Air pollution and climate news
27 September - 7 October 2016: Aviation - towards the adoption of sectoral measures to reduce GHG emissions (ICAO)
The International Civil Aviation Authority is holding its 39th Assembly in Montreal (Canada). Items on the agenda include the consideration and adoption of a proposal for a Mechanism for a Global Market-based Measure (GMBM) aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the international aviation sector.
At its 38th Assembly (4 October 2013), the ICAO decided to launch the process for drafting the GMBM.
http://www.icao.int/Meetings/a39/Documents/WP/wp_052_en.pdf (draft Resolution, see Appendix B)
World Climate Summit for Non-State Actors (in Nantes, western France). Organised on the initiative of the Greater Nantes authority the 1st edition of this Summit, known as "Climate Chance", aims to bring together representatives of all non-State actors involved in implementing climate action worldwide (subnational authorities, businesses, NGOs, trade bodies and trade unions, scientific research institutes and citizens).
On the initiative of UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki moon, a "special high-level event" was held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. The aim of the meeting, to which Ban Ki moon invited leaders from all UN member countries, was to accelerate ratification and early entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The meeting provided the opportunity for world leaders to deposit their country's national instruments of ratification and for other countries to publicly commit to ratifying the Agreement by the end of 2016. 31 further Parties submitted their instruments of ratification bringing the total number of Parties to have ratified to 60, accounting for 47.76% of global GHG emissions.
16 September 2016: Stratospheric ozone – annual EEA report on ODS production and consumption in the EU
The European Environment Agency published its annual report on production, imports, exports, consumption and destruction of ozone-depleting substances (controlled by the 1987 Montreal Protocol) in the EU in 2015.
Regulation (EU) 2016/1628 of the European Parliament and the Council of 14 September 2016 was published in the EU Official Journal (L 252). It lays down requirements relating to gaseous and particulate pollutant emission limits and type-approval for internal combustion engines for non-road mobile machinery (NRMM). The Regulation sets more stringent emission limit values for engines installed in NRMM and simplifies the existing complex EU legal framework for the sector, ie Directive 97/68/EC comprising 15 annexes and amended eight times since it was adopted in 1997.