Air pollution and climate news
The European Environment Agency (EEA) published preliminary CO2 unit emissions data for new passenger cars for 2014 under Regulation (EC) n° 443/2009 establishing CO2 emissions standards for new passenger cars (article 8) and its implementing Regulation (EU) n° 1014/2010. EEA will publish final data on car manufacturers' individual performances in autumn 2015.
See CITEPA's former quarterly report Synthèses Document'Air n° 173 p.12 and n° 177 p.65
http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/new-cars2019-co2-emissions-well (press release)
At the EU Informal Environment Council in Riga (Latvia), the Environment Ministers of the 28 Member States assessed progress in the UNFCCC climate negotiations in the runup to the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP-21, to be held in Paris, 30 Nov.-11 Dec. 2015). In particular, Ministers discussed the seven submitted national contributions (INDCs) to the future agreement. They also discussed EU climate and energy policy and targets for 2030.
During an official visit to Paris, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, met the French President, François Hollande. Issues discussed by the two leaders included climate change and specifically COP-21. A joint statement was issued at the close of the meeting.
http://www.elysee.fr/declarations/article/declaration-du-president-de-la-republique-et-du-premier-ministre-indien/ (press release)
The European Commission published the verified greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data for 2014 for the installations covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). At this stage, the data are unprocessed, incomplete and thus provisional. According to this preliminary data, GHG emissions from the sectors covered by the ETS in 2014 fell by between 4.5% and 4.9% compared with 2013 data (source : ENDS Europe Daily, 1 April 2015). The Commission will publish final 2014 figures and an analysis of the resulting trends on 15 May 2015.
http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/ets/registry/documentation_en.htm (See section "Reports". NB raw verified data of annual emissions declared.)
31 March 2015 : COP-21 - the US and Russia submit their "national contribution" to the future international climate agreement
The United States and Russia submitted their intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the Climate Convention (UNFCCC) Secretariat ahead of COP-21 in accordance with Decision 1/CP.20 adopted at COP-20 (Lima, 14 December 2014).
http://www4.unfccc.int/submissions/indc/Submission%20Pages/submissions.aspx (INDC portal)