Press Release: Agreement reached on cutting Aviation Emissions

EU lawmakers last night reached a deal that will continue to see international flights exempted from the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme until 2023. ECR MEP Julie Girling was the European Parliament’s lead negotiator and has welcomed the agreement that will still see internal flights within the EU coming under the ETS and contributing more to emissions reductions on an annual basis. Mrs. Girling successfully proposed introducing a time limit for the exemption that will see it lapse on 31st December 2023. With the International Civil Aviation Authority due to introduce a global carbon offsetting scheme for the sector in 2021, the time limit will enable lawmakers to assess whether the global scheme makes an effective contribution to the objectives of the Paris Agreement and amend the provisions of the ETS accordingly.

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Draft Council conclusions on “A renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy”

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Draft Report: EU GPP Criteria for Public Space Maintenance

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Report: High Level Group GEAR 2030 report on automotive competitiveness and sustainability

Today the High Level Group (HLG) GEAR 2030 has issued its report on the competitiveness and sustainable growth of the automotive industry in the EU. The report offers recommendations on how the automotive industry can anticipate and adapt to current trends – thereby turning short to medium-term threats into long-term opportunities. The HLG consists of public and private sector representatives.

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1902 of 18 October 2017 amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 1031/2010 to align the auctioning of allowances with Decision (EU) 2015/1814 of the European Parliament and of the Council and to list an auction platform to be appointed by the United Kingdom

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Report back on the trilogue on Aviation and the ETS (19 October 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Report back on the trilogue on revision of the EU ETS (19 October 2017)

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Press Release: Extending current aviation rules in the EU emissions trading system – provisional deal reached

On 18 October, the Estonian Presidency reached a provisional agreement with European Parliament representatives on a regulation to extend existing provisions covering  aviation activities in the EU emissions trading system (ETS) regulation beyond 2016 and to prepare for the implementation of the global market-basedmeasure as of 2021. The provisional text will be submitted to the EU ambassadors for political endorsement.

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Press Release: EBRD sets new milestone in renewable energy financing

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has set a new landmark in its global climate response: financing well over 1 GW of new renewables capacity in 2017 with an expected reduction in CO2 emissions of 2 million tonnes a year. Full article…

Press Release: H2020 energy project kicks off to turn CO2 into stone

Media over the world covered the launch of the CarbFix2 project, which received €2.2 million from EU’s Horizon 2020 programme to test a ground-breaking technology that allows to extract CO2 from thin air and permanently burry it underground in the form of a carbonate rock. Full article…

Comitology Committee: Written Consultation of the Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on binding annual greenhouse gas emission reductions by Member States from 2021 to 2030 for a resilient Energy Union and to meet commitments under the Paris Agreement and on a mechanism for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and other information relevant to climate change (Effort-Sharing)

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Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Climate Change) (26 October 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council – AOB item on coordination and coherence between the integrated national energy and climate plans for 2030 for the implementation of Paris Agreement (13 October 2017)

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Press Release: Climate finance – EU and member states’ contributions up to €20.2 billion in 2016

Contributions from the EU and its member states to support developing countries in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and coping with the impacts of climate change showed a significant increase in 2016.

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Inception Impact Assessment: Carbon Leakage List 2021-2030

Commission Decision determining, pursuant to Directive 2003/87/EC, a list of sectors and subsectors which are deemed to be exposed to a significant risk of carbon leakage, for the period 2021 to 2030. Full article…

OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council – Inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry into the 2030 climate and energy framework (LULUCF) (13 October 2017)

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Public Procurement for a Circular Economy

Published in October 2017, the brochure on Circular Procurement provides an introduction to the European policy framework and practical guidance to those involved in public procurement decisions. The guidance is complemented by good practice experiences from across Europe demonstrating how circular economy principles are being employed in public procurement.  Full article…

Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (18 & 20 October 2017)

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Outcome of Proceedings: Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on binding annual greenhouse gas emission reductions by Member States from 2021 to 2030 (Effort Sharing)

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Outcome of Proceedings: Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry into the 2030 climate and energy framework (LULUCF)

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