Europe

Event: Take Lead [viewed]

The Take Lead conference seeks to discover new oppor­tunities for cities and businesses and share knowledge to confront the emerging crisis through green growth. It will include workshops on: Smart Grid –Smart Growth; Sustainable Living in Buildings; Electric Vehicles; Communicating Green Growth; Bio Business is Big Business; Water –the Lasting Drop; a Sea of Wind- off shore wind; and Solutions for Sustainable Cities. The results of the discussions will feed into the report “State of the Green Economy” that will be submitted to the EU, C40, Rio+20 and UN Global Compact.  

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UNEP, OECD Launch Climate Change and Tourism Policy Report [viewed]

10 October 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have a released a report titled “Climate Change and Tourism Policy in OECD Countries,” which warns that unless resource-efficient policies are developed, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the tourism industry will double over the next 25 years.

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World Bank Purchases Carbon Credits from Poland's Energy-Efficiency in Buildings Scheme [viewed]

World Bank5 October 2011: The World Bank and the Government of Poland have signed an Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement (ERPA) whereby the Bank will buy carbon credits generated by Poland through energy efficiency measures in public buildings.

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European Commission, EEA Release Reports on EU Emissions [viewed]

7 October 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Commission have released a series of reports aimed at providing a comprehensive picture on past and projected greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the EU.

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G20 Summit Preparations Focus on Green Growth [viewed]

6 October 2011: Federal Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, and the Heads of five international agencies met in Berlin, Germany, on 6 October 2011, to call for coordinated policy action to restore confidence and improve sustainable and balanced growth and employment prospects ahead of the G20 Summit to be held in Cannes, France, on 3-4 November 2011. 

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions on the Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

UNFCCC5 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document containing proposals by parties and relevant organizations for upcoming activities under the Nairobi Work Programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.6).

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UNFCCC Publishes Assessment of Estonia's Forest Management Reference Level [viewed]

UNFCCC3 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the technical assessment of the forest management reference level submission of Estonia submitted in 2011 (FCCC/TAR/2011/EST).

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EBRD Invests in Renewable Energy and Efficiency Projects in Turkey [viewed]

29 September 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting Turkey's investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to increase energy savings and reduce carbon emissions.

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European Commission Launches Online Consultation on Fluorinated Gas Emissions [viewed]

26 September 2011: The European Commission has published a report and launched a public consultation on strengthening EU measures to reduce emissions of fluorinated gases, a group of industrial gases with high global warming potential.

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EU Finance Ministers Recommend Progress on Climate Finance [viewed]

4 October 2011: The Economic and Financial Affairs Council of the EU, which gathers EU finance ministers, has adopted conclusions on climate finance, in which the Council stresses the need to provide a transparent report on fast-start finance to ensure trust among UNFCCC parties, confirming that the EU will report in Durban on this issue.

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