Environment

Durban: MEPs call for stronger climate action

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MEPs in the European Parliament's Environment Committe have criticised the EU's failure to formulate a concrete position on climate change before the UN summit on climate change in Durban, South Africa from 28 November...

Financial system ‘must favour green investments’

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Short-term thinking in financial markets and investments is undermining the EU's competitive advantage in devloping green new technologies and stimulating economic growth, according to a new report. The report, Funding the Green New Deal: Building...

Romania addresses car-pollution tax

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Following the European Court of Justice (ECJ) demanding that the car-pollution tax in Romania should be cut to one third of its present value in order to be in line with EU law, Romanian...

EIB betting on clean water

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to support an investment by United Utilities that will improve water supply and waste-water management that will take account of predicted climate change and demographic developments. An...

California to adopt EU-style cap-and-trade

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California is breaking new ground in the fight against global warming. Always a leading state with its progressive thinking and action, the state is yet taking another market leading leap becoming the first jurisdiction...

Polish, Spanish and Dutch cities win awards

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The Polish city of Bydgoszcz, Zaragoza in Spain, and Rotterdam in the Netherlands are the winners of the EUROCITIES awards for outstanding achievements by city councils in pioneering urban regeneration projects for this year....

Wind energy provides breath of fresh air for Romanian economy

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The Romanian government has approved an emergency ordinance on the amendments to the Law 220/2008 on the support scheme in renewable energy, aimed at being harmonised with the EU Commission's decision in the same...

Hungary to revisit Extractive Mining Waste Directive

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On the recommendation of Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik, the Commission has asked Hungary to bring its national legislation in line with European norms on extractive mining waste. This has been done with the sending...

EIB funds offshore transmission link

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a licence granted to Blue Transmission Walney 1 Limited and funded approximately half the cost of buying a transmission link to connect offshore wind farms in the...

EIB to finance green energy in Poland

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided two loans with the total value of some €128 million to Tauron Polska Energia company for overhauling of the electricity generation in South of Poland. The €76m...

European Green Cities

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The applications for the Commission's European Green Capital Award (EGCA) for 2014 have been completed, with 19 cities from 14 countries submitting their bids. The EGCA rewards efforts of local authorities and communities to...

Europe ‘must show leadership’ on climate change

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Only strong EU leadership on an international level will lead to a global position on climate change, a conference in Brussels has been told. The conference, held by the centre-right political group, the European People’s...

CoR urges Commission to back resources efficiency

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According to the Committee of the Regions (CoR), the European Commission must ensure that the indicators and objectives for monitoring resource efficiency is integrated into the wider Europe 2020 policy if it wants to...

Kyoto Protocol: EU sets terms for sequel

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On 10 October, European Union environment ministers at an environmental council in Luxembourg concluded that the EU would be willing to consider a second commitment period of the Kyoto Climate Change Protocol that expires...

Potočnik: Not too late to ‘wake up’

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In a speech made to the World Wide Fund for Nature Europe (WWF) conference ‘Resources Unlimited? Moving to a Resource-Efficient Economy’, on 1 October, Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said that the scientific and technological...

EEA publishes resources-efficiency report

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On 11 October, the European Environment Agency (EEA) published a report on the different approaches taken by countries towards resource efficiency. The European Commission has presented its road map for switching to a resource-efficient...

Deepwater Horizon hearing approaches

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  A hearing before a U.S. House Natural Resource Committee will provide firsthand accounts of last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill, US Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., chairman of the committee, was quoted as saying...

Sarkozy says no to shale gas drilling over fracking impasse

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  On 4 October, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, during a visit to the south of France, vowed there would be no exploration for shale gas in the region and confirmed the state would revoke three...

Commission report optimistic on meeting Kyoto Protocol target

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The Commission published its annual report on the EU's progress towards meeting its Kyoto Protocol target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions on 7 October.  The European Environment Agency (EEA) also published its latest analysis...

Climate change is ‘serious’ but potentially beneficial

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The Eurobarometer survey released on 7 October on climate change found that over two-thirds of Europeans consider climate change to be a very serious problem and that 80% think actions to combat climate change...

Swiss look forward to high wind

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A ceremony to mark the completion of what claims to be Europe’s highest wind turbine, at over 2,400 meters above sea level, has been held in the southern canton of Valais. Energy minister Doris Leuthard...

Commissioner urges fast action in battle for sustainability

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Environment Commissioner, Janez Potočnik, called on politicians and civilians alike to strive for a greener Europe, in accords with Europe 2020. The plan, which represents the pledge of European states in the current decade...

A-G Kokott opines – complaint on EU ETS is unfounded

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The Advocate-General at the Court of Justice of the European Union Juliane Kokott presented on 6 October her verdict on the complaint of three American airlines against the EU legislation which includes aviation...

Energy line to promote job creation and efficient energy for Europe

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France and Spain have just completed a historic milestone for energy. The first trans-Europe energy converting line has just begun construction, meaning that this is the first time in Europe that an electricity link...

Commission promotes cleaner transport fossil fuels

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 The European Commission is to promote cleaner sources of fossil fuels for transport. Article 7a of the Fuel Quality Directive, adopted in 2009, set a binding target to cut CO2 emissions from transport fuel production...

Controls ordered for sites with dangerous substances

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The Fourth of October marks the one-year anniversary of Hungary's 'red mud' disaster, where an industrial accident released caustic alumina waste into areas surrounding the plant. In memory of the accident and its victims,...

EU ETS: On-the-ground battle that’s affecting skies

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 The European Union held firm on the issue of extending the emission trading system (ETS) for all flights entering or departing from airports in the region, a move strongly opposed by 26 countries. Governments of...

EU shows support for carbon pricing on shipping, aviation

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European Union finance ministers have indicated support for the carbon pricing of international maritime and aviation transport. The ministers, meeting in Luxembourg, adopted conclusions on climate finance ahead of the UN climate change conference in...

MEPs: e-waste needs to be reduced

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EU member states should be obliged to collect and recycle more discarded fridges, phones and other e-waste, said the European Parliament's environment committee. MEPs want to make it easier for consumers to return small products,...

Ashton welcomes Myitsone Dam halt

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The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton welcomed the decision of the Myanmar (Burma) authorities to stop developments on the Myitsone Dam project. "We are encouraged by the news that...

EU-Brazil Summit to forge strategic global action

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The 5th EU-Brazil Summit will take place in Brussels on 4 October, covering global, regional and bilateral issues. Of these, climate change and the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development will take the prominent...

EU needs full green economy by 2050

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Europe should be preparing itself now for the transition to a green economy by 2050, The European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik, has said.   In a speech on 3 October, Potočnik said the Rio+20...

Environmentalists: Germany holding back EU on cutting car CO2 emissions

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  Germany is holding back attempts by the European Union to cut car emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) as part of its efforts to limit climate change, a report by environmental lobby group Transport &...

Commission dissects Greece and Hungary

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The European Commission has formally requested Greece and Hungary to notify national measures implementing directive 2009/143/EC as regards the delegation of the tasks of laboratory testing on organisms harmful to plants. This request is a...

Commission takes out the trash with Romania and Belgium

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The European Commission will take measures against Romania and Belgium, for failing to respect the 2010 deadline for the transposition of the EU framework directive on waste into their respective national law. The two EU...

Dutch warned about paper recycling

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The European Commision has warned the Dutch to respect  EU rules on public procurement when awarding contracts for processing and transporting of used paper.  The European Commission aimed to ensure that used paper processing and...

Czech Republic and Germany put on notice for EU ecodesign legislation

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The European Commission has formally requested the Czech Republic and Germany to bring their national legislation on ecodesign in line with EU rules. Both countries have yet to inform the Commission – after a...