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- Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 11:40
6th part of the 2nd session of the ad hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (ADP-2-6) (in Bonn). The ADP Group is tasked with preparing a negotiating text on the post-2020 climate regime. The basic elements of the text are to be approved at the 20th Conference of the Parties to the Climate Convention (Lima, December 2014).
- Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 16:17
The Paris region hosted the first World Summit of Regions for Climate in Paris, organised in partnership with the NGO R20 Regions of Climate Action, founded by former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The event brought together some 700 participants, including representatives of regions and other subnational governments and authorities from around the world. The aim of the Summit was to generate momentum via a bottom-up approach mobilising regions ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties of the Climate Convention which will take place in Paris in late 2015. The Summit resulted in a joint declaration, calling for the adoption of an international climate agreement at the COP-21.
7 October 2014: Canada – the Commissioner of the Environment's audit says Canada will not meet its 2020 GHG emissions reduction target
- Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 14:55
Canada's Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand, published a national audit on inter alia mitigating climate change and measures implemented by Canada to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The report highlights, among other things, that these measures have not been sufficient to date to reach the national GHG emissions reduction target for 2020 (-17%, on 2005 levels), which Canada committed to under the 2009 Copenhagen Accord. Canada withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol on 11 December 2011. Total GHG emissions in Canada in 2011 were 19% higher than 1990 levels (source : UNFCCC data, October 2013).
7 October 2014: Fuels – proposal for rules to calculate carbon intensity (after five years of negotiations)
- Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 08:34
After almost three years of negotiations, the European Commission published a proposal for a directive laying down methods to calculate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under Directive 98/70/EC, as amended by Directive 2009/30/EC (article 7a). This sets a binding target for suppliers (oil companies) to reduce by 6% the life cycle GHG gas intensity of fuels supplied for use in road vehicles over the period 2011-2020 (compared to 2010 levels). The deadline for the Commission to propose these implementing rules was 1 January 2011.
In its proposed climate-energy policy package for 2030, the Commission deems it unnecessary to set new GHG intensity targets for fuels for the post-2020 period.
See CITEPA's former quarterly report Synthèses Document'Air n° 173 pp.35-36 (Directive 2009/30/EC).
See CITEPA's monthly newsletter C'est dans l'Air n° 176 p.3 (climate-energy package for 2030).
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-1095_en.htm (press release) http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/transport/fuel/docs/com_2014_617_en.pdf (legislative proposal)
http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/transport/fuel/docs/com_2014_617_annexes_en.pdf (technical annexes)
http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/transport/fuel/docs/swd_2014_295_en.pdf (summary of the impact assessment)
- 6 October 2014: Climate/energy – Joint Informal Environment & Energy Council
- 30 September 2014: Industrial emissions –BAT conclusions for production of pulp, paper and board
- 28 Septembre 2014: CO2 emissions from cars – gap between test conditions and real-world conditions (ICCT study)
- 29 September 2014: Alternative fuels – Council adopts Directive
- 29 September 2014: Fluorinated gases – 2014 annual report on EU production, import and export data (EEA)
- 25 September 2014: Non-road mobile machinery – new Commission proposal