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Oct 16, 2013

European airspace carbon-fee plan set for bumpy ride

BRUSSELS, Oct 16 (Reuters) – The Europe Union should exert
its right to impose carbon charges on aviation within its own
airspace, the European Commission said on Wednesday, a step
likely to rile emerging powers China and India and revive trade
tensions.

A major retreat from previous legislation, the proposal from
the Commission, the EU executive, might fail to satisfy critics
both inside and beyond the European Union.

Oct 14, 2013

Germany wins backing of EU ministers to block car emissions law

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – European Union environment ministers on Monday agreed to German demands to scrap an agreement to cap EU car emissions that Berlin argued would cost jobs and damage its premium auto makers.

After months of forceful lobbying from Germany, the ministers from the 28 EU member states agreed to reopen a deal sealed in June, but said they would work to secure it in weeks, not months.

Oct 14, 2013

EU unveils funding list for gas, power projects

BRUSSELS/LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The European Commission
unveiled on Monday a list of 250 power and gas projects eligible
to share 5.85 billion euros ($7.93 billion) of funding as part
of plans to curb reliance on Russian gas and create a single
energy market.

The funds will be shared among trans-European energy
infrastructure projects from 2014 to 2020 with the aim of
helping EU countries integrate their energy markets and
diversify sources of supply, the bloc’s executive arm said.

Oct 14, 2013

Germany shows no sign of bending on EU car emissions law

LUXEMBOURG, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Germany showed no sign of
backing down in its campaign to block European rules on capping
car emissions which it argues would cost jobs and damage its
premium auto makers, as EU environment ministers met to debate
the topic on Monday.

The European Union reached a deal in June to limit emissions
from all new cars to 95 grams per kilometre from 2020. But
Germany has refused to accept it and has attempted to win the
support of other member states to delay the measure.

Oct 11, 2013

European utilities urge policy reform to avert black-outs

BRUSSELS, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Bosses from 10 utilities
representing half of Europe’s power-generating capacity urged
the European Union on Friday to adopt reforms to prevent
black-outs and help the indebted sector adapt to future demand.

The CEOs, who call themselves the Magritte Group after an
initial meeting in an art gallery, said EU energy and
environment policy was failing in its objectives and had raised
the risk of the lights going out.

Oct 9, 2013

EU close to meeting 2020 emissions goal already – official data

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Cuts in EU greenhouse gas emissions have almost reached the 20 percent target set for 2020, official figures showed on Wednesday, stoking a debate on how quickly the bloc should promise deeper cuts.

The European Environment Agency (EEA), a scientific body set up to inform EU policymakers, said emissions in 2012 were around 18 percent lower than in 1990.

Oct 8, 2013

EU energy guidelines leave out nuclear in blow for Britain

BRUSSELS, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Britain’s plans to use public
money to subsidise a new generation of nuclear power suffered a
setback on Tuesday when EU policy-makers decided to exclude
atomic electricity from a list of funding guidelines.

An early draft raised expectations the Commission was
preparing to sanction public support for nuclear power and
whipped up a storm of protest, especially in the biggest EU
economy Germany.

Oct 4, 2013

Germany wins extra time in campaign to soften EU car emissions law

BRUSSELS, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Germany found unexpected allies
on Friday in its campaign to protect its premium automakers,
convincing EU diplomats to delay a vote on new carbon emissions
limits to take effect from 2020.

The European Union agreed a deal in June to cut CO2 to 95
grams per kilometre (g/km) for all new EU cars from 2020, but
Germany has lobbied to weaken the measure.

Oct 4, 2013

U.N. aviation body agrees on emissions deal

MONTREAL/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United Nations’ civil aviation body has reached outline agreement on a global scheme to curb airline carbon emissions, casting a shadow over a rival EU plan to lower pollution from planes.

The executive committee of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed late on Thursday on a roadmap to create the world’s first global, market-based scheme by 2020.

Oct 3, 2013

EU policy-makers consider case for shale gas regulation

BRUSSELS, Oct 3 (Reuters) – European policy-makers will
decide by the end of the year whether they need tailor-made
rules to cover the development of shale gas reserves, a senior
official said on Thursday.

Until now, the European Commission, the EU executive, has
said existing environmental law is adequate for the early stages
of shale gas exploration in Europe.