Europe

Event: Thirteenth Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate [viewed]

The thirteenth meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate will convene in Crystal City, Virginia, US (just outside Washington, DC), from 17-18 November 2011. US Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs Michael Froman will serve as chair. The meeting will take place at the level of leaders' representatives. Members of the Major Economies Forum include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the UK, and the United States. In addition, representatives will attend from Argentina, Ecuador, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, and the United Nations. The session will provide an opportunity to exchange views in preparation for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  

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UNEP Risoe Centre Report Examines Perspectives on Post-2012 Carbon Markets [viewed]

15 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre has released its annual Perspectives Series, titled “Progressing Towards Post-2012 Carbon Markets.” The publication explores ways in which national, regional and global level carbon markets can be developed and up-scaled to sustain the involvement of the private sector in leveraging finance and innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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GEF Climate Change Fund Supports Weather Risk Insurance in the Balkans [viewed]

GEF10 November 2011: The Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), administered by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is providing a US$5.5 million grant to develop the disaster and weather-risk insurance market and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change in Albania, FYR Macedonia, and Serbia.

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ADB Approves US$100 Million for Low Carbon Growth, Climate Resilience in Indonesia [viewed]

ADB10 November 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$100 million loan to support the Low Carbon and Resilient Development Program in Indonesia, which the Government has pledged to use towards cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 26 percent over business-as-usual by 2020. 

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Ban, Norway's Prime Minister Discuss Sustainable Development, Climate Change [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General9 November 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg at UN Headquarters in New York, US, to discuss climate change and sustainable development, among other issues.

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EEA Publishes Transport and Environment Report [viewed]

10 November 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published its annual report on pollutant emissions from transport, highlighting a fall in 2009 that may, however, only be a temporary effect of the economic downturn.

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European Parliament Studies Climate Change Effects in Outermost Regions [viewed]

November 2011: The European Parliament has published a study titled “The Role of Regional Policy in Addressing the Effects of Climate Change in Outermost Regions,” which explores potential effects of climate change on the EU Outermost regions, and presents the measures and initiatives within EU Regional Policy supporting mitigation and/or adaption measures in these regions.

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EBRD Joins Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership [viewed]

8 November 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has joined the World Bank and partners in the Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership (GGFR) to evaluate the reasons why governments in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan are not utilizing associated gas.

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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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