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European Council Agrees on 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework[viewed]

The European Council has endorsed a binding EU target of at least a 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 and will submit its contribution under the UNFCCC by the first quarter of 2015, in accordance with the timeline agreed at the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19). The target is part of the 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework agreed by the European Council at its meeting on 23-24 October 2014.

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Senior Arctic Officials Prepare for Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting[viewed]

The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Heads of Delegation of Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met to assess overall progress toward the priorities set under the Canadian Chairmanship. SAO Chair, Vincent Rigby, noted that the productive meeting would yield a "rich set of recommendations" for the Arctic Council Ministers to consider. Notably, SAOs approved a report outlining concrete recommendations for reducing woodstove black carbon emissions.

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World Resources Forum Discusses Economic and Environmental Linkages[viewed]

The 2014 World Resources Forum (WRF) brought together over 1,000 participants from 40 countries and international organizations to share knowledge and ideas on how to increase resource productivity, promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and mitigate climate change, while still maintaining and improving the quality of life for people everywhere.

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SE4ALL Launches in the Americas[viewed]

The UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) has officially launched in the Americas. With over 500 participants from across Latin America and the Caribbean in attendance, the event highlighted that a transition to universal sustainable energy access is possible in the region and pointed to the health, economic, social and environmental benefits of making that transition a reality.

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Online Tool Supports Energy Targets in EU Buildings Sector[viewed]

The ENTRANZE (Enforce the Transition to Nearly Zero Energy Buildings in the EU-27) project has released an online scenario tool to promote zero-energy buildings (nZEB) and renewable heating and cooling (RES-H/C) in Europe. The tool allows policy makers to explore alternative policy packages and assess their ability to help countries meet EU requirements for renewable energy and energy efficiency in the building sector.

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EC Conference Highlights Local Actions for Energy Security[viewed]

Participants highlighted actions taken by local authorities to enhance energy security at a High-Level Conference on Energy Security. The European Commission (EC) organized the conference, 'Local Authorities for the Energy Security of Europe,' in the context of the Covenant of Mayors initiative, which has helped translate the 2020 EU climate and energy targets into local action across Europe.

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Cambodia Implements Advanced Clean Cooking Solutions Programme[viewed]

With the support of SNV, Cambodia has been promoting the development and diffusion of a business model for efficient cookstoves that run on renewable biomass fuels. The programme, known as 'Advanced Clean Cooking Solutions (ACCS),' aims to increase both the supply and distribution of the stoves. A number of studies have been completed under the programme, including a market assessment, fuel comparisons and stove testing.

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Central African Countries Agree to Regional SE4ALL Vision[viewed]

Central African countries have come together to back a regional policy on universal energy access and to promote social and economic development under the UN-led Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. In committing to a SE4ALL Action Agenda, countries will focus on doubling the share of renewables and the rate of energy efficiency improvement, as well as ensuring access to modern energy services for their populations.

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Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Releases 2013 Results Report[viewed]

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has released the second report in its annual series designed to recap the activities of the Alliance and its partners, analyze global progress toward providing cleaner cooking technology and fuel, and identify trends in this area. The report, '2013 Results Report: Sharing Progress on the Path to Adoption of Cleaner and More Efficient Cooking Solutions,' highlights eight Country Action Plans that were launched in 2013.

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Event: India Clean Cookstoves Forum 2014[viewed]

The India Clean Cookstoves Forum (ICCF) 2014, which aims to tackle barriers to the large-scale adoption of improved cookstoves (ICS) in India, will feature a practitioner workshop, conference and business model workshop.

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