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#Pesticides: Parliament to set up special committee

#Pesticides: Parliament to set up special committee

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

The European Parliament’s political leaders have green-lighted a special committee to look into the EU’s authorization procedure for pesticides. The full House will take the final decision on the proposal by the Conference of Presidents (Parliament’s President and political group leaders) at its session in February. The special committee is a response to concerns raised […]

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Clean energy: EU’s push for #renewables and #EnergyEfficiency

Clean energy: EU’s push for #renewables and #EnergyEfficiency

| January 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

In 2016 the European Commission presented a set of clean energy proposals aimed to help fight climate change, as well as reduce the EU’s dependency on fossil fuel imports and help households generate their own green energy. MEPs are now considering amendments to these proposals. Renewables The share of energy consumed from renewable sources has almost doubled […]

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UK pledges to cut all avoidable #PlasticWaste by 2042

UK pledges to cut all avoidable #PlasticWaste by 2042

| January 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May pledged on Thursday (11 January) to eliminate avoidable plastic waste within 25 years, in an attempt to shift the focus away from her government’s divisions over Brexit to a more wide-ranging domestic agenda, writes Andrew MacAskill. After months of headlines dominated by Brexit, scandal and an ill-judged election, May will try […]

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Commission launches public consultation on actions to halt decline of #bees and other #pollinators

Commission launches public consultation on actions to halt decline of #bees and other #pollinators

| January 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Commission is launching a public consultation on a European initiative on pollinators. Wild pollinators such as bees, butterflies and many other insects pollinate crops and wild plants, so that they can bear fruit and seed. An estimated €15 billion of annual EU agricultural output is directly attributed to pollinators. Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries […]

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State aid: Commission approves Greek auction scheme for #RenewableElectricity

State aid: Commission approves Greek auction scheme for #RenewableElectricity

The European Commission has found a Greek auction scheme for the production of electricity from renewable sources and high efficiency cogeneration to be in line with EU state aid rules. The scheme will further EU energy and climate goals whilst preserving competition. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Greece will bring down costs for renewable […]

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Britain outlines plans for 2025 #coal-power phase out

Britain outlines plans for 2025 #coal-power phase out

Britain will set an emission limit on coal-fired power generators from 1 October, 2025, forcing them to close unless they are fitted with carbon capture technology, the government said on Friday (5 January). As part of its efforts to meet the country’s climate targets, Britain in 2015 announced it would end “unabated” coal-fired power generation […]

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State aid: Commission approves introduction of tradable #phosphate rights for dairy cattle in the Netherlands

State aid: Commission approves introduction of tradable #phosphate rights for dairy cattle in the Netherlands

| December 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules a trading system for phosphate rights for dairy cattle in the Netherlands. The measure aims to improve water quality in the Netherlands by limiting phosphate production from dairy cattle manure and promote a shift to land-based farming. Given the high density of dairy cattle in […]

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