UPDATED – Agenda: Environment Council (26 June 2019)

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Press Release: Greenhouse gas emission statistics – emission inventories

The trends in emissions of all greenhouse gases are covered in this article: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) and natrium trifluoride (NF3) in all sectors of the inventories, including international aviation, including indirect CO2 emissions and excluding emissions or removals from land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF), in line with the EU international headline target of 20 % reduction of GHG emissions by 2020.

Notice of Meeting: IMO / III 6 – EU coordination meeting (1 July 2019)

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TEG Report on Climate Benchmarks

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Agenda: European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) Meeting (main group) (24 June 2019)

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Proposal on taking appropriate account of the global data collection system for ship fuel oil consumption data

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Press Release: Governments plan to miss EU climate goals – analysis

A new climate ranking shows that EU governments’ plans to cut pollution from transport, Europe’s biggest emitter, will fail to meet their own 2030 emissions targets. Only the top 3, the Netherlands, the UK and Spain, scored above 50% in the ranking of draft national energy and climate plans compiled by Transport & Environment (T&E). Europe’s largest economy, Germany, is 15th, setting itself up to pay billions of euro to other countries for missing the EU’s 2030 emissions goals. All countries need to implement far more effective policies to reduce transport emissions than have been proposed to date.

Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (17 June 2019)

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Environmental Implementation Review (EIR)

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Eerste Kamer (NL) – COM(2019) 22 final

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Press Release: Luxury cruise giant emits 10 times more air pollution than all of Europe’s cars – study

Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest luxury cruise operator, emitted nearly 10 times more sulphur oxide (SOX) around European coasts than did all 260 million European cars in 2017, a new analysis by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment reveals.[1] Royal Caribbean Cruises, the world’s second largest, is second, yet four times worse than the European car fleet. SOX emissions form sulphate (SO4) aerosols that increase human health risks and contribute to acidification in terrestrial and aquatic environments.[2]

Press Release: Small increase in EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions in 2017, with transport emissions up for the fourth consecutive year

Total greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union (EU) increased by 0.7 % in 2017, according to latest official data published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Less coal was used to produce heat and electricity but this was offset by higher industrial and transport emissions, the latter increasing for the fourth consecutive year.

Report: Tracking Clean Energy Progress

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Clean Planet for all: A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy

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Press Release: New initiative to measure outdoor air quality at schools across Europe

Air pollution is a growing concern in Europe and globally. CleanAir@School initiative is putting focus on air quality around Europe’s schools by involving children, parents and teachers in measuring pollutant concentrations. The project is a joint initiative of the European Environment Agency and the European Network of the Heads of Environmental Protection Agencies.

Official Journal (L Series): Council Decision (EU) 2019/851 of 14 May 2019 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union at the International Maritime Organization during the 74th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee and the 101st session of the Maritime Safety Committee, on the adoption of amendments to Annex II to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, amendments to the International Code on the Enhanced Programme of Inspections During Surveys of Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers, 2011, amendments to the International Life-Saving Appliance Code, amendments to Forms C, E and P of the appendix to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, and amendments to the International Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases or Other Low-flashpoint Fuels

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Agenda: Shipping Working Party (A.M. only) (29 May 2019)

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Commission Working Staff Documents for the Council Shipping Working party IMO – to be submitted to the 6th session of the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 6) of the IMO

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Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (22-24 May 2019)

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Informal Meeting of Ministers and State Secretaries for Environment (20-21 May 2019)

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Event: International Sustainable Mobility Forum (Entroncamento, Portugal, 17 May 2019)

This forum aims to promote a meeting of the supply and demand of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell solutions in transport systems in the context of emissions-free mobility. The event will bring together suppliers of technology solutions, industry, transport management entities and fleet owners, urban planners, land managers and decision makers – among others – promoting mutual updating on opportunities and challenges related to the use of hydrogen. Hydrogen ecosystems, such as production, storage, distribution, refueling and end-use, are presented through innovative pilot projects carried out in the context of European projects and strategies.

Agenda: European Economic and Social Committee Plenary Session (15 – 16 May 2019)

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Press Release: Climate protection should not be a footnote

On the 9th May, heads of states and governments of the European Union Member States will meet in Sibiu to discuss the future of the EU. They are due to agree to a 10 point declaration on the future of Europe.

Ska Keller, President of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament and lead candidate of the European Greens for the European elections, comments:

“It is striking that in the draft version of the Sibiu declaration, “climate change” is the very last word at the very end of the document. It seems that the heads of states and governments still haven’t understood the urgency of the situation. Not only are they ignoring the thousands of young people who are on the streets every week demanding climate action, they are putting all of our futures at risk. Climate protection should not be a footnote for the European Union, but it should be in the centre of all European politics. The European Union needs to step up its ambition and lead by example for an ambitious, global climate action plan.”

Agenda: EU coordination meeting prior to IMO / ISWG-GHG 5 / MEPC 74 (London, 7 May 2019)

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Draft Council Conclusion on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union at the International Maritime Organization during the 74th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee and the 101st session of the Maritime Safety Committee

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