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Oct 13, 2010

No big CO2 rebound seen when crisis ends: EEA

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe may defy predictions of a strong surge in greenhouse gas output as European Union industries rev up again after a fall in production during the recession, a top EU climate official said on Wednesday.

Emissions in the EU’s 27 member countries fell 6.9 percent between 2008 and 2009, largely due to the economic slowdown, says the European Environment Agency (EEA), the EU’s top body for environment monitoring and research.

Oct 12, 2010

EU softens stance on oil drilling moratorium

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission has softened its call for a moratorium on oil drilling in deep water, an EU document showed on Tuesday.

The call was a response to BP’s accident in the Gulf of Mexico, but the idea has been rebuffed by the European Union’s parliament and by Britain, the home of the EU’s biggest oil explorers.

Oct 7, 2010

EU energy chief plans deepwater drilling ban

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s energy chief will next week reiterate his call for a temporary ban on new deepwater drilling for oil until a probe is completed into the causes of BP’s spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a draft document shows.

Guenther Oettinger will propose on October 13 a regulatory clampdown on the offshore oil industry, following the Deepwater Horizon accident, his spokeswoman confirmed.

Oct 6, 2010

No reprieve for deep-sea fish in new EU quotas

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s fisheries chief said on Wednesday that Atlantic deep-sea fishing quotas should be kept level in 2011-2012 to protect deep-sea sharks and the vulnerable orange roughy, but conservationists said she had not gone far enough.

Maria Damanaki, who took over this year, has pledged to reverse decades of over-exploitation by industrial fishing fleets that has pushed several European fish stocks to the brink of extinction.

Oct 6, 2010

EU maps industry benchmarks for CO2 permit supply

BRUSSELS, Oct 6 (Reuters) – European Union benchmarks for
cutting carbon emissions from manufacturing have now been
drafted, leading to industry complaints the plan will harm
steel, cement and fertiliser producers.

The EU aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions to 20 percent
below 1990 levels over the next decade. Its main tool for doing
that is its Emissions Trading System (ETS), which forces
companies to buy permits called EU Allowances for each tonne of
carbon they emit.

Oct 6, 2010

Exclusive: EU’s Oettinger plans 1 trillion euro energy revamp

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe needs to spend 1 trillion euros ($1.4 trillion) over the next decade on overhauling its energy system to reduce pollution and ensure supply, EU energy chief Guenther Oettinger is expected to warn in the next few weeks.

“The energy challenge is one of the greatest tests Europe has to face. It will take years and decades to put our energy system onto a more sustainable and secure path,” reads an early draft of the EU’s “Energy 2020″ strategy, which the 27-member bloc’s energy commissioner may propose as soon as November.

Oct 4, 2010

EU eyes new motorcycle rules to cut pollution

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission wants European motorbikes to come with advanced braking systems, cleaner engines and daytime headlights from 2013 as part of a phased crackdown on road deaths and pollution.

EU Industry Commissioner Antonio Tajani presented proposals on the new set of standards Monday. They must be debated and approved by EU member countries before becoming law.

Oct 4, 2010

EU eyes new motorcycle rules to cut deaths, pollution

BRUSSELS, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The European Commission wants
European motorbikes to come with advanced braking systems,
cleaner engines and daytime headlights from 2013 as part of a
phased crackdown on road deaths and pollution.

EU Industry Commissioner Antonio Tajani presented proposals
on the new set of standards on Monday. They must be debated and
approved by EU member countries before becoming law.

Oct 4, 2010

EU delays green barrier to Canada oil sands: draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe has yielded to Canadian pressure by delaying possible green trade barriers to Canada’s highly polluting oil sands, but only for one year, a leaked document shows.

Canada has repeatedly warned that draft EU standards to promote greener fuels will harm the market for its oil sands — tar-like oil that is trapped in sediment and forms the world’s second-largest proven crude reserves after Saudi Arabia.

Sep 29, 2010

Green outcry as EU blesses Spanish support of coal

BRUSSELS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Spain gained approval from
Europe’s competition watchdog on Wednesday to support
unprofitable coal mining until 2015, which critics said would
prop up an ailing sector to the detriment of the environment.

The decision coincides with a wave of strikes by Spanish
coal miners demanding unpaid wages.

    • About Pete

      "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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