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Jun 19, 2013

European parliament committee backs ban on planet-warming F-gases

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Parliament’s Environment Committee backed a sweeping ban on the use in fridges and air conditioners of fluorinated gases – greenhouse gases that are many thousands of times more damaging than carbon dioxide.

The plan, which would have to be approved by a plenary session of the parliament and by EU countries before becoming law, goes much further than a proposal from the executive European Commission.

Jun 19, 2013

EU politicians to try again to rescue carbon market

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union politicians are likely to back a plan to support prices on the EU carbon market on Wednesday, in a step towards resolving debate over whether to prop up the world’s largest emissions scheme.

Even if the vote, expected after 3 p.m. (1300 GMT), is positive, the proposal to temporarily remove some of a glut of allowances from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) faces further hurdles.

Jun 18, 2013

Germany leans on EU states to weaken car emissions law

BRUSSELS, June 18 (Reuters) – Senior members of the German
government have warned EU member states that German automakers
could scale back or scrap production plans in their countries
unless they support weakened carbon emissions rules, according
to diplomatic sources.

With EU governments and lawmakers aiming to finalise the
rules next week, which most of the 27 member states back,
Germany has stepped up the pressure on them to water down limits
on vehicle emissions to protect the country’s mighty car
industry, particularly luxury makers such as BMW and
Daimler.

Jun 14, 2013

EU carbon market rescue may scrape by next week, prospects shaky

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – A European Commission plan to revive Europe’s carbon market appears headed for a setback that would keep emissions prices depressed for years, although it may scrape approval in a European Parliament committee next week.

The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) was designed to force Europe’s industry and power sector to cut emissions and shift to clean energy.

Jun 7, 2013

Germany in new push against EU car emissions plan: draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany has put forward a fresh proposal on regulating carbon dioxide limits for cars sold in the European Union, which campaigners say is a last-ditch attempt to dilute a new emissions law.

Germany has been pushing for months for greater flexibility in implementing an emissions goal of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer (g/km) as an average across new EU vehicles from 2020.

Jun 7, 2013

Germany in new push against EU car emissions plan-draft

BRUSSELS, June 7 (Reuters) – Germany has put forward a fresh
proposal on regulating carbon dioxide limits for cars sold in
the European Union, which campaigners say is a last-ditch
attempt to dilute a new emissions law.

Germany has been pushing for months for greater flexibility
in implementing an emissions goal of 95 grams of carbon dioxide
per kilometre (g/km) as an average across new EU vehicles from
2020.

Jun 5, 2013

Power companies want help on prices to keep clients in Europe

BOLOGNA, Italy, June 5 (Reuters) – Europe’s squeezed utility
firms say they cannot cut prices to stop their big industrial
clients moving to the United States, where fuel costs around a
quarter as much.

Losing the business of heavy energy users, such as chemical
giants, cement and steel makers, could force the power companies
to put up prices for households, hurting consumer budgets and
making it harder for Europe to spend its way out of recession.

May 28, 2013

Chevron says Europe needs broad framework to explore shale gas

BRUSSELS, May 28 (Reuters) – Europe needs an EU-wide
framework if it is to tap into its shale gas reserves quickly
enough to reap the benefit, a senior executive at Chevron Corp
said on Tuesday.

European governments should also consider sharing any
profits with local communities in an echo of what is done in the
United States, where landowners benefit directly from shale gas
finds, Derek Magness, Chevron’s general manager for Europe, Asia
and Middle East, told Reuters in an interview.

May 28, 2013

Reality gap widens on EU car fuel efficiency claims -study

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The gap has widened between the fuel-efficiency that carmakers declare for their models and the reality for drivers, with luxury German vehicles showing the biggest divergence, a study has found.

Research by the non-profit International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) found “real-world” carbon emissions for new cars based on fuel consumption are about 25 percent higher on average than carmakers say, compared to 10 percent a decade ago.

May 28, 2013

Russian gas pipeline could doom Europe’s Nabucco plan

VIENNA/BRUSSELS, May 28 (Reuters) – Europe’s grand plan for
a gas pipeline from the Caspian Sea that would make its eastern
states less reliant on Russia may have been fatally undermined
by Russia’s even bigger project.

As Azerbaijan nears a decision on which pipeline to choose
for its future exports, the Nabucco plan that was long the
European Union favourite could lose out to the more modest Trans
Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) across Greece to southern Italy.