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Nov 3, 2015

EU regulators look to LNG and away from Russian pipelines -document

BRUSSELS, Nov 3 (Reuters) – European Union regulators are
preparing a strategy to import more liquefied natural gas (LNG)
while scrutinising Russia’s plans to expand its pipeline
capacity to Germany, a draft EU document says.

The document is part of the European Commission’s efforts to
enforce a single energy market, based on regional cooperation
and diverse sources of energy shared across the 28-member bloc.

Oct 28, 2015

EU member states reach compromise on car engine tests

BRUSSELS, Oct 28 (Reuters) – European countries reached a
compromise deal on new testing rules for cars on Wednesday that
allows vehicles to carry on emitting more than twice agreed
pollution limits despite an outcry caused by the Volkswagen
emissions scandal.

The agreement, thrashed out in extended talks, diluted a
proposal from the European Commission, the EU executive, after
many of the 28 member states demanded leeway to protect the car

Oct 28, 2015

EU member states far apart on engine tests despite VW scandal

BRUSSELS, Oct 28 (Reuters) – European nations are sharply
divided over plans to tighten EU car-testing rules, despite the
Volkswagen emissions scandal, national position
papers seen by Reuters show ahead of a closed-door meeting to
debate the issue.

The European Commission and European Parliament have sought
to pressure the 28 EU governments to reach a swift deal on
tougher regulations to close the gap between the real and
theoretical performance of new cars.

Oct 27, 2015

European Parliament adds to pressure for cleaner car industry

BRUSSELS, Oct 27 (Reuters) – The European Parliament on
Tuesday stoked the pressure on EU regulators to end emissions
cheating in the car industry with a resolution urging swift
adoption of tougher vehicle testing and early results of
investigations into what went wrong.

Europe’s largest carmaker Volkswagen is battling
the biggest business crisis in its 78-year history after
admitting in September it installed software in diesel vehicles
to deceive regulators about their toxic emissions.

Oct 26, 2015

Big firms say EU carbon reforms do not go far enough

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Proposed reforms to the EU carbon market do not go far enough and need to be supplemented by a phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies, a group of major companies said in an open letter to European Union environment ministers meeting on Monday.

The European Commission in July outlined its plans to bolster the Emissions Trading System (ETS), on which permits to pollute trade at around 8.5 euros per ton, seen as too little to drive a shift to lower carbon energy. Environment ministers of the 28 EU states debated the proposals on Monday in Luxembourg, in one of the early steps towards turning the plans into law.” We do not believe that the Commission’s ETS reform proposal will deliver a carbon price sufficient to maintain the EU ETS as the cornerstone of EU climate policy,” said the Corporate Leaders Group, which brings together firms including EDF Energy, Unilever, Acciona and Coca Cola.The letter also predicted auctions of carbon allowances would not “generate sufficient innovation funds to help industry decarbonize”.

Oct 9, 2015

EU regulators wave through UK nuclear waste clean-up price plan

BRUSSELS, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Britain won EU regulatory
approval on Friday for a pricing model to set the cost of
disposing of nuclear waste that environmentalists say is too
generous to nuclear power plant operators and punishing for

Nuclear energy is a sensitive political issue in Europe that
pits the European Union’s biggest economy Germany – and its
plans to phase out atomic energy and pin costs on its utilities
– against supporters of the energy source, such as Britain and

Oct 8, 2015

Flies, worms and crickets crawl onto EU policymakers’ menu

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Houseflies, crickets and silkworms can be safe, nutritious and more environmentally friendly alternatives to chicken, beef or pork, research carried out for the European Commission finds.

Still, they are less likely to be found on European restaurant menus than in animal feed, carefully controlled to prevent the kind of prions, or abnormal proteins, blamed for mad cow disease.

Oct 6, 2015

EU seeks to harness VW outrage in diesel testing push

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) – The European Commission sought on Tuesday to increase pressure on carmakers to agree to faster, deeper diesel emissions cuts, counting on public anger over Volkswagen’s test-rigging to help its case.

In an unprecedented test of its political heft – and of European regulatory enforcement – the industry is resisting a push by Brussels to crack down on nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions that are as much as seven times the legal limit on average.

Oct 5, 2015

Think Europe’s halting GMOs? It could be heading for more

PARIS (Reuters) – The large number of European countries opposing GMO cultivation may have given the impression the bloc is putting a break on GMOs but with new crops queuing for approval and key countries leaving the door open, output is more likely to grow than wane.

Nineteen out of 28 EU member states have requested opt-outs for all or part of their territory from cultivation of Monsanto’s MON810, the sole GMO crop already approved for cultivation, or for pending applications.

Oct 3, 2015

VW starts telling customers if affected by emissions scandal

BERLIN/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Two weeks after it admitted to cheating diesel emissions tests, Volkswagen provided the first information on Friday allowing customers to find out if their vehicles are affected.

The German carmaker, which has said it will have to refit up to 11 million cars and vans containing illegal software, rolled out a website page that tells owners who input data about their vehicles whether they will have to bring them into the garage.