International

Training primed Ethiopian climate negotiators for COP21

Posted by Katherine Cooke on 11 March 2016

In the run up to the Paris climate conference (COP21), the Government of Ethiopia invited CDKN and Ricardo Energy & Environment to provide advanced training to their negotiators. How do you train people to be skilled climate negotiators? And how did this training work out? Katherine Cooke reports.

Back to the day job: Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement

Posted by Chris Dodwell on 14 December 2015

As the dust settles on the weekend’s historic climate agreement in Paris, negotiators are returning home to get some well-earned rest, but also to start the urgent task of implementing the details of the agreement.  In my meetings with officials at COP21, they already wanted to talk about their plans for delivering their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)[1] submitted in the run up to Paris.

What will you do when you get home from COP21?

Posted by Chris Dodwell on 4 December 2015

That was my opening question to our panel of distinguished speakers at Ricardo Energy & Environment’s COP21 side event on the 02 November 2015 in the OECD Pavilion in Paris. In the run up to the conference, the focus has been so dominated by speculation about the adequacy of countries’ climate commitments that we risk taking our eyes off the most important question of the entire event - how do we support countries to turn their climate action plans into a low carbon, climate-resilient future?

Measuring the impact of national mitigation actions – how to go from international to country specific guidance

Posted by James Harries on 1 December 2014

Last month the World Resources Institute (WRI) published its ‘policies and actions standard’[http://www.ghgprotocol.org/policy-and-action-standard], a comprehensive and detailed guide on how to measure the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction policies. The standard is timely as countries are currently preparing their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)[[sitetree_link id=3989]], and one form that these contributions may take is a commitment to deliver certain policy actions.

Waste Management is an important opportunity for modern cities in Egypt and afar

Posted by David Lerpiniere on 21 March 2014

On Sunday our Practice Director for Resource Efficiency and Waste Management, Dr Adam Read, will be presenting at the Waste Management Solutions event hosted at the British Embassy in Cairo on 23 March 2014. This will be followed the next day by a presentation from our Regional Business Development Manager, Dr Hazem ElZanan at the Go Environment: Investing in Solid Waste & Green Designs forum being held at the Conrad Hotel, Cairo.

Improving Turkey's capacity to adapt

Posted by Jonathan Perks, Project Director, Ricardo Energy & Environment on 26 February 2014

Together with Raph Sibille and Neil Walmsley, I visited Turkey last week in order to hold the final workshop for the “Pilot programme in Turkey to build capacity to develop strategies and action plans for resilient cities adapting to climate change”

EU poison centres and the current CLP debate

Posted by Jon Gibbard on 10 February 2014

In Europe, there is a requirement under REACH to include emergency telephone numbers on SDS and, where a Member State has appointed an official advisory body (as defined under CLP Article 45), the telephone number for this body must also be included to cover medical advice. Please see the latest guidance from ECHA here (P42)

Why poisons centres are NOT a magic bullet...

Posted by Daniel Haggarty on 4 February 2014

Under Article 45 of the European Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) the telephone number of an officially appointed national advisory body must be displayed as an emergency number on safety data sheets (SDS) for each country in which the product is placed on the market. In plain English, where an official national poison centre exists, its number must be displayed on the relevant SDS.

Problems with poison centres

Posted by Jon Gibbard on 20 December 2013

In Europe, there is a requirement under REACH to include emergency telephone numbers on safety data sheets (SDSs) and, where a member state has appointed an official advisory body (as defined under Article 45 of the CLP Regulation), the telephone number for this body must also be included to cover medical advice.

The world of waste in Lagos, Africa’s most populous city.

Posted by Mariam Ajadi, Consultant - Resource Efficiency and Waste Management on 9 December 2013

During a recent trip to Lagos, I spent some time looking more closely at my home city’s waste management infrastructure. In 2011, the United Nation estimated the city's population as 11.2 million but this has been recently projected at over twenty million by the Lagos Office of Central Statistics. 

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