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Liberals and Democrats reluctantly back moderate reforms in EU #CarbonMarket

Liberals and Democrats reluctantly back moderate reforms in EU #CarbonMarket

| February 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Today (15 February), the ALDE Group in the European Parliament reluctantly backed the outcome of a vote on reforms in the EU’s carbon market. Although plans to strengthen the system and reduce the glut of emission allowances should have been stricter, the vote does moderately strengthen the climate ambition of the system. The vote also […]

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Conservative MEP’s key #ClimateChange reforms backed by Parliament

Conservative MEP’s key #ClimateChange reforms backed by Parliament

| February 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ambitious plans to cut carbon emissions from European industries from 2021 have been approved today (15 February) by MEPs. The proposals will overhaul the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the EU’s main policy tackling climate change, and have been steered through the  European Parliament by Conservative MEP Ian Duncan. The ETS imposes a cap on carbon […]

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#Comitology: Commission proposes more transparency and accountability for procedures implementing food safety laws in the EU

#Comitology: Commission proposes more transparency and accountability for procedures implementing food safety laws in the EU

| February 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Commission proposed today to amend the Comitology Regulation, increasing transparency and accountability in the procedures for implementation of EU legislation. The Commission is delivering on President Juncker’s pledge in his State of the Union Speech in September 2016 when he stated, “It is not right that when EU countries cannot decide among themselves whether or not to […]

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CO2 cuts: finding the right balance between protecting trade and fighting #climatechange

CO2 cuts: finding the right balance between protecting trade and fighting #climatechange

| February 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

MEPs vote this week on plans to reform the EU’s emissions trading system (ETS), a scheme set up to help reduce greenhouse gases, which is not not working as expected. Although the EU is the world’s third largest CO2 emitter, it also harbours the most ambitious climate target: to cut emissions by at least 40% […]

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#Windpower chalks up more strong numbers

#Windpower chalks up more strong numbers

| February 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Global Wind Energy Council released its annual market statistics today (10 February): the 2016 market was more than 54 GW, bringing total global installed capacity to nearly 487 GW. Led by China, the US, Germany, and India; and with surprisingly strong showings from France, Turkey and the Netherlands, the global market was nonetheless less […]

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MEPs overhaul #EU rules on car approvals to prevent further emissions scandals

MEPs overhaul #EU rules on car approvals to prevent further emissions scandals

| February 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

In a drive to prevent a recurrence of the VW emissions scandal, Internal Market Committee MEPs amended EU car “type approval” rules on Thursday (9 February), to make environmental and safety testing more independent and strengthen national and EU oversight of cars already on the road.  Daniel Dalton (ECR, UK), who is steering this legislation […]

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#Antitrust: Commission fines three companies €68 million for car battery recycling cartel

#Antitrust: Commission fines three companies €68 million for car battery recycling cartel

| February 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

The European Commission has fined Campine, Eco-Bat Technologies and Recylex a total of €68 million for fixing prices for purchasing scrap automotive batteries, in breach of EU antitrust rules. A fourth company, Johnson Controls, was not fined because it revealed the existence of the cartel to the Commission. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Well […]

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