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


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


Cities reducing emissions
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Global, USA
  • June 24 2012

In June 19 remarks delivered at the opening ceremony of a C40 group of cities climate change meeting in Rio de Janeiro, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that a coalition of the world’s largest cities is advancing toward its goal of reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions by 250 MMT by 2020 and could quadruple that amount by 2030


Climate change envoy warns of tipping point
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Global
  • June 24 2012

United Nations special envoy on climate change Gro Harlem Brundtland said June 21 that the Rio20 summit agreement on sustainable development risks overlooking environmental tipping points and plenary limits in favor of economic and social factors


200 action pledges
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Global
  • June 24 2012

The U.N. Global Compact initiative, a United Nations-led initiative involving nearly 7,000 businesses, presented U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with more than 200 company action commitments as well as public policy recommendations on sustainable development June 21 at the Rio20 summit


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