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Jan 22, 2010

EU to stick with lower climate offer to U.N

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will stick with its lowest offer for cutting carbon emissions under a U.N. climate accord, fulfilling the wishes of industry, a draft letter shows.

The 27-nation bloc has committed to unilaterally cut carbon dioxide to 20 percent below 1990 levels over the next decade.

Jan 21, 2010

EU faces years more wrangling over car emissions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s incoming climate chief is determined to crack down on emissions from cars, but any new goals are at least a decade away.

Connie Hedegaard will struggle against political inertia, the complexities of electric vehicles and the power of big auto, making a rigid 2020 target her best possible outcome.

Jan 20, 2010
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Driving carmakers to distraction over emissions

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Europe’s nominee to be climate chief surprised car manufacturers last week by saying she thought EU policymakers might have been too soft on them when carbon-capping rules were set in 2008.

Connie Hedegaard’s forceful intervention during hearings for the European Commission raised the possibility of a renewed push by Europe to legislate car emissions if the Dane is approved by the European Parliament for the post next month.

Jan 18, 2010

Tories could hurt British climate clout: minister

SEVILLE, Spain (Reuters) – Britain might lose its influence in global climate negotiations if the opposition Conservatives win upcoming elections and pull back from Europe, Environment Minister Ed Miliband warned.

Britain’s opposition Conservative party is widely expected to win an election to be held before June. The party’s leaders have pledged to claw back powers from the European Union if they are victorious.

Jan 15, 2010

EU’s Hedegaard urges quick move to deeper CO2 cuts

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s nominee for climate commissioner said on Friday the EU should quickly commit to deepening its emissions cuts, while maintaining leverage on other countries to follow suit.

The 27-nation bloc currently plans to cut carbon emissions to a fifth below 1990 levels over the next decade. But it has promised other countries it will deepen those cuts to 30 percent if they follow suit.

Jan 13, 2010

Europe mulls deeper emissions cuts, deadline looms

BRUSSELS/MADRID (Reuters) – European Union environment ministers will seek a strategy for reviving global climate talks at a meeting in Spain this week, after a U.N. meeting in Copenhagen last month ended in failure.

A U.N. deadline is looming for countries to commit to emissions cuts as part of the U.N. process, and EU diplomats expect the bloc to make the lowest bid in its range of options.

    • 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."
      Hometown:
      Bath, Somerset, UK
      Joined Reuters:
      Oct 2000
      Languages:
      English, French, Spanish
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