Air pollution and climate news
27 March 2015 : COP-21 - Norway and Mexico submit their "national contribution" to the future international climate agreement
Norway (27 March) and Mexico (30 March) submitted their intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the Climate Convention (UNFCCC) Secretariat ahead of the 21st Conference of the UNFCCC Parties (Paris, end 2015) in accordance with Decision 1/CP.20 adopted at COP-20 (Lima, 14 December 2014). The two countries are respectively the 3rd and 4th Parties to submit their INDC after the EU (6 March) and Switzerland (27 February).
http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/norway-submits-its-climate-action-plan-ahead-of-paris-2015-agreement/ (UNFCCC announcement Norway)
https://www.regjeringen.no/en/aktuelt/innsending-av-norges-klimamal-til-fn/id2403782/ (Norvegian Government statement)
http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/mexico-submits-its-climate-action-plan-ahead-of-2015-paris-agreement/ (UNFCCC announcement Mexico)
26 March 2015 : Climate-energy framework 2030 - the European Commission launches two consultations on the non-ETS sectors (ESD and LULUCF)
The European Commission launched two parallel consultations on the development of 2030 climate-energy policy in the sectors not covered by the EU greenhouse gas (GHG) Emissions Trading System (ETS) :
- preparation of a legislative proposal on sharing the GHG emission reduction efforts required by the Member States in the non ETS sectors covered by Decision 406/2009/EC (residential, services, commercial, transport, agriculture, waste, etc.),
- integration of the land use, land use change and forestry sector (LULUCF) in the climate-energy policy for 2030.
The consultations seek input on assessment of current policies and policy options to be assessed following the European Council's endorsement of the 2030 climate-nergy policy framework on 24 October 2014. Deadline for submitting comments : 18 June 2015.
http://ec.europa.eu/clima/news/articles/news_2015032501_en.htm (press release of the DG Climat)
http://ec.europa.eu/clima/consultations/articles/0026_en.htm (consultation UTCF)
http://ec.europa.eu/clima/consultations/articles/0025_en.htm (consultation ESD)
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)