Northern America

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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Canada Submits INDC [viewed]

CANADA Flag15 May 2015: The Government of Canada has submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat. Canada intends to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions economy-wide by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. Canada is the 38th party to formally submit an INDC.

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EE Global 2015 Highlights Leadership, Markets, Buildings and Investment [viewed]

alliance_to_save_energy13 May 2015: The 2015 Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global) served as a platform for launching new tools and technologies, introducing ideas for energy efficiency governance, discussing ways to demonstrate the value of building efficiency to industry, and advocating proper valuation of energy efficiency in the marketplace. The Forum, in its eighth iteration, brought together thought leaders from private industry, the non-profit sector and government to inspire action to advance energy efficiency.

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G7, EU Reaffirm Commitment to Sustainable Energy Security​ [viewed]

G7 Germany12 May 2015: G7 energy ministers and their representatives, as well as European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, convened to discuss ways to enhance sustainable energy security, including through energy efficiency, renewable energy and innovative technologies.

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