US Submits INDC [viewed]

USA Flag31 March 2015: The US has submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat, formalizing its commitment to cut emissions by 26-28% below its 2005 levels by 2025. The contribution will represent an approximate doubling in the rate of its emissions cuts and is consistent with a straight line emission reduction pathway from 2020 to reductions of 80% or more below 2005 levels by 2050, according to the submission.

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March 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

march_climate_finance_201531 March 2015: During the month of March 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the UN Development Programme (UNDP)/World Bank Climate Finance Options (CFO) platform and the World Bank reported on climate finance projects, mechanisms and developments. ADB, EIB, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI) and the World Bank released publications and organized events.

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Technologies to Support MRV and Track Private Sector Deforestation Commitments [viewed]

cifor_profor_unep_wcmc1 April 2015: During March, the month that marked the celebration of the International Day of Forests, a number of significant forest-related research studies, tools and technologies were released.

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European Mayors to Cooperate on Climate Change [viewed]

europeans_mayors26 March 2015: Representatives from 30 European capitals and major cities met to express and formalize their commitment to address climate change, emphasizing the role major urban centers play in this field. The meeting, which took place on 26 March 2015, in Paris, France, came in advance of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris in December 2015. French President Francois Hollande addressed the European mayors, stating that major cities must be “pioneers” in terms of low-emission practices.

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Renewable Energy Met 15% of EU Energy Demand in 2013 [viewed]

ec26 March 2015: Energy from renewable sources met 15% of gross energy consumption in the EU in 2013, according to the EU's statistical office, Eurostat. This figure compares with the 8.3% of energy consumption covered by renewables in 2004. Since then, renewables have grown in all EU countries, with 13 at least doubling their renewable share over the last ten years.

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ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund Supports Community Seed Network in Guatemala [viewed]

ITPGRMarch 2015: With support from the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), a project implemented by the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala and focusing on the documentation and conservation of genetic diversity of maize and beans has strengthened the local association of farmers and established a local seed network. The project started with the establishment of a local network to assess storage practices, the availability of seed and sowing practices, as well as the information on and perception of the negative impacts of climate change.

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Norway, Mexico Submit INDCs [viewed]

mexico_norway30 March 2015: The Governments of Norway and Mexico submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the UNFCCC on 27 and 30 March 2015, respectively. The submissions followed those by Switzerland and the EU, and brought the total number of parties to the UNFCCC that have formally submitted their INDCs to 32.

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ECO Countries Resolve to Communicate INDCs [viewed]

eco27 March 2015: The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Ministerial Conference on Climate Change, which convened in Safranbolu, Turkey, concluded with the adoption of the 'Safranbolu Declaration on Enhancing Regional pre-COP 21 Ambition on Climate Change,' including a resolution from its ten member States to deliver their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) towards a “fair, flexible, durable and inclusive legally-binding post-2020 climate agreement” at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, in December 2015.

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EC Launches Legal Action over Non-Transposition of Energy Efficiency Directive by Member States [viewed]

ec26 March 2015: The European Commission referred Hungary to the European Court of Justice for failing to transpose the EU's Energy Efficiency Directive into national law. In addition, the Commission launched procedures against all EU member States except Malta for failure to notify the Commission on the national transposition measures of the same directive.

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European Council Addresses Next Steps for Energy Union [viewed]

European Council19 March 2015: The European Council has confirmed its commitment to the EU's Energy Union at a meeting focused on designing the first steps toward the Union. The Council released its 'Conclusions on the Energy Union,' which call for concrete actions to support the Union and a forward-looking climate policy. The Conclusions also call for coordinated climate diplomacy ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015 and intensified work on financing, technology transfer and capacity building.

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