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Nov 26, 2014

EU agrees law to make ships measure CO2 emissions

BRUSSELS, Nov 26 (Reuters) – The shipping sector will for
the first time have to monitor its carbon emissions under a law
agreed by the European Union on Wednesday, intended as a step
towards tackling a growing source of pollutants linked to
climate change.

International shipping accounts for around 3 percent of the
world’s emissions of carbon dioxide, a share which could
increase to 18 percent by 2050 if regulation is not in place,
according to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

Nov 26, 2014

Lack of coal may bring Ukraine to its knees this winter

LONDON/BRUSSELS, Nov 26 (Reuters) – A shortage of coal,
rather than gas, is likely to plunge Ukraine into freezing
darkness this winter as conflict in its east seals off supplies
that used to make it self sufficient.

Kiev has said any hopes it had of Russian coal coming to the
rescue were dashed when Moscow suspended exports.

Nov 25, 2014

Air pollution costs EU up to 189 billion euros – EU agency

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Air pollution, chiefly from coal-fired power plants, cost society up to 189 billion euros (149.86 billion pounds) in 2012 – equal to the gross domestic product of Finland, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said in a report published on Tuesday.

The agency provides research to guide EU policymakers, who are reconsidering proposals put forward last year by the European Commission, the EU executive, to tighten laws on air quality.

Nov 25, 2014

Air pollution costs EU up to $235 billion: EU agency

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Air pollution, chiefly from coal-fired power plants, cost society up to 189 billion euros ($235 billion) in 2012 – equal to the gross domestic product of Finland, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said in a report published on Tuesday.

The agency provides research to guide EU policymakers, who are reconsidering proposals put forward last year by the European Commission, the EU executive, to tighten laws on air quality.

Nov 21, 2014

EU agrees law to curb plastic bag use

BRUSSELS, Nov 21 (Reuters) – EU governments unanimously
approved a new law to slash the use of plastic grocery bags on
Friday, hoping to curb litter on land and a spreading “plastic
soup” in the world’s oceans.

The measure, drafted with the European Parliament, has been
criticised by the new EU executive. It says states may struggle
to implement legislation which proposes using minimum prices or
other methods to cut bag numbers by 80 percent in a decade.

Nov 20, 2014

Truckmakers face fines as EU steps up cartel investigation

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission has stepped up a wide-ranging cartel investigation that could lead to heavy fines for some of the world’s biggest truckmakers.

The Commission announced on Thursday that it had sent formal charge sheets to several manufacturers it suspected of price fixing, marking the next phase of a complex investigation that began with raids on a number of companies’ headquarters in January 2011.

Nov 20, 2014

EU steps up truck cartel investigation

BRUSSELS, Nov 20 (Reuters) – The European Commission stepped
up a wide-ranging cartel investigation of truck manufacturers on
Thursday, saying it had formally notified unnamed makers of
heavy and medium-duty vehicles they were under suspicion.

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager declined to
name any of what she said was a large number of companies being
looked into. MAN of Germany and Scania of Sweden have previously
said they were raided by EU inspectors in 2011. Sweden’s Volvo
said on Thursday it was cooperating with the probe and had
already told shareholders its profits could be hurt by it.

Nov 19, 2014

EU states set for plastic bag curbs after clash with Juncker team

BRUSSELS, Nov 19 (Reuters) – European Union governments are
expected to approve a law on Friday to halve the number of
plastic grocery bags used across the bloc after a process that
has led to an early clash between the new EU executive and
member states.

The European Commission, which proposes legislation,
questioned the outcome of a deal between the bloc’s 28 states
and the European Parliament that added mandatory steps to cut
bag use, strengthening more flexible measures originally drafted
by the Commission.

Nov 18, 2014

Ukraine’s Naftogaz aims to avoid importing gas from Russia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine aims to avoid using an interim gas deal signed last month for as long as it can and eventually end its reliance on Russian gas through better EU connections, Naftogaz Chief Executive Andriy Kobolyev told Reuters on Tuesday.

Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement, brokered by the European Commission, at the end of October to cover gas supplies over the winter months as a temporary solution to a long-standing price dispute between Moscow and Kiev.

Nov 13, 2014

New EU bosses want to scrap some green energy laws -draft

BRUSSELS, Nov 13 (Reuters) – European Union rules on low
energy appliances, such as dishwashers and refrigerators, are
among a welter of green laws the new European Commission is
proposing to review or scrap, according to a document seen by
Reuters.

Eco-design and energy labelling directives sparked a media
furore in Eurosceptic Britain, where newspapers seized on public
indignation that the EU had issued legislation dictating how
powerful vacuum cleaners should be. Vacuum cleaners were not
mentioned in the document.