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Jul 21, 2011

Steelmakers sue EU over carbon market rules

BRUSSELS, July 21 (Reuters) – European steelmakers said they
started legal action on Thursday to overturn the way the sector
has been included in the European Union’s carbon market.

Industry body Eurofer says the rules for the Emissions
Trading Scheme (ETS) do not fairly set a benchmark that would
allow the industry’s most efficient 10 percent of factories to
get free pollution permits after 2013.

Jul 19, 2011

EU gets tough on dirty biofuel, pledges more action

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s energy chief announced seven green certification schemes for biofuels on Tuesday and promised in future to tackle the unwanted side-effects of turning food into fuel.

Guenther Oettinger said biofuels’ indirect impacts were dangerous for the planet’s carbon balance and food supply.

Jul 19, 2011

EU agrees to bury nuclear waste in secure bunkers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Radioactive waste from Europe’s 143 nuclear reactors must in future be buried in secure bunkers, ministers from EU member states agreed on Tuesday.

The new rules force national nuclear authorities to draw up disposal plans by 2015, which will be vetted by Europe’s energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger.

Jul 5, 2011

Europe and US airlines clash in court over emissions

LUXEMBOURG, July 5 (Reuters) – U.S. airlines stepped up
their campaign against European Union climate policy on Tuesday,
challenging the EU in its highest court over the right to
regulate their greenhouse gas emissions.

The EU aims to lead the world in fighting climate change,
and says it needs to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions to
guard against future climate impacts such as crop failures,
droughts or flooding.

Jul 2, 2011

Serbia and Kosovo reach breakthrough on cooperation

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Serbia and Kosovo agreed on Saturday to cooperate on several practical issues, taking their first step toward easing troubled relations and advancing toward European Union membership.

The EU-mediated talks target a tangle of problems crucial to Kosovo’s daily existence, which are a legacy of Serbia’s refusal to recognize its secession in 2008, but sidestep the question of Kosovo’s independence.

Jul 1, 2011

Europe and U.S. in legal clash over airline emissions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.S. airlines will step up their campaign against European Union climate policy next week, with a legal challenge at Europe’s highest court to their inclusion in the EU carbon market.

The EU aims to lead the world in fighting climate change, and says it needs to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions to guard against future climate impacts such as crop failures, droughts or flooding.

Jun 29, 2011

EU moves to clamp down on energy insider trading

BRUSSELS, June 29 (Reuters) – European Union governments
struck a provisional deal on Wednesday on preventing market
abuse and insider trading in energy markets, negotiators said.

EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger proposed new
rules in December to prevent market abuse in a wholesale market
estimated to be worth around 500 billion euros ($708 billion)
per year.

Jun 29, 2011

Europe cuts CO2 emissions from cars by 3.7 percent

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The fuel efficiency of European cars advanced last year, with exhaust carbon emissions falling 3.7 percent, provisional European Union data showed on Wednesday.

The EU, home to 500 million people, has set a target for cutting average emissions from new cars to 130 grams of CO2 per kilometer by 2015.

Jun 29, 2011

Europe cuts CO2 emissions from cars by 3.7 pct -data

BRUSSELS, June 29 (Reuters) – The fuel efficiency of
European cars advanced last year, with exhaust carbon emissions
falling 3.7 percent, provisional European Union data showed on
Wednesday.

The EU, home to 500 million people, has set a target for
cutting average emissions from new cars to 130 grams of CO2 per
kilometre by 2015.

Jun 23, 2011

Russia among EU neighbors to test nuclear safety

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia and six other neighbors of the European Union agreed to follow the EU’s lead by imposing new safety checks on their nuclear power stations, the EU’s executive said Thursday.

“Following the ongoing re-assessment of nuclear plants in the EU, several neighboring countries will perform similar stress tests,” the European Commission said in a statement.

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      "Pete Harrison is a Reuters correspondent in Brussels covering the European Union politics of energy, environment and climate change. He is also part of the Reuters team covering international talks to find a successor to the Kyoto Protocol."
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