Air pollution and climate news
- Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:50
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) published the 5th edition of its annual synthesis report on the global emissions gap in 2020 between greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions levels consistent with the 2°C target in 2020 (and thus emission reduction efforts required) and projected emission levels at that time horizon based on current emission reduction pledges for 2020 submitted by all countries (industrialised nations, emerging economies and developing countries).
http://newsroom.unfccc.int/media/153828/unep-press-release-on-2014-emissions-gap-report.pdf (press release)
http://newsroom.unfccc.int/media/153827/executive-summary-of-unep-2014-emissions-gap-report.pdf (full report)
19 November 2014: Air quality – overview and analysis of air quality in Europe (2003-2012) (EEA report)
- Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:47
The European Environment Agency (EEA) published a report presenting an overview and an analysis of air quality in Europe in the 2003-2012 period. The report focuses on the following pollutants: particulate matter, ozone, NO2, SO2, CO, heavy metals, benzene and benzo(a)pyrene (BaP).
http://www.eea.europa.eu/media/newsreleases/europes-cities-still-suffering-from (press release)
18 November 2014: Maritime transport – Informal Council/Parliament agreement on the proposed Regulation on MRV of CO2 emissions
- Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 13:26
The European Parliament (EP) and the Council reached an informal agreement on the compromise text concerning the proposal for a Regulation on monitoring, reporting and verifying (MRV) CO2 emissions from maritime transport. The EP approved the text in 1st reading on 16 April 2014. The informal agreement will be submitted to the Member State representatives within the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) on 26 November 2014.
See news item dated 16 April 2014 and 30 January 2014 in this section and CITEPA's monthly newsletter C'est dans l'Air n° 172 p.3.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 13:24
Directive 2014/95/EU of the European Parliament and the Council of 22 October 2014 was published in the EU Official Journal (L 330). It amends Directive 2013/34/EU as regards disclosure of non-financial information by certain large companies and groups. Large companies which are public-interest entities with over 500 employees are required to include in their management report a non-financial statement containing information on details of the current and foreseeable impacts of the undertaking's operations on the environment, and the use of renewable and/or non-renewable energy, greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions (cf. recital n°7).
See C'est dans l'Air n° 170 p.4.
- 17-21 November 2014: Stratospheric ozone – 26th Meeting of the Parties of the Montreal Protocol
- 15-16 November 2014: G20 – climate on the agenda at the G20 leaders' summit
- 12 November 2014: Energy - IEA publishes 2014 World Energy Outlook
- 11 November 2014: USA-China – the world's largest CO2 emitting countries announce their post-2020 climate action
- 3 November 2014: Short-lived climate forcers – reducing their emissions should not be a substitute for CO2 mitigation (PNAS article)
- 3 November 2014: Air quality – French Environment Ministry publishes 2013 assessment