Imports, exports and the overall consumption of chemicals harming the ozone layer decreased in the European Union in 2016, according to latest annual report on ozone-depleting substances, published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). It shows a continuous trend in the phasing out of such chemicals over the last decade. Full article…
“On 17 July, the Council adopted a decision to conclude, on behalf of the EU, the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol that will ensure the protection of the climate from the powerful greenhouse gases hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). With this decision, the EU is ready for formal ratification, and has signalled its continued determination to lead global efforts to tackle climate change.”
Amendments to the Montreal protocol on the protection of the ozone layer and to the Gothenburg protocol on acidification, eutrophication and ground-level ozone received the support of MEPs.
Agenda items on the 21 June include common rules for the internal market in electricity, the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol, Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution, COP23 in Bonn, linking the EU-ETS with Switzerland, and an exchange of views on implementation of the end-of-life vehicles Directive for the periods 2008-2011 and 2011-2014. There will also be a joint meeting with the ITRE Committee on Governance of the Energy Union. On 22 June the Committee will vote on COP 23, the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol, Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution, EU action for sustainability and on whale hunting in Norway. There will also be an exchange of views with the Commission on REFIT on the Fuel Quality Directive and an exchange of views (in camera) with the Court of Auditors, EMA, ECHA, and EFSA on independence and conflict of interest.