Today, one day after negotiation started in Cancun, the European Environment Agency (EEA) launched its flagship assessment, The European Environment - State and Outlook 2010 (SOER 2010), in the European Parliament in Brussels. Unsurprisingly, it has a wealth of information related to how Europe is being impacted by, and is adapting to and managing, climate change. It follows on the heels of a report launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) that finds that nations still have the chance to deliver almost 60 per cent of the emission reductions needed to keep global temperatures under a 2 degree celsius rise. However, only if the pledges made in Copenhagen are fully met. The window for cost-effective action is narrowing with every year of delay. Cancun represents the next opportunity to close the gaps and keep that window open as the world works towards a new international treaty.
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Air pollution from agriculture: ammonia exceeds emission limits in 2015
Ammonia (NH3) emissions in Europe have fallen since 1990, but not as much as emissions of other air pollutants tracked under an internationally agreed United Nations Convention. According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report published today, ammonia emissions increased in 2015 and several European Union Member States as well as the EU as a whole exceeded their respective NH3 emission limits under the Convention. The annual European Union emission inventory report 1990-2015 under the UNECE Convention on...
IEA welcomes Hungary`s efforts to strengthen energy security and reduce emissions, and highlights the need for more competition in the energy sector
Hungary took a major step in the right direction with its National Energy Strategy to 2030, which was published in 2011. The country must now make greater use of market-based mechanisms in the energy sector to meet its goals, according to the International Energy Agency`s latest assessment of Hungary`s energy policies. The main objective of Hungary`s energy strategy is to ensure a sustainable and secure energy sector while supporting the competitiveness of the economy. The IEA encourages the government to...
United Nations Environment Program: Big Wins for Human Health, Natural Resources in Switch to Energy Efficiency
A radical transformation in the way energy is supplied and used will be needed if the world is to meet its ambition of keeping global temperature increase to below 2 degrees Celsius, but the impacts of that transformation on the environment and on natural resources have been unclear. Now, the International Resource Panel, a group of eminent experts in natural resource management hosted by UN Environment, has provided a global assessment of the benefits, risks and trade-offs encountered when energy efficiency...
Duke Energy's latest Sustainability Report details cleaner energy investments and an aggressive goal to reduce carbon emissions 40 percent by 2030
A modernized generating fleet and additional investments of $11 billion in cleaner energy are spurring Duke Energy to establish an aggressive carbon dioxide reduction goal: 40 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The goals are spelled out in the company's 2016 Sustainability Report, which was issued on 4/27. View it online. "As technology and customers' expectations evolve, Duke Energy is responding by investing in innovative new solutions to power the lives of our customers with reliable, affordable and increasingl...
Halving Global Carbon Emissions by 2040 Within Reach
Governments, investors and businesses must seize the opportunity to halve global carbon emissions by 2040 while ensuring economic development and energy access for all, but they must act now to accelerate clean electrification, decarbonization beyond power and energy productivity improvement, says the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC). The ETC recently (4/25) launched its "Better energy, Greater prosperity" report which argues that it is technically and economically feasible to grow economies and provide...