Northern America

Climate Summit of the Americas Issues Climate Action Statement [viewed]

iisd_climate_summit9 July 2015: The Climate Summit of the Americas has issued the first-ever Pan-American Climate Action Statement leading up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), scheduled to take place in Paris, France, from 30 November to 11 December 2015. The Government of Ontario convened over 300 government, business and civil society leaders to foster and strengthen partnerships among jurisdictions for global climate action, and build motivation and support for carbon pricing.

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June 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

june20151 July 2015: During the month of June, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Commission, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank announced funding for sustainable energy projects. AfDB, ADB, EBRD, the European Commission and the World Bank also released publications on financing and deploying clean energy.

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US-Brazil Intensify Collaboration on Climate Change [viewed]

us-brazil30 June 2015: During an official visit to Washington DC, US, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed with US President Barack Obama to intensify the collaboration between the two countries, both bilaterally and under the UNFCCC. They issued a Joint US-Brazil Statement on Climate Change that addresses: leadership on the road to the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015; ambitious climate action; the launch of a Brazil-US Joint Initiative on Climate Change; cooperation on sustainable land use; and cooperation on clean energy and on climate change adaptation.

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OECD: Energy Taxation Underutilized as Climate Change Mitigation Measure [viewed]

OECD_NEW25 June 2015: A report released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) notes that energy taxes are one of the most effective policy tools for combating the negative effects of energy use. The report finds, however, that these taxes are currently "poorly aligned" with these negative effects, having limited impact on reducing energy use, increasing energy efficiency and shifting to alternative forms of energy.

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US, China Cooperate on CCS, Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy [viewed]

united_nations-china24 June 2015: The US and China have announced cooperation on two new carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects as part of ongoing climate change cooperation being undertaken by the US-China Climate Change Working Group (CCWG). The two projects and a number of other plans for further cooperation on climate change mitigation were announced during a series of high-level climate change events held between the two governments in Washington DC, US, from 22-23 June 2015.

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G7 Schloss Elmau Declaration Affirms Copenhagen Accord on US$100 Billion for Climate [viewed]

G7 Germany8 June 2015: G7 leaders issued a wide-ranging outcome document, the Schloss Elmau Declaration, at the close of their two-day meeting in Germany, in which they affirmed the 2009 Copenhagen Accord agreement to raise US$100 billion in annual climate financing from public and private sources, committed to make the Green Climate Fund fully operational in 2015, and promised action on the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs), resource efficiency, marine litter and renewable energy.

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IRENA, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center Promote Renewable Energy in US [viewed]

IRENA - Atlantic Council1 June 2015: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Atlantic Council Global Energy Center have hosted an event, titled 'The Renewable Energy Transition: The Impact on Climate Change, Energy Security and Economic Development,' to discuss IRENA's 'REmap 2030: A Renewable Energy Roadmap' and highlight renewable energy as an important component of US energy policy.

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ECPA Ministerial Builds Momentum for Clean Energy Economy in Americas [viewed]

ECPA logo26 May 2015: Several clean energy initiatives have been launched at the 2nd Ministerial of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), which strived to further strengthen momentum in the region to combat climate change and accelerate clean energy technology and policies ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Canada, Mexico, US Partner on Climate Change and Energy [viewed]

mexico_canada_us25 May 2015: The Governments of Canada, Mexico and the US have announced the creation of the North American Energy Ministers' Working Group on Climate Change and Energy. The partnership aims to harmonize efforts and policies toward common climate goals while protecting jobs and the economy. The joint announcement was made by Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, Ernest J. Moniz, US Secretary of Energy, and Pedro Joaquín-Coldwell, Mexico Secretary of Energy.

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Subnational Governments Sign Under2 MOU [viewed]

under2mou20 May 2015: A group of 12 subnational governments, representing more than US$4.5 trillion in GDP and 100 million people, have signed the ‘Under2 MOU,' a commitment to take leadership on climate action at the relevant levels of jurisdiction. The 12 signatories include: California, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, in the US; Acre, Brazil; Baden-Württemberg, Germany; Baja California and Jalisco in Mexico; Catalonia, Spain; Ontario and British Columbia in Canada; and Wales, UK.

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