current status of land-based sectors in carbon markets through its Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture Project (MICCA). The report, titled "Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use Mitigation Project Database," presents analyses of project methodologies and sizes, as well as regional differences in project types and scheme development.

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Global Network of Basins Concludes First Meeting on Climate Adaptation [viewed]

21 February 2013: The first meeting of the Global Network of Basins on climate change adaptation was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO).

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EEA Report Assesses Environmental Pressures from Consumption and Production [viewed]

EEA4 March 2013: In a new report analyzing environmental pressures from production and consumption, the European Environment Agency (EEA) argues that the EU's environmental goals cannot be reached without increased technology improvements, structural economic changes, and behavioral changes.

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Event: Dublin Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice [viewed]

The Irish Government and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice will convene an international conference to open dialogue and debate on the global challenges of hunger, nutrition and climate justice, with the goal of encouraging and inspiring innovative thinking and solutions. The conference is being organized in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). This will not be an intergovernmental meeting, but instead will bring together key policy makers and global thought leaders with local people and practitioners facing the realities of rising food prices, failed crops, under-nutrition and voicelessness. The objective will be to facilitate a respectful dialogue and learn from practical experience and robust evidence to inform a new approach to addressing hunger, nutrition and climate justice, in the context of the new international development agenda. The aim will not simply be to adopt an outcome document, but to inspire new ways of thinking about global development challenges and to invigorate and broaden the debate, at all levels, listening to and learning from the experiences of local people, and rooting future thematic policy approaches in their lives and their efforts to cope. To facilitate a focused dialogue, participation will be by invitation, but there will be opportunities for others to participate online.  

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EC Releases Guidelines on Financial Incentives for Clean and Energy Efficient Vehicles [viewed]

FAO28 February 2013: The European Commission (EC) has published a Commission Staff Working Document on “Guidelines on Financial Incentives for Clean Energy and Energy Efficient Vehicles.” The document provides guidelines and proposes a common framework for using grants, loans, tax deductions, and other financial incentives to increase the number of clean and efficient vehicles in EU member States.

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UNDP, BSEC Launch Black Sea Climate and Business Initiative [viewed]

1 March 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) launched the UNDP Black Sea Climate and Business Initiative (CLIMBIZ), a regional partnership for action on sustainable development in the Black Sea region, and the CLIMBIZ Challenge, with the support of the Austrian Development Cooperation and BSEC.

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EEA Map Projects Increased Urban Flood Risk, Heat Waves in European Cities [viewed]

EEA1 March 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) produced an Eye on Earth map that highlights potential climate-induced flood risk and temperature increases in European cities, in advance of the First Eye on Earth User Conference, which will be held from 4-6 March 2013, in Dublin, Ireland.

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Norway, ADB and Bhutan Sign Energy+ Partnership [viewed]

4 February 2013: The Government of Norway has announced that it has signed a "Framework for Energy+ Cooperation" with the Government of Bhutan and the Asian Development Bank, with the objective of supporting Bhutan's efforts to increase access to sustainable energy services and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through enhanced promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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