Europe

EIB Grants Credit Line to Caribbean Development Bank for Climate Action Projects [viewed]

6 January 2012: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced that it will grant a €50 million line of credit to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to help finance borrowing member countries' (BMC) efforts to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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UNDP Regional Centre in Bratislava Becomes Carbon Neutral [viewed]

9 January 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Centre in Bratislava has announced that it has achieved its goal of becoming carbon neutral, based on its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory for 2010.

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UNFCCC Publishes the Czech Republic's GHG Inventory Report [viewed]

6 January 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2011/CZE) of the individual review of the annual submission of the Czech Republic submitted in 2011, according to which, in 2009, carbon dioxide accounted for 84.9% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Czech Republic.

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UNRISD Paper Examines Social Policy and Double Injustice of Climate Change in the UK [viewed]

5 January 2012: The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has published a paper on the social dimensions and distributive implications of carbon mitigation policies (CMPs), in particular on their negative impact on low income households and the double injustice of climate change within developed countries.

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UNFCCC Publishes Romania's Fifth National Communication [viewed]

UNFCCC3 January 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the fifth National Communication (NC5) of Romania (FCCC/IDR.5/ROU). Annex I Parties were requested, in accordance with decision 10/CP.13, to submit their NC5 to the Secretariat by 1 January 2010. This report presents the results of the in-depth review of Romania's NC5 conducted by an expert review team (ERT) in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol.

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Event: 38th Summit of the G8 [viewed]

The US will host the 38th Summit of the Group of Eight (G8) at Camp David, Maryland, in May 2012. The G8 comprises Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the UK, and the US. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Chicago, back-to-back with the NATO summit, but the US announced the change in location and dates on 5 March (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/05/statement-press-secretary-g-8-and-nato-summits). The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold its summit in Chicago from 20-21 May (see http://www.chicagonato.org/ for more information). The Presidents Benin, Ghana and Tanzania and Prime Minister of Ethiopia are expected to join in the discussions on food security in Africa.  

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Conference Highlights Contribution of Overseas Entities to Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change Challenge [viewed]

20 December 2011: A conference on “Islands and Overseas Entities' contribution to biodiversity conservation and the fight against climate change” was held at the European Parliament, and aimed to raise awareness on the importance of overseas entities and islands' assets to take up these challenges.

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Ireland Publishes Roadmaps for Wind Power, Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles [viewed]

IEA22 December 2011: The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has published national technology roadmaps for wind power, smart grids, and electric vehicles using International Energy Agency (IEA) methodologies.

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Adaptation Fund Board Meeting Approves $39.5 Million Funding for Six Projects [viewed]

Adaptation Fund15 December 2011: At its 16th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board accredited three new implementing entities and approved the second project with direct access through a National Implementing Entity (NIE).

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EU Court Finds Measures on Aviation Emissions Compatible with International Law [viewed]

21 December 2011: The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has ruled that the EU decision to include the aviation sector in its Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2012, thereby providing that all airlines – including those of third countries – will have to acquire and surrender emission allowances for their flights departing from and arriving at European airports, is lawful under international law.

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