Air pollution and climate news
The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) published its (provisional) annual statement on the state of the global climate in 2015. The WMO emphasises that 2015 is likely to be the warmest year on record and that the increase in the global average surface temperature in 2015, compared with pre-industrial levels, is likely to cross the 1°C threshold. The years 2011-2015 have been the warmest five-year period on record since records began (1850).
These conclusions are similar to those announced by the UK MetOffice on 11 November 2015.
24 November 2015: Industrial emissions –BAT conclusions for the production of wood-based panels (IED directive)
Publication in the EU Official Journal (L 306) of Commission implementing decision EU 2053/2119 of 20 November 2013 establishing the best available techniques (BAT) conclusions for the production of wood-based panels, under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) 2010/75/EU (article 13).
See CITEPA's quarterly report Synthèses Document'Air n° 178 p.15 (available to CITEPA members only)
The two Co-Chairs of the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) published an informal "Scenario note" on the organisation of work at its last scheduled session (ADP-2-12), to take place during COP-21 in Paris, from 1 to 5 December 2015. Its aim is to deliver a revised, shorter text by 5 December midday for consideration by the COP so that the latter can adopt an agreement and accompanying decisions by 11 December.
The UNFCCC Secretariat published a summary for policymakers on climate action between now and 2020. It flags up best practice policies, initiatives and actions that could be scaled up and replicated by Parties to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
The European Commission published a progress report on achieving the objectives of the EU Energy Union following the EU Strategy adopted on the issue on 25 February 2015. The Strategy includes a strand on energy efficiency and one on decarbonising the economy. The Commission also published guidance for Member States on national energy and climate plans as part of the Energy Union governance. Streamlined and integrated national energy and climate plans will be at the core of this governance system which will build on existing national climate, renewable energy and energy efficiency plans. Lastly, the Commission published an updated roadmap for the Energy Union.
See CITEPA's monthly newsletter C'est dans l'air n° 189 p.4.
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-6105_en.htm (press release)
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-15-6106_en.htm (questions & answers)
http://ec.europa.eu/priorities/energy-union/state-energy-union/docs/annex2-guidance-communication-state-energy-union_en.pdf (Member State guidance)