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Who pays? Who cuts emissions? 5 issues for UN climate deal

by Associated Press  (Feb. 12, 2015)

World governments are hoping that this year will mark a breakthrough in the slow-paced U.N. climate talks. In Geneva this week, negotiators from more than 190 countries are working on a draft of a deal that's supposed to be adopted in Paris in December. At this point it's a wish list reflecting the diverging preferences of rich countries like the ...

Progress towards 2008–2012 Kyoto targets in Europe

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Oct. 28, 2014)

Latest data confirm that the EU is on track to over‑achieve its Kyoto Protocol target In October 2013, the EEA published its annual assessment of the progress of the European Union (EU) and European countries towards achieving their commitments under the Kyoto Protocol for the period 2008–2012, as Part A of the EEA report Trends and ...

Determinants of corporate carbon reduction targets

by Inderscience Publishers  (Sep. 25, 2014)

This paper examines attributes affecting a corporation’s choice of an intensity-only (carbon emissions relative to sales, production, etc.) versus an absolute carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions goal. We investigate alternative hypotheses for this choice including: 1) a high growth hypothesis whereby high growth companies select an intensity goal, ...

Monitoring CO2 emissions from passenger cars and vans in 2013

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Oct. 30, 2014)

The European Environment Agency (EEA) supports the European Commission in the monitoring of the CO2 performance of passenger cars, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 443/2009, and of light commercial vehicles in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 510/2011. The regulation for passenger cars sets a CO2 'specific emission' (1) target of 130 g CO2/km ...

Dietary effect on GHG emissions is hard to swallow

by Climate News Network  (Sep. 13, 2014)

The news is enough to make climate campaigners choke on their high-fibre breakfast cereal: if Americans adopted the dietary guidelines suggested by their own Department of Agriculture, greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) would actually go up by 12%. And even if Americans did what dietary ...

Questions and Answers on the European Commission Communication: The Paris Protocol – A blueprint for tackling global climate change beyond 2020

by Europa Press Room  (Feb. 25, 2015)

1. What is the aim of the Communication? The Communication sets out the EU's vision for a transparent and dynamic, legally binding United Nations climate change agreement that sets the world on a pathway to prevent global warming from reaching dangerous levels. International negotiations are under way and are set to be finalised at the UN climate ...

Renewable energy in Europe — approximated recent growth and knock-on effects

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Feb. 17, 2015)

Background and policy To accomplish its transition to a low-carbon society by 2050, the European Union (EU) has adopted a set of intermediate climate and energy targets for 2020 and 2030. The energy sector will face particular challenges in the context of this ambitious transformation process, given the scale of change required in a relatively ...

Questions and answers on the Commission Communication `Towards a Circular Economy` and the Waste Targets Review

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jul. 2, 2014)

What is a circular economy? A circular economy preserves the value added in products for as long as possible and virtually eliminates waste. It retains the resources within the economy when a product has reached the end of its life, so that they remain in productive use and create further value. It may involve: Increasing the time products ...

Position on Decision ‐/CP.20 Lima call for climate action and its Annex on elements for a draft negotiating text

by Wetlands International  (Feb. 6, 2015)

About one quarter of all human induced emissions come from agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU). A disproportional large part of these AFOLU emissions come from organic soils (peatlands) drained for agriculture, grazing, forestry or mining. This briefing provides recommendations to ensure that a new climate agreement provides strong ...

Global economies must lower carbon emissions five times faster than today

by GLOBE Foundation  (Sep. 9, 2014)

A new analysis of economic growth rates and greenhouse gas emissions data for G20 economies suggests that global economies need to cut their energy related carbon emissions faster – much faster. In order to limit global warming to 2°C, the limit scientists agree is needed to avoid serious risks of runaway climate change impacts, global ...

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