Europe

EIB Funds Climate Change Adaptation and Biogas Investments in the UK [viewed]

3 November 2011: The European Investment Bank (EIB) approved a GBP 400 million loan to the UK's United Utilities for climate change and energy efficient water management.

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UNFCCC Publishes Revised Technical Paper on QELROs [viewed]

4 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a revised technical paper (FCCC/TP/2010/3/Rev.1) on issues relating to the transformation of pledges for emission reductions into quantified emission limitation and reduction objectives (QELROs). The paper provides a brief explanation of this transformation and illustrates the effect that different variables have on it.

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EU Finance Ministers Adopt Conclusions on Fast-start Climate Finance [viewed]

8 November 2011: EU Finance Ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on 8 November 2011, adopted conclusions on climate finance. They stressed the importance of fast-start finance for the swift implementation of the Cancun Agreements and endorsed the final report on finance provided by the EU and its member States to be presented at the Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011.

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EBRD and GGRF to Combat Gas Flaring in the Russian Federation and Central Asia [viewed]

8 November 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Bank-led Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership (GGFR) will help governments in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan introduce energy efficiency measures and environmental standards in oil and gas operations.

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IFPRI Study Confirms Concerns over Land-use Change Effects of EU Biofuel Policies [viewed]

4 November 2011: A new study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a centre of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), analyzes the question of indirect land-use change (ILUC) in relation to the EU's Renewable Energy Directive. It finds that ILUC issues are a valid concern, but that the impact depends on the type of feedstock crop used as well as other factors such liberalization of international trade in biofuels.

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IFAD to Meet with Dutch Ministry on Agricultural Responses to Climate Change [viewed]

4 November 2011: Kanayo Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is scheduled to meet with various members of the Dutch Government to discuss how best to support developing country governments to create stronger policies for rural development and infrastructure, including strengthening responses to risks such as climate change.

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UNFCCC Releases Annual Report of Compliance Committee to COP/MOP [viewed]

3 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annual report of the Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee to the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP), covering activities undertaken from 19 September 2010 to 13 October 2011 (FCCC/KP/CMP/2011/5).

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OECD Brief Analyzes Car Scrapping Schemes [viewed]

October 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a policy brief titled “Do car scrapping schemes help the environment and increase safety?”

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Materiality Standard Under the CDM [viewed]

1 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions by parties and observer organizations on the materiality standard under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.13).

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2011 Human Development Report Focuses on Sustainability and Equity [viewed]

2 November 2011: The 2011 Human Development Report, titled "Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All,” highlights that equity and sustainability are inextricably linked. It notes that, if bold actions are not taken, environmental damage, including climate change effects, can slow or reverse development progress made in recent years. 

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