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Rio20 commitments hard to track
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Global
  • July 1 2012

Representatives from development banks and nonprofit groups said last week that tracking progress on the more than 700 voluntary commitments to sustainable development made at the Rio20 conference will be a challenge


Maritime energy efficiency
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Global
  • July 1 2012

The International Maritime Organization said June 25 that improving energy efficiency of the shipping industry is an important part of its effort to ensure sustainable maritime development


ICAO emissions reductions efforts
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Global, European Union
  • July 1 2012

On June 29, the International Civil Aviation Organization's Ad Hoc Working Group on Market-Based Measures is working on three options for a global, market-based system for reducing airlines' greenhouse gas emissions, in order to defuse industry and government tension over the unilateral creation of an EU aviation emissions trading system


US pledges $2 billion for sustainable development
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Global, USA
  • June 24 2012

The United States Department of State pledged at the Rio20 summit June 21 $2 billion in grants, loans, and loan guarantees to Sustainable Energy for All, an international initiative aimed at supporting development and clean energy projects launched by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon last September


Dramatic impacts of global energy efficient lighting
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Global
  • June 24 2012

The U.N. Environment Program announced at the Rio20 conference June 21 that a transition to energy-efficient lighting could reduce global electricity consumption by 5 percent and save more than $110 billion a year


Global garbage growing
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Global
  • June 24 2012

The World Bank released a report June 6 concluding that urban expansion and continuing economic growth in the developing world will accelerate solid waste generation, increasing it by about 70 percent by 2025


Smart agriculture reduces energy use
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Global
  • June 24 2012

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization released a report June 14 urging countries to push for smart farming methods like more efficient food transport and distribution, low-energy practices, and the use of modern technologies


Secretary General challenges Rio20 to act
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Global
  • June 24 2012

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon opened the formal portion of the Rio20 sustainable development summit June 20, warning delegates that the world is watching to see if their words will translate into action


Consumer goods coalition deforestation initiative
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Global
  • June 24 2012

On June 21, from the Rio20 conference, the 400 member companies of the Consumer Goods Forum announced a plan for a “zero net deforestation” in their supply chains by 2020


EU technical support
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union, Global
  • June 24 2012

European Union Commissioner Andris Piebalgs announced at the Rio20 summit June 20 that the European Union will create an EU Technical Assistance Facility, initially worth $62.6 million over the next two years to provide access to sustainable energy services to 500 million people by 2030