Northern America

Report Highlights North America's Efforts Towards Green Buildings [viewed]

UNEP14 June 2012: The US Green Building Council (USGBC), the UN Environment Programme's Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have released a new report titled “Advancing the Transformation to a Green Economy through Green Buildings and Resource Efficient Cities: Key Messages from North America.”  

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UNFCCC Releases Status Report of Canada's Annual Inventory [viewed]

12 June 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the annual status report of the annual inventory of Canada (FCCC/ASR/2012/CAN).

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Event: US Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Retreat [viewed]

The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative, of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), aims to advance the position of women in the field of clean energy. This retreat, hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Energy Initiative, will bring together 25 senior-level US C3E Ambassadors to discuss strategy and review the nominations for the C3E Awards, which will be announced at the C3E Symposium at MIT on 28 September 2012.  

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Sweden, US Launch Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Campaign [viewed]

3 June 2012: Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and HRH Swedish Crown Princess Victoria launched an awareness raising campaign under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs). The campaign consists of a contest to come up with creative ideas to inform the public about SLCPs and means of addressing the issue.

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ESMAP Bulletin Highlights Knowledge Exchange Forum and New Publications [viewed]

26 May 2012: The May issue of the World Bank-administered Energy Sector Management Assistance Program's (ESMAP) E-Bulletin highlights the 2012 Knowledge Exchange Forum, the release of its latest annual report and several new publications on transmission infrastructure for renewable energy sources from remote areas, sustainable development of Chinese cities, and district heating in Ukraine.   

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UNFCCC Workshop Considers Options and Ways for Increasing Ambition [viewed]

21 May 2012: The Workshop on increasing the level of ambition under paragraph 8 of decision 1/CP.17 aimed to consider options and ways for increasing ambition and possible further actions to bridge the gap between the sum of current pledges to curb emissions and what is required by 2020 to limit global average temperature increase to 2ºC.

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UNFCCC Releases Further Submissions on Quantified Economywide Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

14 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from Canada, Iceland and Nauru, on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), containing additional information relating to the quantified economywide emission reduction targets contained in document FCCC/SB/2011/INF.1/Rev.1 (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.1/Add.2).

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UN Greening the Blue Announces UN Headquarters Now Powered by Renewable Energy [viewed]

16 May 2012: Greening the Blue has announced that the UN Headquarters building in New York, the US, is to be powered by renewable energy. The UN has purchased Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), a tradable certificate issued when electricity is generated and delivered to the grid from a qualifying renewable energy source.

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UNFCCC Workshop Focuses on Equitable Access to Sustainable Development [viewed]

16 May 2012: The in-session workshop on equitable access to sustainable development took place in Bonn, Germany, during the UN Climate Change Conference. The workshop aimed to enhance Parties' understanding of ensuring equitable access to sustainable development and its possible operationalization, particularly in the context of identifying the timeframe for the peaking of global emissions and the global goal for emission reductions in 2050.

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UNFCCC Releases Canada's Submission on Agriculture [viewed]

9 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from Canada containing its views on issues relating to agriculture (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.6/Add.2).

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