Environment & Biodiversity Current Affairs - 2019

Latest Environment Current Affairs 2019 for UPSC Exams, Bank Exams, Civil Services, SSC and other Competitive Exams. Latest developments in Environment and Climate Change 2019 all important national updates in Environment events for the year 2019.

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EU agrees on Greenhouse Gas Emission cut for Trucks

The European Parliament and the Council have struck a deal reduce average CO2 emissions compared with 2019 levels. The features of the deal are:

  • To reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from new trucks and buses by 30 per cent by 2030.
  • The deal proposes a binding CO2-reduction target for trucks at the EU-level for the first time and includes a clear stimulus for zero and low-emission trucks.
  • Trucks account for almost one-quarter of the EU’s transport-related emissions and the EU did not have limits on emissions from heavy-duty vehicles till now.

The EU has the ambition of being climate-neutral from 2050. EU had agreed in December 2018 on targets for cutting emissions from cars and vans. The curbs on the transportation sector are expected to help the bloc meet its overall goal of reducing greenhouse gases by at least 40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030 under the Paris climate accord.

European Parliament

The Members of the European Parliament are directly elected by voters in all Member States to represent people’s interests with regard to EU law-making and to make sure other EU institutions are working democratically. The Parliament acts as a co-legislator, sharing with the Council the power to adopt and amend legislative proposals and to decide on the EU budget.

European Council

The European Council brings together EU leaders to set the EU’s political agenda. The members of the European Council are Heads of state or government of EU countries, European Commission President, High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy.

European Commission

The European Commission is the EU’s executive arm. It takes decisions on the Union’s political and strategic direction.

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World Sustainable Development Summit 2019

The World Sustainable Development Summit 2019 was inaugurated by the Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi. The World Sustainable Development Summit 2019, organized by The Energy and Resources Institute – TERI.

World Sustainable Development Summit

The World Sustainable Development Summit is the annual flagship event of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). World Sustainable Development Summit is the sole Summit on global issues taking place in the developing world.

The World Sustainable Development Summit provides a platform for global leaders and practitioners to discuss and deliberate over climatic issues of universal importance.

The World Sustainable Development Summit strives to provide long-term solutions for the benefit of the global community by assembling the world’s most enlightened leaders and thinkers on a single platform.

World Sustainable Development Summit is continuing the legacy of Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) which was initiated in 2001 with the aim of making ‘sustainable development’ a globally shared goal.

The Energy and Resources Institute – TERI

TERI – the Tata Energy Research Institute was established by the Mr Darbari S Seth in 1974. Mr Darbari S Seth was the builder of Tata Chemicals Limited. He provided a decent sum for establishing TERI’s corpus and provided encouragement, inspiration, and moral support to the Director and staff of the Institute without ever interfering with the operational decision-making.

Over time from its inception, TERI has emerged as one of the world’s pre-eminent think tanks and research institutions in the field of energy, climate change and sustainability.

TERI aims to usher transitions to a cleaner and sustainable future through the conservation and efficient use of Earth’s resources and innovative ways of minimizing and reusing waste.

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