Climate

Following an extensive consultation, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has published its draft strategy on climate action. Over the last 5 years the EIB has invested more than €88bn into climate action projects which makes the EIB the largest climate investor in the world. Taking into account feedback and input received from stakeholders throughout the consultation process, a draft EIB Climate Action Strategy is set to be approved in September by the Bank’s board. 

Meeting in Bonn on the 24th July, the UN climate change negotiating body published a document provides for the first time clarity on what could be contained within the emerging legal agreement in Paris. It also clarifies what decisions with immediate effect could be taken at the moment the agreement is adopted. Finally it starts to identify what further decisions will need to be taken to make the Paris Agreement fully operational before it enters into effect in 2020.

Luxembourg took over the rotating Presidency of the Council of Ministers fron 1st July and has climate governance as one of its key issues for its six monthly presidency until the end of the year.The Council adopted conclusions on the implementation of the Energy Union strategy in early June, focusing on how to provide consumers - both households and businesses - with secure, sustainable and affordable energy and to encourage the investment needed in this area. The conclusions set out guidelines for achieving one of the main goals of the Energy Union strategy, which is to give consumers sec

The MEP leading work on proposed new stringent air pollution limits for 2030 says the European Commission needs to do more work on the economic impacts of its plan. The costs and benefits of tougher ammonia and methane limits in particular need to be further evaluation according to Julie Girling the Parliament’s ECR group.

According to the latest research, a majority (56 %) of Europeans believe that air quality has deteriorated in the last 10 years. That is the headline statistic to emerge from a recent Eurobarometer survey called Attitudes of Europeans towards Air Quality’ – that shows strong support for further action at the EU level.

This May, REAL CORP will be exploring the relationship between time and space and how the planning practice and theory relates itself to this complex synergy. Discussions will be held on theories and methods as well as hands-on experience on how planning deals with space in time in order to plan both our cities and regions. We will be exploring questions such as:

•                How to plan taking into account time, both past history and future development?

A second round of funding under the NER300 scheme is feared to neglect renewable energy projects in favour of carbon capture and storage (CCS). The minutes from the Climate Change Committee – 64th session showed that some “Member States stressed the need of ensuring that CCS projects would be awarded funding under the second call, while others highlighted the importance that RES projects would not be neglected under the second call”.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has commissioned another CO2 estimate of its sectors emissions, putting a decision about market-based measures for cutting CO2 on hold. IMO have already received two estimates, the most recent in 2009 finding that shipping was responsible for 2.7% (870m tonnes) of global emissions with exhaust gases cited as the primary source of GHG emissions from ships.

With the launch of a consultation paper on “Shaping international climate change policy beyond 2020” the European Commission has made it clear that they do not believe an international agreement on global carbon reduction can be achieved by 2015. In particular the area around “common but differentiated responsibility” which looks ‘precisely’ at how to share global carbon reduction efforts equitably and fairly between nations has little chance of coming to a resolution.

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