Members of the European Parliament demand clear and ambitious targets for cleaner cars, according to the Environment Committee (ENVI) which has just voted on the European Commission’s proposal for European CO2 regulation for cars and light commercial vehicles. A majority of the committee agreed to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 percent by 2025 and by 45 percent by 2030. The European Commission had proposed 30 percent by 2030.
EU action to protect human health from air pollution has not delivered its expected impact, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Every year, air pollution causes about 400,000 premature deaths in the EU and hundreds of billions of euros in health-related external costs. However, these significant human and economic costs have not yet been reflected in adequate action across the Union, warn the auditors. They add that particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ground level ozone are the air pollutants responsible for most of the early deaths and that people in urban areas are particularly exposed.
Joint answer given by Mr Arias Cañete on behalf of the European Commission to questions (Rule 130) by Philippe Loiseau (ENF) and Rolandas Paksas (EFDD) concerning the import of 300 000 tonnes of palm oil and the use of palm oil and its by-products in the biofuel industry.
On 5 September, the Energy Community Secretariat initiated an ex officio dispute settlement procedure against Moldova for the lack of transposition and implementation of legislation related to the emissions of large combustion plants. In its Opening Letter, the Secretariat takes the view that the lack of national environmental legislation in Moldova to curb emissions into the air is a breach of obligations under the Energy Community Treaty.
As of 1 September 2018 new energy intensive and inefficient halogen lightbulbs will no longer be sold across the European Union. As a result of these rules, European consumers will be able save on their household bills resulting on significant EU-wide energy savings – equivalent to the electricity consumption of Portugal over 5 years.