Air pollution and climate news

News in brief: air pollution and climate

This section provides information in the form of brief news items on policy, legislative, scientific and technological developments as well as major events in the field of air pollution and climate change at national (France), EU and international levels. Each news item is introduced by a keyword to indicate the subject and a flag to show if the information concerns France, the EU or the international level (news from an international organisation or an individual country beyond the EU). An URL link is provided to obtain further information.

The Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer (ODS) was adopted 30 years ago on 16 September 1987. It has been amended five times: in 1990 (London Amendment), 1992 (Copenhagen Amendment), 1997 (Montreal Amendment), 1999 (Beijing Amendment) and 2016 (Kigali Amendment). It obtained universal ratification in 2009 (ie it has been ratified by all 197 Parties).It was thus the first multilateral agreement in UN history to achieve this status. All the first four Amendments also reached universal ratification in 2014. The Montreal Protocol is the most successful multilateral environment agreement: it has resulted in more than 98% of ODSs being phased out (source: UNEP, 2014). (Handbook on the Montreal Protocol, 11th edition) (information on the 30th anniversary) (Ozone Secretariat, UNEP)


World Summit for Non-State Climate Actors, known as "Climate Chance" (in Agadir, Moroccco). Organised by the NGO Climate Chance, this 2nd edition of the Summit aims to bring together representatives of non-State actors involved in implementing climate action worldwide (subnational authorities, businesses, bank and investment sector, NGOs, trade bodies and trade unions, coalitions, etc.) to assess progress achieved. (press release)

At its 46th session (in Montreal, Canada), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agreed the outlines of its next comprehensive scientific assessment of climate change, the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). The IPCC agreed the outlines of the three working group (WG) contributions to AR6 (WG I : physical science basis; WG II : impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and Working Group III : mitigation), which will be delivered in 2021. The next step for the IPCC is to invite nominations through Governments and observers organizations for authors from among the international research community, who will prepare the report.
IPCC press release of 10 Sept. 2017. Outlines of WG I, WG II and WG III contributions. IPCC brochure on the 6th assessment cycle.

3rd Business and Climate Summit in New Delhi (India), organised by a large coalition of partners, including the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the internationl NGOs The Climate Group and We Mean Business. Issues to be discussed at this 3rd summit include milestones to 2020 and beyond under the Paris Agreement, mobilising public and private finance for climate action, carbon markets and technological innovation, etc.
See programme and list of themes and speakers

The Commission implementing Decision (EU) 2017/1442 of 31 July 2017 was published in the EU Official Journal (n° L 212). It establishes conclusions on best available techniques (BATs) for large combustion plants (LCPs) (with a rated thermal input of 50 MW or more). The conclusions were adopted under Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions (known as the IED Directive) (article 13). The final draft BAT Reference Document (BREF) for LCPs was adopted in June 2016. It sets BAT-associated emission levels (AELs) from fuel combustion notably for NOx, SO2 and PM, and for the first time AELs for mercury. The first LCP BREF was adopted in 2006.
Commission press release dated 31 July 2017.
Q&A on the LCP BREF by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB).

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