Europe

Event: Recharging the European Electric Vehicle Market: Meeting Infrastructure and Standardisation Challenges [viewed]

This symposium will seek to move the current electric vehicle debate forward and guide participants through the challenges that lie ahead in the development of a standardized European electric vehicle market, such as Europe-wide charging and electricity infrastructure standardization. The symposium will also consider the implications for city planners of an expanded market-share for electric vehicles, as well as ongoing research and development advances, EU subsidies and improvements to supply from the power grid.  

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EEA Releases Reports on Water in a Changing Environment [viewed]

15 July 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on hazardous substances emitted into fresh and marine waters, noting climate change impacts, and another report on climate change impacts on water services and health.

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UN Secretary-General in Finland: Sustainable Development is UN's Top Priority [viewed]

15 July 2011: During his official visit to Finland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with President Tarja Halonen and called for greater attention to sustainable development, highlighting that climate change is a growing threat to people and economies worldwide.

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UNFCCC Publishes Review of the EU Submission [viewed]

UNFCCC13 July 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the individual review of the annual submission of the EU (FCCC/ARR/2010/EU) published in 2010.

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UNFCCC Publishes Review of Austria's Fifth National Communication [viewed]

UNFCCC8 July 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/IDR.5/AUT) of the in-depth review of the fifth national communication of Austria (NC5).  

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Decision on European Economic Area-wide Historical Aviation Emissions Adopted [viewed]

1 July 2011: The Joint Committee of the European Economy Area, composed of ambassadors of European Free Trade Area (EFTA) States and representatives from the European Commission and EU Member States, has adopted a decision on European Economic Area-wide historical aviation emissions.

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EEA Publishes Data on EU Passenger Cars Emissions [viewed]

29 June 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published preliminary data on emissions from passenger cars in the EU, and will provide confirmed data at the end of October 2011.

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Event: 62nd Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) [viewed]

Delegates at this meeting will consider: mandatory measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping for adoption; amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to designate a new US Caribbean sea area emission control area; the designation of the Baltic Sea as a Special Area with respect to pollution by sewage from ships; and the adoption of a revised Annex V related to control of garbage. The MEPC will also discuss issues relating to the implementation of the ship recycling and ballast water management conventions and consider the adoption of new guidelines on bio-fouling.  

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Finland Contributes to Rio Conventions' Gender Mainstreaming Efforts [viewed]

4 July 2011: Finland has announced that it will contribute EUR250,000 to the Special Voluntary Trust Fund of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to support implementation of the CBD Gender Plan of Action and activities to mainstream gender in the three Rio Conventions and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Fourth Aarhus MOP Addresses Sustainable Development, Adopts Chisinau Declaration [viewed]

1 July 2011: The fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 4) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) took place from 29 June-1 July 2011, in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

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