Press Release: Aviation emissions: MEPs reach deal with Council

The legislation, informally agreed on Wednesday evening by Parliament and Council negotiators, will prolong the exemption for intercontinental flights until 31 December 2023, when the first phase of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)’s Carbon Reduction and Offsetting Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) scheme will kick in. This will prevent legal gaps, as the exemption was due to expire at the end of this year. MEPs ensured that the European Commission will have to review the legislation with a view to including the CORSIA scheme in the EU Emission Trading System (ETS), so intra-EU and intercontinental flights are covered by a single system.

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Sustainable soil management

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Agenda: Meeting of the Transatlantic Relations Working Party (COTRA) (24 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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Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Union in the relevant Committees of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe as regards the proposals for amendments to UN Regulations Nos 12, 14, 16, 17, 43, 44, 46, 48, 49, 110, 121, 129 and 134, to UN Global Technical Regulations Nos 6 and 15, to the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 and to the General Guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations, and as regards proposals for three new UN Regulations, one new UN Global Technical Regulation and a proposal for a new Mutual Resolution

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Agenda: Aviation Working Party (20 October 2017)

(AM only, starting time: 9H00)

The agenda items include examinations of a Commission Information note on coordination in preparation for the 212th Session of the ICAO Council, of Article 109 and of annexes II-VII on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

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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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Vice-President Katainen’s Speech at the Sustainability and Innovation Conference, Brussels – 12 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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OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council – Effort Sharing Regulation (13 October 2017)

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Press Release: EU to take part in Fiji ministerial dialogue ahead of UN climate talks (COP23)

Ahead of the next UN climate conference (COP23), Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete and Estonian Environment Minister Siim Kiisler will represent the EU and its Member States at a ministerial dialogue known as ‘pre-COP’ in Nadi, Fiji, on 17-18 October. Full article…

At a Glance: Implementing the Paris Agreement – COP23

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Agenda: EP ENVI Committee Meeting (19 October 2017)

Agenda items concern climate change, environment and trade policy.

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European Union priorities for the third meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-3) (Nairobi, 4-6 December 2017)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Environment Council (13 October 2017)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Justice and Home Affairs Council (12 – 13 October 2017)

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Press Release: Council conclusions on the Paris Agreement and preparations for the UNFCCC meetings

The Council adopted conclusions on Paris Agreement and preparations for the UNFCCC meetings (Bonn, 6-17 November 2017).

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Amendments: EP TRAN Committee on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation

Amendments 1-69 are now available.

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Press Release: Council conclusions on the European Union priorities for the third meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly

The Council adopted conclusions on the European Union priorities for the third meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-3) (Nairobi, 4-6 December 2017).

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