The European Commission’s proposed ban on single-use plastics, announced on May 28, is an archetypal European environmental initiative: it is a bold measure to improve our planet, and it responds to rising public concerns about an alarming pollution problem. It comes a fortnight after the Commission’s third Mobility Package, setting targets for heavy-duty vehicle emissions, and just days after two big political environmental events: the annual EU Green Week, and the Clean Energy Ministerial in Copenhagen and Malmö.
The meeting was held to announce the results of the preliminary carbon leakage calculations for the next phase of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to stakeholders and to explain the methodology for the first-level quantitative assessment, elements of the carbon leakage indicator and sector eligibilities for the second-level assessments.
Update: revised minutes of the meeting are available.
Digitisation and its impact on jobs and skills, as well as measures to develop the European data economy are on the agenda. The meeting of the EEA Council will also be preceded by an informal political dialogue with the EEA EFTA States. The meeting will be chaired by Mr Sven Mikser, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Estonia. Discussions will focus on the implications for the EEA Agreement of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and the Eastern Partnership.
For the second year in a row, carbon market experts from around the globe gathered yesterday for a workshop in Florence, Italy, to exchange experiences from emissions trading systems put in place by different countries and regions and enhance collaboration.