Europe

EBRD Finances Heat and Water Provision Efficiency for Municipality in Ukraine [viewed]

EBRD23 February 2012: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved a €10 million loan to reduce energy loss in gas and electricity consumption and improve the quality of heat and hot-water provision in the Ukrainian municipality of Zhytomyr.

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EEA Releases Preliminary Data on Emissions Ceilings Directive Limits [viewed]

EEA22 February 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released preliminary data that shows that 12 countries have exceeded the 2010 emissions limits under the EU National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive, which covers: sulphur dioxide (SO2); nitrogen oxides (NOx); non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs); and ammonia (NH3). NOx and NMVOCs are greenhouse gases (GHGs) contributing to climate change.

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EU, EEA Reports Call for Addressing Soil Degradation [viewed]

EU13 February 2012: The European Commission and the European Energy Agency (EEA) have released two reports on soil degradation, titled "Implementation of the Soil Thematic Strategy and Ongoing Activities" and "The State of Soil in Europe," which underscore threats to soil and actions taken by the EU to address those challenges.

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Event: Fifth Meeting of the UNECE Taskforce on Water and Climate [viewed]

This meeting will bring together participants from governmental authorities, the private sector, NGOs and international organization to review progress on the activities under the Task Force, as well as future activities on water and climate under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Water Convention beyond 2012. It will be organized back-to-back with third workshop on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins, which will be held on 25-26 April 2012 in Geneva.  

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Event: Third Workshop on Water and Climate Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins [viewed]

This workshop, which is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), will bring together participants engaged in activities on water and adaptation to climate change and variability, in particular in transboundary basins. It aims to offer a platform for exchanging experience on climate change adaptation strategies, best practices, success factors and lessons learned.  

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Moscow Meeting Adopts Declaration on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS [viewed]

Moscow Meeting Adopts Declaration on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS (photo courtesy of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation)22 February 2012: A group of 23 countries meeting in Moscow, Russian Federation, adopted the Joint Declaration of the Moscow Meeting on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS, which outlines the participants' shared position that the EU and its Member States must cease application of the Directive 2008/101/EC to airlines and aircraft operators registered in third States. Under the Directive, international civil aviation was included in the EU-Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as of 1 January 2012.

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IEA Report Reviews Danish Sustainable Energy Policies [viewed]

IEA21 February 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report titled “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Denmark,” which highlights Denmark's long-term energy goal of becoming independent of fossil fuel use by 2050, but notes that challenges remain in implementing its ambitious goals.

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IEA Report on Energy Policy of Slovak Republic Calls for Regional Cooperation on Energy Security [viewed]

IEA6 February 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report entitled “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Slovak Republic Review,” which lauds Slovakia's efforts on energy efficiency, and notes the essential role of greater regional cooperation, particularly in gas and electricity interconnections, in enhancing energy security and market competition for the region as a whole.

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European Finance Ministers Adopt Conclusions on Durban Follow-up [viewed]

EU21 February 2012: During the Council meeting on Economic and Financial Affairs, European Finance Ministers adopted conclusions on "Climate Finance – Follow-up to the Durban Conference," which welcome the approval of the governing instrument for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at the Durban Climate Change Conference, the work programme on long-term finance, and the decision on financing for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries).

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EU-EBRD Sustainable Excellence Awards 2012 Ceremony Recognizes Energy Projects [viewed]

EBRD15 February 2012: The  Moldovan Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (MoSEFF) honored the seven best sustainable energy projects during the “EU-EBRD Sustainable Excellence Awards 2012” ceremony. Projects included industrial and agricultural energy efficiency, building rehabilitation, solar and biomass energy.

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