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Commission adopts Report on indirect land use change
22-Dec-10 European Commission News EU The Commission published a report on indirect land use change related to biofuels and bioliquids. The report acknowledges that indirect land use change can reduce greenhouse gas emissions savings associated with biofuels, but also identifies a number of uncertainties associated with the available models. The report announces that the Commission will conduct an impact assessment, thereby taking into consideration potential changes to the existing legislation. If needed, the Commission will recommend to address this issue under a precautionary approach. In addition the Commission will continue to conduct work in this area in order to ensure that policy decisions are based on the best available science and to meet its future reporting obligations on this matter.
Open a new period of more ambitious energy savings
30-Dec-10 Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transportation and Housing News France After 10 months of consultation with all stakeholders, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transportation and Housing, Christine Lagarde, Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry and Eric Besson, Minister for Industry, Energy and the Digital Economy, kick off a new stage in the implementation of the device certificates for energy savings from January 2011 to December 2013.
Federal Environment Ministry extended support to projects in the local climate  22-Dec-10 Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
News Germany With the start of the new year there are new funding opportunities for projects in the local climate. This, the Directive on the promotion of climate protection projects in social, cultural and public institutions, which amended the Federal Ministry of Environment. From the beginning of the new year 31 until the March 2011 to submit communities and cultural and social institutions their applications to the Project Management Jülich. The projects funded under the National Climate Protection Initiative. 30 million euros are available.
Canada and British Columbia Sign Agreement on GHG Data Collection 17-Dec-10 Environment Canada News Canada Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable John Baird, and British Columbia's Minister of State for Climate Action, the Honourable John Yap, announced that Canada and British Columbia will coordinate their greenhouse gas emission reporting under a national single window system.
Energy Efficiency Action Plan: focus on efficient buildings and implementing existing legislation 16-Dec-10 European Parliament News EU Efficient buildings should be a key priority of the forthcoming revised Energy Efficiency Action Plan, say MEPs in a resolution passed on Wednesday. Proper implementation of existing legislation and public sector example-setting were among other proposals listed in the resolution. MEPs also voted for a binding energy efficiency improve target of 20% by 2020. 
Energy Department Completes Cool Roof Installation on DC Headquarters Building to Save Money by Saving Energy 14-Dec-10 Department of Energy  News USA Secretary Steven Chu today announced the completion of a new cool roof installation on the Department of Energy's Headquarters West Building.  There was no incremental cost to adding the cool roof as part of the roof replacement project and it will save taxpayers $2,000 every year in building energy costs.  Cool roofs use lighter-colored roofing surfaces or special coatings to reflect more of the sun's heat, helping improve building efficiency, reduce cooling costs and offset carbon emissions.  The cool roof and increased insulation at the facility were installed as part of the federal government's commitment to lead by example in increasing energy efficiency, reducing carbon pollution and demonstrating the benefits of clean energy technologies.
No place for cowboys in Green Deal  9-Dec-10 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs  News UK Chris Huhne announced tough rules to protect consumers when they insulate their properties are to be brought in as part of legislation to implement the Green Deal. The Green Deal, due to start in 2012, is the Government's new and radical way of enabling private companies to make energy efficiency available to all at no upfront cost. The work to upgrade the property will be paid back from the saving on energy bills.
Canada Provides Support for Developing Countries to Participate in United Nations Climate Change Negotiations
10-Dec-10 Environment Canada News Canada Canada's Environment Minister John Baird announced that Canada is providing $500,000 in financial assistance to support developing countries' attendance at United Nations meetings, including COP16. "The Government of Canada is pleased to support developing countries participation at COP 16," said Minister Baird.  "Such support will ensure that all countries, including the smallest and least developed, can make a contribution to the global effort to address climate change."
Two European Countries Announce More Fast-Track Climate Funding in Cancun 9-Dec-10 United Nations Environment Programme News UN UN Environment Programme Says Investments Contribute Towards US$30 Billion Goal Pledged in Copenhagen
Fast-track climate funding for vulnerable mountain communities and low carbon development strategies was announced by the governments of Denmark and Germany and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The projects underline the many forward-looking actions emerging across the globe that are fostering a transition to a low-carbon pathway. Some of these have been showcased in UNEP's 30 Ways in 30 Days campaign launched in the runup to Cancun- from the expansion of geothermal electricity in Kenya to Bus Rapid Transit systems in Indonesia and coping with floods by simple building designs in Mozambique. The 10 million Euros (over US$13 million) programme is expected to be funded by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety and covers ecosystem-based adaptation in mountain regions.
Cities and metropolitan regional governments should play a more prominent role in defining the wider response to climate change, according to a new report from the OECD 1-Dec-10 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development  News OECD Cities and metropolitan regional governments should play a more prominent role in defining the wider response to climate change, according to a new report from the OECD. Cities and Climate Change confirms that urban areas use most of the world's energy and are responsible for most of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Cities are at the same time highly vulnerable to the rising sea levels, warmer temperatures and destructive storms expected to result from climate change: by 2070, 150 million city-dwellers, producing 9% of global GDP in coastal cities, will be exposed to the full brunt of climate change, according to the report.
Role of federal countries in the development of renewable energies
25-Nov-10 Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
News Germany The importance of renewable energies for the regional economy in the states of the Federal Environment Minister Röttgen stressed. "The states even the most benefit from a dedicated regional policy for the development of renewable energy. Thus, positive effects on employment, economic growth and community value in the billions connected. The leader among the states gain more from the total of 340,000 jobs in the industry in Germany" , Röttgen said in a speech for the "guide star 2010", the award in this year's Federal Agency for International Comparison of renewable energies
EPA Releases the 2010 Fuel Economy Trends Report/Carbon dioxide decreases as fuel economy increases 17-Nov-10 Environmental Protection Agency News USA For the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reporting a decrease in average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and a slight increase in the average fuel efficiency for new cars and light duty trucks, according to EPA's annual report “Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 through 2010”.
Energy: Commission presents its new strategy towards 2020 10-Nov-10 European Commission News EU The Commission presented its new strategy for a competitive, sustainable and secure energy. The Communication "Energy 2020" defines the energy priorities for the next ten years and sets the actions to be taken in order to tackle the challenges of saving energy, achieving a market with competitive prizes and secure supplies, boosting technological leadership, and effectively negotiate with our international partners.
EPA Issues Pollution Permitting Guidance for States 10-Nov-10 Environmental Protection Agency News USA The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making available guidance and tools to help state and local air permitting authorities identify cost-effective pollution reduction options for greenhouse gases (GHGs) under the Clean Air Act.
Commission launches major investment programme for innovative low-carbon technologies 08-Nov-10 European Commission News EU The European Commission launches the first call for proposals for the world's largest programme of investment in low carbon and renewable energy demonstration projects.
New research will help farmers reduce greenhouse gas emissions 03-Nov-10 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs News UK Minister of State for Agriculture, today announced funding of £12.6 million, from Defra and the Devolved Administrations, to improve our understanding of how UK agriculture contributes to climate change.
Promoting renewable energy is an investment in the future 15-Oct-10 Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety News Germany Renewable energy represents a huge potential for safe and clean energy supply, climate protection and future markets. The Federal Environment Minister, said Dr. Norbert Röttgen occasion of the announcement of the EEGlevy for next year.
Korean Climate Change Assessment Report 2010 published 12-Oct-10 Ministry of Environment News Republic of Korea The National Institute of Environmental Research announced that it publishes the English version of the summary report on climate change on the Korean Peninsula, summarizing the current status of climate change on the Korean Peninsula.
Deep emission cuts give the EU a head start under the Kyoto Protocol Document Actions 12-Oct-10 European Environment Agency News EU A new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows that large drop in emissions seen in 2008 and 2009 gives EU-15 a head start to reach and even overachieve its 8 % reduction target under the Kyoto Protocol.
Cabinet Decision on the new Japanese bill of the "Basic Act on Global Warming Countermeasures" 8-Oct-10 Ministry of Environment News Japan The new Japanese bill of the "Basic Act on Global Warming Countermeasures" was approved by the cabinet on October 8, and submitted to the Diet.
Climate: 30% emissions target would favour EU economic growth, says Environment Committee 05-Oct-10 European Parliament News EU The EU would be acting in its own economic interest if it raised its 2020 CO2 reduction target to 30%, says Parliament's Environment Committee in a resolution, which also highlights climate aid commitments to developing countries as critical to progress in upcoming international talks in Cancún, Mexico.
European Commission sets up a project network for CCS 17-Sept-10 European Commission News EU The CCS Project Network is the world's first network of CCS demonstration projects to foster knowledge sharing and raise public understanding of the role of CCS in cutting CO2 emissions. The goal is to create a prominent community of projects united in the goal of achieving commercially viable CCS by 2020.
MEP Calls for Public Comments on Guidelines for Disclosure of Environmental Information of Listed Companies (Germany version) 14-Sept-10 China Environmental Protection Department News China MEP called for public comments on the Guidelines for Disclosure of Environmental Information to meet the needs of the citizens informed choices and to require listed companies to carry out proactive social responsibility towards environmental protection. The Guidelines require listed companies of 16 heavy-polluting sectors including coal fire, iron & steel, cement and electrolytic aluminum to issue annual environmental reports so as to make public their discharges of pollutants, environmental compliance and environmental management.
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism announced Low Carbon City planning guidelines (Japanese version) 30-Aug-10 Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism News Japan These guidelines shows effects analysis the ideas on low-carbon city planning and measures, and introduces the newly developed simulation methods to estimate the changes of total CO2 emission in a city. This guideline expects to be included in action plans of local governments in Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures, and expect to be used in a master plan of city planning.
Renewable energies have expanded their position in the German electricity mix in 2009 (Germany version) 21-Aug-10 Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety News Germany A current version of "Renewable energy sources in figures " was presented by the Federal Environment Ministry, and annouced the share of final consumption of renewable energy for the first time over 10 percent. The now present annual accounts to the Renewable Energies Act (EEG) result in a proportion of 16.3 percent of German electricity consumption with a significant jump compared to 2008 (15.2 percent).
Department of Energy Paves Way for Additional Clean Energy Projects and Jobs Through Manufacturing Solicitation 12-Aug-10 Department of Energy News USA Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a new loan guarantee solicitation for renewable energy manufacturing projects. The Commercial Technology Manufacturing Systems and Components solicitation will support the deployment of renewable energy technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help increase employment in the nation's green manufacturing sector, which is part of the Administration's long-term plan to create new green energy jobs.
National renewable energy action plan agreed by the Federal Cabinet in Germany 4-Aug-10 Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety News Germany The Federal Cabinet adopted the national renewable energy action plan presented by Federal Environment Minister on August 4, 2010. National renewable energy action plan was agreed in the outlines that the binding target of an 18 percent share of renewable energies in gross final energy consumption will be reached by 2020 and may even be surpassed with an expected share of almost 20 percent.
Joint EU Climate Change article are set out to adopt an emission target to a 30% from 20% reduction by 2020. 27-Jul-10 Department of Energy and Climate Change News EU UK, France and Germany jointly addressed that they set out their belief that the EU should adopt an emissions target to a 30 per cent reduction by 2020 as a genuine attempt to restrict global temperature rise to 2 degrees. The case for early action becomes even more compelling when you take into account the reduction in cost estimates with the comparison of the annual costs in 2020 of meeting the existing 20% target with that of 30% target.
Inclusion of aviation in the EU emissions trading scheme : the Commission approved instrument that small emitters facilitates complian 20-Jul-10 European Commission News EU The Commission adopted a regulation of the use of an instrument, approved by Small aircraft operators appreciate its fuel consumption, also to comply with the rules of the EU emissions trading system. The instrument allows aircraft operators with a fewer flights and lower emissions by using simplified monitoring procedures and estimating their emission amount. The tool is found in the following link of the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation ( Euro control)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the percentage standards in 2011 for the four fuels categories under the agency's Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2). 12-Jul-10 Environmental Protection Agency News US 2011 overall volumes and standards were proposed in the four fuels categories, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuels, cellulosic biofuels and total renewable fuels. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) was established for the annual renewable fuel volume targets to reach an overall level of 36 billion gallons in 2022. To achieve these volumes, EPA calculates a percentage-based standard, and based on the standard, each refiner, importer and non-oxygenate blender of gasoline determines the minimum volume of renewable fuel that it must ensure is used in its transportation fuel.
2050 Pathways Analysis July,2010 Department of Energy and Climate Change Publication UK The 2050 Pathways Analysis report explains the assumptions and approach used in the 2050 work in UK, including the trajectories for each sector of the economy and some of the implications. The report also describes six different illustrative pathways to show various successful routes to 2050, as well as a high-carbon reference case.
Unlocking investment
to deliver Britain's low
carbon future
Report by the Green Investment
Bank Commission
29-Jun-10 Green Investment Bank Commission Publication UK A report is published for the establishment of green investment bank. The Green Investment Bank (GIB) Commission, a fully independent group convened by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to advise Government, highlights the urgent need for a new public financial institution to deliver a timely transition to a low carbon economy. The Commission consulted widely with financial institutions, businesses and NGOs, and estimates that £550 billion could be required for investment in supply chains and infrastructure in order to meet UK climate change and renewable energy targets between now and 2020.
Brazil Low-carbon Country Case Study May,2010 World Bank

Publication

Brazil This study was undertaken by the World Bank in its initiative to support Brazil‘s integrated effort towards reducing national and global emissions of greenhouse gases while promoting long term development. The Brazil Low Carbon Study aims to support Brazil‘s continued efforts to foster development while reducing GHG emissions. It was prepared following consultations and discussions on the scope of the work with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Environment and Science and Technology. Several seminars were also organized to consult with representatives of Ministries of Finance, Planning Agriculture, Transport, Mines and Energy, Development, Industry and Trade.
OVERVIEW OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA'S NATIONAL STRATEGYFOR GREEN GROWTH April,2010 UNEP Publication Korea This report is produced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as part of its Green Economy Initiative. The purpose of this report is to present an overview of the Republic of Korea's strategies and policy goals set under National Strategy for Green Growth announced in August 2008. The report also examines Korea's Green New Deal launched in January 2009 along with the Five-Year Plan for Green Growth released in July 2009.