Europe

UNFCCC Publishes Switzerland's Views on Developing Country Mitigation Actions [viewed]

UNFCCC3 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published Switzerland's submission (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/MISC.7/Add.6) on its views on the items relating to a work programme for the development of modalities and guidelines listed in paragraph 66 of decision 1/CP.16 (Enhanced action on mitigation: nationally appropriate mitigation actions by developing country parties).

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UNFCCC Publishes EU Submission on Support to Developing Countries [viewed]

UNFCCC30 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an addendum containing the EU's submission on the support provided to developing country parties and on activities undertaken to strengthen existing, and to establish, national and regional systematic observation and monitoring networks (FCCC/SBI/2011/MISC.6/Add.1).

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EBRD Supports Hydropower Project in Ukraine [viewed]

29 September 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved a loan to finance upgrades of hydro- and electro-mechanical equipment at Ukrgidroenergo's (UHE) hydropower plants. UHE is Ukraine's state-owned operator of large hydro-generating and pump storage facilities.

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UNFCCC Publishes AWG-LCA Submissions for Panama Session [viewed]

UNFCCC3 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a number of submisisons from parties to be considered by the third part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14), taking place in Panama City, Panama, from 1-7 October 2011.

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Eastern Partnership Summit Discusses Green Economy [viewed]

30 September 2011: The Heads of State or Government and representatives of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, the EU and its member States met in Warsaw, Poland, on 29-30 September 2011, to renew their commitment to the objectives and continued implementation of the Eastern Partnership, including on the green economy, climate change and energy. 

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European Parliament Makes Recommendations for EU Position at Rio+20 [viewed]

29 September 2011: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on developing a common EU position ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), outlining its views on the concept of the green economy and desired outcomes of the Conference.

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EBRD to Fund Construction of Energy Efficient Shopping Mall [viewed]

27 September 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has raised US$69.6 million for the construction of an energy efficient shopping mall in the city of Surgut, Russian Federation.

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EBRD Launches Energy Efficiency Facility for Small Businesses in Romania [viewed]

26 September 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has launched a €60 million programme to fund energy efficiency projects in Romanian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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Event: Renewables 2011 Global Status Report - Launch Event [viewed]

The Renewable Energy Global Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) will be holding a launch event for its Renewables 2011 Global Status Report. The report captures the most up-to-date information on renewable energy policies, industries, investments and markets. Some of the main messages of the report include that, in 2010: renewables made up nearly half of newly installed electricity capacity; renewable energies made up an estimated 16% of global final energy consumption; solar photovoltaic usage more than doubled due to price reductions; global investments in renewables increased by over 30% to a record US$ 211 billion; and emerging and developing economies significantly increased their share of renewables policies, investment, supply and use. The event will be held in conjunction with the launch of the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) in Bonn, Germany. It is taking place from 9:00-11:00 am.  

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UNGA General Debate Addresses Impacts of Climate Change, SIDS' Vulnerability [viewed]

26 September 2011: During the general debate of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), a number of speakers referred to the impacts of climate change, addressing, inter alia, the specific vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the prospects for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), and the impacts of climate change on food security and disasters.

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