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Jun 6, 2012

Exclusive: Commission proposes tougher EU car CO2 standards

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission is set to propose tighter carbon emissions standards for new EU cars, according to a draft proposal that is likely to divide the auto industry.

The proposal, expected to be made public next month, would make binding a 2020 goal to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to an average of 95 grams per kilometer (g/km).

Jun 6, 2012

Green energy needs milestones to grow -EU Commission

BRUSSELS, June 6 (Reuters) – Europe must agree 2030
milestones as soon as possible to spur investment in renewable
energy, or green power growth will fizzle once firm policy runs
out in 2020, the European Commission said on Wednesday in its
latest strategy statement.

Many in the renewable energy sector agree there is a need
for strong guidance, but they want binding targets, rather than
vague aims. At the other extreme, some of the 27 member states
are strongly opposed to legal goals for renewables.

Jun 5, 2012

EU to outline vision to restart stalled car industry

BRUSSELS, June 5 (Reuters) – Europe’s industry chief on
Wednesday is expected to announce plans to galvanise the
region’s struggling car industry, focused on innovation, low
carbon emissions and using trade negotiations to ward off
competition from emerging markets, EU sources said.

European Industry Commissioner Antonio Tajani could please
environmentalists by emphasising smart regulation for a
sustainable industry, but is likely to disappoint those in the
car industry who have called for more relaxed rules to help them
cope with financial downturn.

Jun 4, 2012

Denmark urges compromise on EU energy saving deal

BRUSSELS, June 4 (Reuters) – EU president Denmark is
pressing European lawmakers and senior politicians to compromise
over an ambitious energy saving law designed to help meet a 2020
EU target to cut consumption by a fifth, but which critics say
would stifle growth.

Denmark made energy efficiency a priority for its six-month
tenure at the head of the European Union and wants to nail down
an agreement before handing on to Cyprus at the end of June.

Jun 1, 2012

EU minister meeting to tackle carbon cuts: draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European environment ministers are expected to reopen a difficult debate later this month on deeper EU carbon emissions cuts, but a draft text ahead of the meeting stops short of any firm targets.

Previous discussion of bigger carbon cuts has been tense, with coal-reliant Poland objecting that they could damage its economy.

May 30, 2012

EU carbon emissions rise, end multi-year decline

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Greenhouse gases from the European Union rose more than 2 percent in 2010 when a cold winter and a rebound in many economies drove up energy use, breaking a multi-year pattern of emissions declines.

The year-on-year rise in the official EU data released on Wednesday was slowed by emissions declines in struggling Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain.

May 26, 2012

EU says China, U.S. also have economic work to do

BRUSSELS, May 26 (Reuters) – The United States and Japan
need to tackle their tax issues and China must relax
restrictions on the yuan as they share responsibility with
Europe for restoring global economic health, EU leaders said
ahead of a June summit of the G20 economies.

In a letter addressed to all 27 European Union nations,
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European
Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Europe was doing all it
could.

May 25, 2012

EU says China, U.S., Japan also have economic work to do

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States and Japan must tackle their tax issues and China must relax restrictions on the yuan, as they share responsibility with Europe for restoring global economic health, EU leaders said ahead of a June summit of the G20 leading economies.

In a letter addressed to all 27 European Union nations, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Europe was doing it all it could.

May 24, 2012

Airlines say carbon law cutting EU off from growth

BRUSSELS, May 24 (Reuters) – Rising tensions with India and
China over the European Union’s “arrogant” law on carbon
emissions could rob the region of the markets that can rescue it
from economic malaise, airline leaders said on Thursday.

They also said they had prepared contingency plans for a
possible exit of Greece from the euro, as part of the industry’s
extensive crisis management, and they were worried about a
domino effect of more country’s being forced out of the currency
bloc, with implications for all businesses.

May 24, 2012

Germany puts deeper carbon cut back on EU agenda

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany has asked for discussion on deeper EU carbon emissions cuts to be put on the agenda at a meeting of environment ministers in June, EU sources said.

If agreed, a more ambitious target could help to spur the European Union’s carbon market, which has sunk to record lows.