BRUSSELS (Reuters) – F-gases, used in refrigeration and linked with high levels of global warming, need to be cut substantially by 2030, Europe’s climate boss said on Tuesday.
She added that she would be pushing for a global plan on cutting fluorinated gases at U.N. climate change talks in Doha beginning later this month.
BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. airlines, through industry group A4A, will lobby the United States’ new president as soon as he takes office on an issue that has triggered threats of a trade war.
All year, an international row has raged over the European Union’s decision to include all airlines using its airports in its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), designed to curb planet-warming pollution.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union needs new binding goals on renewable energy and on cutting carbon emissions to succeed green policy targets that expire in 2020, the EU’s energy chief said, omitting any mention of replacing the current energy savings target.
His comments added to a debate about whether the three existing green goals should be followed by another three, with some EU nations and industry opposing what they see as too much regulation.
BRUSSELS, Oct 30 (Reuters) – The EU’s first energy budget
has been cut to a maximum of 7 billion euros ($9 billion) as
part of a compromise proposal on the bloc’s long-term financing,
which governments will haggle over in the coming weeks.
Under its original budget proposal, the European Commission
set aside 9.1 billion euros for strategic cross-border energy
infrastructure. It was the first time the Commission had
ring-fenced money for the sector.
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – EU environment ministers clashed over a huge surplus of U.N. pollution permits, a technical spat with the potential to derail international efforts to tackle climate change.
Settling the issue is crucial to U.N. environment talks in Doha, beginning next month, which will seek to hammer out the detail of a second phase of climate action after the first Kyoto commitment period expires at the end of this year.
LUXEMBOURG, Oct 25 (Reuters) – EU carbon-cutting efforts
will fall short of target because they rely on a false
assumption biomass used for heat and power is emissions-free, a
report said on Thursday.
The findings of the Institute for European Environment
Policy reinforce concerns already raised by climate campaigners
that EU environment policy is fundamentally flawed.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Indebted euro strugglers Italy and Spain are missing Kyoto targets and must pay up for international emissions credits or undermine the bloc’s climate leadership, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said on Wednesday.
As a whole, European nations are still well placed to meet EU goals and a first set of Kyoto targets (2008-12) as their emissions fell last year to the lowest level since 1990.
BRUSSELS, Oct 24 (Reuters) – A green revolution to make EU
energy almost totally carbon-free by 2050 would generate 3
trillion euros ($3.9 trillion) in fuel savings, a report
commissioned by environmental campaigners said.
The energy shift would already create around half a million
extra jobs by 2020, researchers from German aerospace centre
DLR, which also specialises in energy and transport, found.
BRUSSELS, Oct 23 (Reuters) – A rapid rise in surplus EU
carbon credits is expected to slow from 2014 onwards, but to
tackle a short-term glut member states need to decide before the
end of the year on reforms, a European Commission draft document
The draft report on the carbon market also called on the
member states to discuss and explore options for more lasting
changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) after allowance
prices hit a record low earlier this year.
BRUSSELS, Oct 17 (Reuters) – New EU rules to limit how much
food can be made into biofuels are “not perfect” and make it
harder to achieve overall goals on switching to low carbon
energy, European Commissioners said on Wednesday.
But they insisted the proposals sent out the right signal to
the biofuel industry, which would have to move on to
new-generation fuels that do not compete with demand for food.