Europe

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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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 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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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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UNFCCC Releases Further Submissions on ADP Workplan [viewed]

15 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released six submissions from Parties containing their views on a workplan for the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (FCCC/ADP/2012/MISC.3/Add.1).

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

15 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Monaco (FCCC/ARR/2011/MCO), which indicates that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 15.7% between 1990 and 2009, and that the energy sector accounted for 96.3% of total GHG emissions.

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EU Energy Commissioner Highlights Importance of EU Covenant of Mayors for EU-China Mayors' Forum [viewed]

8 May 2012: At the opening session of the European Union (EU)-China urbanization partnership, the EU's Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger, announced that the Covenant of Mayors will play a critical role in the upcoming EU-China Mayors' Forum, enhancing opportunities for sharing best practices and peer-to-peer cooperation.

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UNFCCC Releases Norway's Submission on GHGs From Coastal and Marine Ecosystems [viewed]

11 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submission from Norway containing its views on specific themes to be addressed at the research dialogue, including information on technical and scientific aspects of emissions and removals of all greenhouse gases (GHGs) from coastal and marine ecosystems (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.2/Add.2).

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