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Nov 8, 2012

More EU words than deeds for ailing carmakers

BRUSSELS, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Europe’s industry boss said
there were limits to what he could do to prop up the region’s
ailing carmakers, a crucial part of the economy.

Carmakers in the region have closed factories and shed
thousands of jobs as the economic downturn erodes demand.

Nov 8, 2012

EU industry boss offers more words than deeds for car sector

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s industry boss on Thursday pledged urgent, coordinated action to prop up the region’s ailing carmakers, but critics said the strategy lacked substance.

The European Union’s car sector has shed thousands of jobs as the economic downturn has eroded demand and forced plant closures.

Nov 7, 2012

EU law seeks to ban planet-warming F-gases

BRUSSELS, Nov 7 (Reuters) – F-gases, a potent source of
global warming used in refrigeration, should be banned from new
equipment as part of a progressive phase-out, draft European
Commission proposals said.

The draft, published on Wednesday, confirmed comment by
Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard on Tuesday on the need for
a drastic cut.

Nov 7, 2012

gases in fridges, air-con must be phased out -draft EU law

BRUSSELS, Nov 7 (Reuters) – F-gases, a potent source of
global warming used in refrigeration, should be banned from new
equipment as part of a progressive phase-out, draft European
Commission proposals said.

The draft, published on Wednesday, confirmed comment by
Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard on Tuesday on the need for
a drastic cut.

Nov 6, 2012

Cooling gases must fall to curb global warming

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.

Nov 4, 2012

U.S. airlines brace to lobby new president on EU row

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.

Oct 31, 2012

EU energy chief backs new renewable goal post 2020

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.

Oct 30, 2012

EU budget draft cuts energy share to 7 bln euros

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.

Oct 25, 2012

EU environment ministers clash over “hot air”

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.

Oct 25, 2012

Woody energy burns hole in EU climate policy-report

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.