Europe

EU-Japan Summit Focuses on Climate Change, Green Growth and Energy [viewed]

28 May 2011: President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, and Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan reaffirmed the close partnership between the EU and Japan and discussed climate change, green growth and energy at the 20th EU-Japan Summit.

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UNEP and European Commission Launch Metal Recycling and Decoupling Reports [viewed]

26 May 2011: The European Commission and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have jointly launched reports on metal recycling and decoupling, during Green Week in Brussels, Belgium.

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European Commission Unveils Public Consultation Results on Environmental Financing [viewed]

26 May 2011: The European Commission has published the results of the online consultation on the future of LIFE+, the EU environmental funding tool. Respondents have expressed their views on the need for a specific financial instrument for the environment and climate action, on ways to boost its added value, and on the architecture of such an instrument in the next programming period.

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GEF Council Adopts Decision to Broaden GEF Partnership, New Funds Pledged [viewed]

26 May 2011: The 40th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has adopted a decision on broadening the GEF Partnership under Paragraph 28 of the GEF Instrument, which establishes criteria and accreditation procedures for allowing new entities into the Partnership during a pilot phase.

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Event: G8 Deauville Summit [viewed]

The G8, an informal group of advanced economies (France, the US, the UK, Russia, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada) meets once a year at a Summit of Heads of State and Government. The 2011 Summit will include a working session titled "nuclear safety - climate change."  

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EBRD Discussion Panel Addresses Promotion of Green Investments [viewed]

23 May 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) held a discussion panel titled "Weaving the Magic Carpet: How to Make Climate Finance Flow in the Region," which brought different perspectives on how to integrate climate finance to stimulate investments from the private sector in order to achieve a low-carbon future.

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UNFCCC Publishes the GHG Inventory of the Netherlands [viewed]

20 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/NLD) of the individual review of the annual submission of the Netherlands submitted in 2010.

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World Bank Lends US$200 Million for Energy Efficiency Projects in Ukraine [viewed]

17 May 2011: The World Bank approved a project to improve energy efficiency in industrial companies, municipalities and municipally-owned enterprises and energy service companies in Ukraine by facilitating bank lending for energy efficiency investments.

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EBRD Supports Energy Efficient Projects in Hungary [viewed]

19 May 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Erste Bank Hungary signed an agreement providing for a EUR15 million loan facility to stimulate energy efficiency projects in Hungarian municipalities, municipal companies and private energy saving companies providing services to local authorities.

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OECD Releases Review of Norway's Environmental Protection [viewed]

19 May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published its review of the environmental performance of Norway, which praises Norway's pioneering role in environmental protection, but calls for further action, notably in addressing climate change and protecting biodiversity.

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