Air pollution and climate news
The European Environment Agency (EEA) published the 2015 edition of its State of the European Environment Report (SOER). The report provides an integrated assessment of the state of, trends in, and prospects for the environment in Europe, in a global context. It also includes assessments and data at global, regional and country levels, as well as cross-country comparisons. It includes a chapter on air pollution. The preceding SOER was published in 2010.
http://www.eea.europa.eu/soer-2015/europe/air (chapter on air pollution)
http://www.eea.europa.eu/soer (full report)
27 February 2015: UNFCCC - Switzerland is first country to officially submit its "national contribution" ahead of COP-21
Switzerland (via its Federal Office for the Environment [FOEN] ie Environment Ministry) submitted its 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). Switzerland has thus become the first UNFCCC Party to officially submit its INDC, two days after the European Commission published its proposed INDC for the EU.
http://www.bafu.admin.ch/dokumentation/medieninformation/00962/index.html?lang=fr&msg-id=56394 (FOEN presse release)
The UNFCCC Secretariat published the official negotiating text which will be the basis for negotiating the future climate agreement to be concluded at COP-21. The text, resulting from the Durban Platform Working Group (ADP)'s recent session in Geneva, underwent final editing before being published. It will now be translated into the five other official UN languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian) and sent to all 196 UNFCCC Parties by the end of March 2015.
The European Commission published a communication setting out the EU vision for a legally binding, transparent and dynamic agreement to be adopted at COP-21 in Paris in December 2015. The communication translates the decisions taken at the European Council of 24 October 2014 into the EU's proposed greenhouse gas emissions reduction target, ie its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (or INDC) for the new agreement. However, this is not the final INDC for the EU, as it needs to be presented to the EU Environment Council for consideration and then agreement (planned for 6 March 2015). The EU intends to finalise its INDC for submission to the UNFCCC by 31 March 2015.
http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/international/paris_protocol/docs/swd_2015_17_en.pdf (working documentl)
http://ec.europa.eu/priorities/energy-union/docs/energyunion_fr.pdf (communication on the EU Energy Union)
24 February 2015: Biofuels – proposed ILUC directive (European Parliament's Environment Committee vote)
The European Parliament's Environment Committee adopted, by 39 votes for, 26 against and 4 abstentions, the report prepared by Finnish MEP Nils Torvalds on the compromise text on the proposed directive which aims to take into account indirect land use change (ILUC) resulting from biofuel production. The EU Energy Council reached a political agreement on the compromise text on 13 June 2014.
See news item dated 13 June 2014 in this section and CITEPA's monthly newsletter C'est dans l'Air n° 162 p.3.