Europe

EEA Reports Recommend Environmental Tax Reform [viewed]

9 January 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released two reports on European Tax Reform (ETR). The reports, titled “Environmental Tax Reform in Europe: Opportunities for Eco-innovation” and “Environmental Tax Reform in Europe: Implications for Income Distribution,” highlight that implementing the ERT could spur eco-innovation, create jobs, and result in environmental benefits, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. 

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Voting Process for CSO Representatives at FCPF Opens [viewed]

6 February 2012: The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has announced that the voting process is open to select observers for three "Southern" civil society organizations (CSOs) and one "Northern" CSO to attend the Participants Committee meetings of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is hosted at the World Bank.

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Event: Second IRU/EU Road Transport Conference: Efficient Solutions for Making Road Transport Greener [viewed]

Organized by the International Road Transport Union (IRU) in cooperation with the European Commission, and the Danish Presidency of the Council of the EU, this conference will focus on “Efficient Solutions for Making Road Transport Greener”. The conference will focus on the implementable and immediate perspective, as well as a mid- to long-term perspective on where greening will happen through innovations.  

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IEA Recommends Slovakia Increase Energy Efficiency and Diversify Energy Mix [viewed]

IEA6 February 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report, titled "Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Slovak Republic Review," which lauds the Slovak Republic's improvements in energy efficiency and urges the country to increase efforts to strengthen its energy security and industrial competitiveness.

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UN Missions Discuss UN's Environmental Sustainability Management [viewed]

2 February 2012: The UN Greening the Blue Campaign has announced that the UN has held its first meeting with diplomatic missions to the UN on the UN's environmental sustainability management. The meeting was designed to share lessons and best practices on sustainability initiatives, and included presentations by the Green Diplomacy programmes of Chile and the UK.

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Boat Unveiled in Turkey [viewed]

30 January 2012: The Istanbul Technical University in Turkey has unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell boat. The boat, which is named "Marti" (meaning seagull), was developed over four years with funding from several organizations, including the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.

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

30 January 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report (FCCC/ARR/2011/FIN) of the individual review of the annual submission of Finland submitted in 2011. The report notes that in 2009, the main greenhouse gas (GHG) in Finland was carbon dioxide, accounting for 83.5% of total GHG emissions expressed in CO2 eq, followed by nitrous oxide (N02) (8.6%) and methane (CH4) (6.4%).

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UK, Caribbean Countries Agree on Sustainable Growth Action Plan [viewed]

CARICOM23 January 2012: The seventh UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum, which was organized under the theme "Sustainable Growth Toward Prosperity," concluded with the adoption of a 31-point action plan. The UK agreed to give the region 75 million pounds over four years for its implementation, with 4.9 million pounds earmarked for climate change work.

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EUROCLIMA Launches New Website and Second Newsletter [viewed]

26 January 2012: EUROCLIMA, a joint environmental programme of the EU and Latin America, has launched its new website, as well as the second issue of its newsletter, which focuses on water and climate change in Latin America.

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UNEP en.Lighten Partnership Newsletter Highlights Energy Efficiency Programme in Nigeria [viewed]

25 January 2012: The latest issue of the e-newsletter for the en.lighten Partnership of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) includes a message from UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, inviting all countries and organizations that are addressing the climate change challenge by improving energy efficiency and access to join the en.lighten Partnership.

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