Environment

England ends “free” plastic and aluminium bottles

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England will now follow the lead of Scotland and 40 other European states to introduce a deposit for plastic bottles and aluminium cans used by the soft drink industry. Consumers will no longer be able to regard...

MEPs, Council agree on EU law for monitoring CO2 emissions from HDVs

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Representatives from the EU Parliament and European Council reached a provisional agreement on March 26 on the regulation details for monitoring and reporting CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data from new heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs),...

Global Covenant of Mayors focuses on driving climate action in cities

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The Global Covenant of Mayors’ Co-Chairs, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael Bloomberg, and European CommissionVice-President Maroš Šefčovič on March 22 announced plans to develop a City Research & Innovation Agenda to...

EU gets greener, cleaner economy strategy into high gear

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The European Commission on March 22 hosted a high-level conference on its strategy to reform the financial system in support of the EU's climate and sustainable development agenda. According to the Commission, this event is...

EU leaders want greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategy

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The European Council on March 22 adopted conclusions including the Paris Agreement, calling for a new EU strategy on how to curb EU greenhouse gas emissions. “The European Council invites the Commission to present by...

EU seeks global environmental pact

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The European Commission on March 19 has asked the Council for a mandate to negotiate an international Global Pact for the Environment on behalf of the European Union. According to the Commission, the request, in the...

EU: Implementing 2030 climate targets to boost Bulgaria’s GDP

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EU Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič was expected to visit Bulgaria on March 14-15 for the second Energy Union Tour to discuss Bulgaria's progress towards its 2020 targets for energy efficiency, renewables...

EU inks second innovation deal on batteries for electric vehicles

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The European Commission on March 12 signed an innovation deal with eight partners from national and regional authorities as well as innovators from France and the Netherlands. The European Commission said in a press release...

EU encourages Luxembourg to keep up emission reduction efforts

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European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič visited Luxembourg on March 12 for the second Energy Union Tour where he held in-depth talks in the Parliament regarding Climate Action to deliver on the...

EIB backs clean energy investment in India

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The European Investment Bank has signed a new €150 million long-term loan with the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) to support renewable energy investment across India. More than 1.1 million Indian households expected to...

EU Commission unveils action plan for a greener, cleaner economy

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The European Commission said on March 8 that the EC has unveiled its strategy for a financial system that supports the EU's climate and sustainable development agenda. “As our planet increasingly faces the unpredictable consequences...

EU environment ministers call for protecting seas from plastics

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European Union Environment Ministers on March 5 exchanged views on the package presented by the Commission in January, which aims at delivering on the circular economy action plan. The ministers agreed that they welcomed the...

Bloomberg appointed to UN Special Envoy for Climate Change

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday was named UN Special Envoy for Climate Change by the United Nation's Secretary-General António Guterres. Bloomberg will lead the UN's climate change initiative and his high-profile presence is expected...

European safety authority says nicotine-based pesticides kill bees

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Apiarists have long known that pesticides are harmful to bumblebees, solitary bees, and honeybees. but a new definitive study by the European Safety Authority published on February 28 has concluded that nicotine-based pesticides are killing...

EU, Austria advance clean energy transition

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European Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said Austria is already very close to achieving its 2020 renewables target, in particular, that 73% of its electricity comes from renewables. Šefčovič was due to visit...

EU Atlantic plan spurs €6 billion invest in maritime projects

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The European Commission said Monday that halfway through the implementation of the EU’s action plan for a maritime strategy in the Atlantic, an independent study finds it has spurred over 1,200 new maritime projects...

EU approves German support for electric buses, charging infrastructure

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The European Commission said Monday that German plans to support the purchase of electric buses and related recharging infrastructure by public transport operators to be in line with EU state aid rules. According to the Commission,...

MEPs to modernise EU’s electricity market

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European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) voted Wednesday to modernise the EU’s electricity market, striving to give consumers more choice and greater energy security. The ITRE amended four legislative proposals on the...

EU takes a step closer to energy efficient buildings

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The European Union on Wednesday took a step closer to a final approval of energy-efficient buildings. The European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) called for long-term renovation strategies for investment certainty and...

Reducing emissions, EU to double renewables by 2030

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The European Union can increase the share of renewable energy in its energy mix to 34% by 2030 – double the share in 2016 – with a net positive economic impact, according to an...

Transnational push for privatisation of world’s second largest aquifer

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Major transnational conglomerates are lobbying governments in Latin America to achieve the privatisation of the second bigger aquifer system in the world. According to the Brazilian press, the lobbying in South America concerns the Guarani...

MEPs pass law to strengthen EU curbs on CO2 emissions

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Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg passed a law Tuesday to strengthen EU curbs on CO2 emissions from industrial sites, in order to comply with Paris climate accord commitments. The text was approved by 535...

EU Commission wants clean drinking water for all Europeans

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Drinking water should become better and more accessible to all citizens throughout Europe, according to a 2013 citizens’ initiative that the European Commission plans to follow, according to a presentation outlining the Commission's strategy...

EU calls for ensuring market rules over Croatia’s energy market

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With 28 percent of Croatia's energy coming from renewables, the country achieved its national 2020 targets for both renewables and energy efficiency, European Commission Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič told a conference...

European Commissioner for Environment takes hard line on air quality violators

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The EU's Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella met with environment ministers from nine member states on Tuesday today to discuss their countries' failure to meet Brussels' air quality standards. Ministers from Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the UK, Romania, Hungary,...

EU bank advances €48 million for Austrian wind farms

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing €48 million of finance for the construction and operation of three new wind farms in Austria (Kreuzstetten IV, Dürnkrut II and Hipples II) with a total capacity...

EU’s ‘initial frontier’

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The European Union must ensure the continuity and evolution of Europe’s space programmes and back them up with sufficient resources, European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said. He noted that Commission is currently preparing a set of legislative...

Brussels calls out nine member states that break the EU’s air quality limits

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The European Commission announced on Friday that a ministerial summit will be held at the end of the month on 30 January in Brussels, so that the EU executive will assist the member states...

European Parliament to set up pesticides committee after ‘glyphosate wars’

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The EU’s legislative body political leaders have decided to set up a special committee to look into the EU’s authorisation procedure for pesticides, while the decision awaits vote on the mandate during the 5-8 February plenary...

European food industry presents goals after first stakeholders meeting with the EU Commission on...

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The European Commission's high-level multi-stakeholder platform on the follow up to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the EU met for the first time on Wednesday 10 January. The multi-stakeholder platform on SDGs...

Agreement concluded between the EU and Morocco is invalid because it applies to the...

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According to the Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice  Melchior Wathelet, the Fisheries Agreement concluded between the EU and Morocco is invalid because it applies to the Western Sahara and its adjacent waters By...

EU launches Clean Energy Forum to boost renewables

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On January 9, the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete launched the first high-level meeting of the EU Clean Energy Industrial Competitiveness and Innovation Forum in Brussels. According to the European...

EU Parliament, Council agree on rules for energy efficient buildings

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The European Parliament and Council provisionally agreed on December 19 on new measures to ensure that all buildings in the European Union are as energy-efficient as possible by 2050. The Directive for Energy Performance of...

EU approves German renewable energy surcharge

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On December 19, the European Commission endorsed under EU State aid rules German plans to progressively apply renewable energy surcharges to certain self-suppliers of electricity. The surcharge reform will contribute to lower electricity bills for...

EU green lights prolongation of support for biofuels in Lithuania

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The European Commission said the EC has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Lithuanian scheme supporting certain biofuels. According to the Commission, the scheme provides for aid in the form of direct grants for...

EU energy ministers agree on Energy Union system rules

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On 18 December, the European Union energy ministers agreed on a general approach (negotiating position) on a regulation setting out the system for the governance of the Energy Union, which integrates, climate and energy...

Applaud and not criticise the Commission for upholding the Birds’ Directive in Malta

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Professor Juan Bautista Torregrosa Soler in his piece on Malta’s finch trapping tradition, reverberates an earlier piece published by Malta’s trapping federation’s Lino Farrugia on Euractiv some days ago. Finch trapping in Malta is a...