Air pollution and climate news
26 March 2015: Climate - the mayor of Paris hosts a meeting of mayors of European capitals and other cities to prepare COP-21
Upon the initiative of Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, representatives of the capital cities and other cities in the 28 Member States are meeting in Paris to discuss preparations for COP-21, as key players in implementing climate action. The aim of the meeting is also to promote climate action at municipal level and climate diplomacy in the run-up to COP-21.
The European Parliament (EP)'s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) issued an opinion on the proposal for a directive on the reduction of national emissions of certain air pollutants (revision of Directive 2001/81/EC on National Emission Ceilings [NEC]). The proposal was presented by the Commission on 18 December 2013 as part of its 2030 Air Package. On 16 December 2014, the Commission announced it was withdrawing the proposal under its 2015 work programme for amendment. The ITRE Committee's oipinion will be submitted to the EP's Environment Committee which is the Committee responsonsible for this proposal within the EP.
See CITEPA's monthly newsletter C'est dans l'Air n° 175 pp.1 and 4 and n° 187 p.5.
19 March 2015: COP-21 - the formal negotiating text is sent to the 196 Parties of the Climate Convention
The Secretariat of the Climate Convention (UNFCCC) sent to all of its 196 Parties the formal negotiating text which will form the basis for negotiations with a view to reaching an international climate agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties, COP-21 (30 Nov.-11 Dec. 2015 in Paris). The text is now available in all six UN languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian).
See news item dated 25 February 2015 in this section.
http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/un-communicates-negotiating-text-for-climate-agreement-to-capitals/ (press release)
http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2015/adp2/eng/01.pdf (negotiating text)
The International Energy Agency (IEA) published its preliminary CO2 emissions data for 2014: global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion amounted to 32.3 Gt CO2 in 2014, ie the same level as in the previous year, marking a stalling of CO2 emissions in 2014. According to the IEA, it is the first time in 40 years that the world has seen a decoupling of CO2 emissions from economic growth at global level (+3% in 2014).
The European Commission launched an online public consultation on the mid-term review of the 2011 White Paper on Transport. Stakeholders are invited to assess progress in its implementation, identify key challenges for transport policy and provide any suggestions for refocusing the strategy in the coming years. Deadline for submitting comments: 2 June 2015.
See CITEPA's former quarterly report Synthèses Document'Air n° 179 p.127.