Environment

EU launches platform for coal regions in transition

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Moving away from an economy driven by fossil fuels, the European Union launched a new platform to kick-start the transition to a more sustainable future. The new Coal Regions in Transition Platform was launched on...

Paris begins to snatch US environmental researchers

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The French “Make out Planet Great Again” project kicked off on Monday, extending grants to 18 pioneering researchers around the world who are willing to relocate in France.   50 grants will be allocated by...

After Dieselgate, EU to tighten rules for safer, cleaner cars

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Given that Dieselgate has revealed the weaknesses of our regulatory and market surveillance system, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on December 7 reached a political agreement to significantly raise the quality...

MEPs adopt Energy Union rules

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On December 7, the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and the Environment (ENVI) Committees voted on rules regulating the working mechanisms of the Energy Union project. The report was adopted by 61 votes in...

EU, UNEA join the fight for ‘pollution-free planet’ in Kenya

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European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella led the EU Delegation at the third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya on December 4-6 where he called for...

EU launches global partnerships to reach climate goals

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The European Union has launched new strategic partnerships to cooperate more closely with major economies to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change and on environmentally friendly practices more broadly, the European Commission...

S&D calls for traceability of tobacco in Europe

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An independent traceability system for tobacco products is urgently needed, according to the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) Group in the European Parliament. But some members of the European Parliament’s health and environment committee raised objections...

EU Commission probes Spain’s support for coal power plants

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The European Commission said on November 27 that the EC has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether Spain's "environmental incentive" for coal power plants is in line with EU State aid rules. At...

Brussels opens in-depth investigation into Spain’s support for coal power plants

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An in-depth investigation was launched by the European Commission in order to assess whether Spain's environmental incentive for coal power plants is in line with the European Union’s State aid rules. “If you pollute, you...

Monsanto lobby secures renewal of license for Roundap

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Monsanto’s lobby convinced the European Council to ignore the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Parliament and renew the license for the weed killer Roundup. The current license expires December 15. Of the EU...

Poland faces hefty fine for logging in Białowieża

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If Poland does not comply with a ban on logging in the primaeval Białowieża forest, a European Union top court has threatened to slap it with a hefty fine of €100,000 per day. The European...

EU ambassadors endorse ETS reform deal with European Parliament

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EU ambassador met on November 22 endorsing the provisional deal reached between the Estonian presidency and the European Parliament on November 9 on the reform of the EU emissions trading system (ETS) for the...

EU approves German support scheme for solar panels on apartment buildings

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The European Commission said on November 20 that the EC has approved under EU State aid rules a German scheme granting public support to landlords planning to install solar panels on the roof of...

COP23 climate talks accelerate Paris Agreement implementation

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This year's United Nations climate conference, COP23, concluded on November 17 in Bonn, under the presidency of Fiji, with nearly 200 countries taking steps forward to ensure global climate action through implementation of the...

Governator Schwarzenegger, Commissionator Šefčovič promote Clean Mobility

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STRASBOURG – The EU wants to kick-start the European car industry, creating competitive zero and low emission cars, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič told New Europe. “I spent the weekend in Bonn...

EU Commission maps the sources and level of air pollution in Europe with the...

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This year’s Air Quality Index got launched today by the EU Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Commission during the Clean Air Forum that took place on Thursday in Paris, paired with the publication...

EU pushes inland waterways as low-carbon transport

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European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc is attending the Inland waterways and ports dialogue in Strasbourg on November 15 to discuss a vision for inland waterways transport towards 2030. “European inland waterways and ports have united...

Environmental groups take Norway to court over Arctic Circle oil policy

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Norway is taken to Court for granting ten exploration licenses in the Arctic Circle to Statoil, Chevron, Lukoil, and ConocoPhillips. Since 2014, Norway has a constitutional commitment to environmental sustainability for future generations, which environmental...

Carbon trading scheme reform – will there be a compromise?

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EU’s flagship ETS (Emission Trading System) reform approvement by the majority of member states came after almost two years of discussion on February 2017. Under the proposed plan, emissions cap will fall by 2.2%...

EU fails to agree on Glyphosate’s license renewal

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As the clock is ticking for the controversial herbicide’s license renewal, the EU-28 member states have failed to agree to the five-year license renewal proposed by the European Commission on Wednesday. The Standing Committee on...

France against EU Commission’s Glyphosate 5-year renewal proposal

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France announced its decision to oppose the five-year renewal of authorisation for Glyphosate, a controversial weedkiller, after the European Commission tabled its proposal on November 8 following the weekly College meeting of the Commissioners...

Snubbing Trump, California joins EU in joint climate push

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Despite the decision of US President Donald Trump to pull out of the Paris climate accord, California is extending its joint efforts with the European Union to implement carbon markets and zero-carbon transportation policies. European...

Venice seeks compromise with the cruise industry

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An Italian government committee a plan to direct all mega-cruise ships weighing more than 100,000 tonnes away from the Venice Grand Canal to the industrial port of Marghera. Work on infrastructure will begin with a...

EU cuts CO2 emissions by 23% while economy grows by 53%

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The European Commission said on November 7 that greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union were reduced by 23% between 1990 and 2016, while the economy grew by 53% over the same period. As this...

MEPs increase spending for growth, jobs, security

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The European Parliament on October 25 approved a resolution on the European Union’s budget for 2018. With 414 votes to 163, with 90 abstentions, the resolution reaffirmed their commitment to “financing Union policies that...

EU aims for clean, competitive, connected mobility for all by 2025

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The European Union aims to ensure clean, competitive and connected mobility integrating all means of transport by 2025. In an opinion drafted by the TEN section of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)...

European Parliament votes for a ban on glyphosate by 2022

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The European Parliament approved a resolution to fully ban glyphosates by 2022 on Tuesday. Glyphosate is the active agent of Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup. On Wednesday, the European Commission postponed taking a binding agreement on...

MEPs propose upgraded, nationally binding targets for renewables

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The share of energy from renewable sources, such as solar or wind, should be at least 35% of the Union’s gross final consumption of energy by 2030, Members of the European Parliament from the...

Millions of birds killed illegally in Europe

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As many as two million birds per year may be killed illegally in Northern and Central Europe and the Caucasus region – mainly for sport or “pest” control, according to a new report released...

Luxembourg closer to 2020 climate, energy targets

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Luxembourg is making good progress towards its 2020 climate and energy targets, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič has said. Šefčovič was expected to visit Luxembourg for the second Energy Union Tour on...

EU prepares for COP23 climate talks

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Ahead of the next UN climate conference (COP23), Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete and Estonian Environment Minister Siim Kiisler will represent the EU and its Member States at a ministerial dialogue...

EU strives for highly energy efficient buildings, electro-mobility by 2050

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The European Parliament’s Industry and Energy Committee on October 11 agreed new measures to ensure that all new buildings in the EU are as energy-efficient as possible by 2050. Rules to channel the focus towards...

Ocean’s 28: EU wants cleaner seas

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In Malta, the 28 members of the European Union have announced an ambitious package of 36 EU-initiatives to foster healthier, cleaner, safer and more secure seas. More than €6 billion have been committed by...

EU, France to boost energy transition

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The European Commission and France plan to boost clean energy transition, including energy efficiency, interconnections and cleaner transport, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič has said. Šefčovič will be in France on October...

MEPs want all endocrine disrupters banned from pesticides

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The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has called for a veto of the European Commission’s proposal to exempt some chemicals from the scope of criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors in pesticides. In a resolution voted on...

EU Member States to get environment, climate action investments

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The Commission said on September 28 that the EC has approved an investment package of €222 million from the EU budget to support Europe's transition to more sustainable and low-carbon future under the LIFE...

EU hails Romania’s renewable energy targets

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European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič visited Romania on September 27 for a two-day visit where he will discuss the country’s involvement in regional energy markets and regional cooperation as well as...