UPDATED – Environment Council (19 December 2017)

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Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (11 – 14 December 2017)

The agenda includes items related to energy & climate, environment, digital, trade and transport policy.

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Amendments to the Report: EP TRAN Committee on a European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility

Update: Amendments to the report tabled for Plenary have been published.

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UPDATED – Agenda: Transport Council (5 December 2017)

Update: The main results are available.

The agenda items concern energy, climate & environment, digital, transport, and general policy.

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TERM 2017: mixed progress for Europe’s transport sector in meeting environment, climate goals (EEA)

Europe’s transport sector is making only mixed progress in meeting its environment, health and climate policy targets, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment published today, which tracks the short and long-term environmental performance of this key economic sector across the European Union. Full article…

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee Meeting – Vote on International Ocean Governance (28 November 2017)

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Press Release: EU to support alternative fuel infrastructure in Belgium and the Netherlands

INEA Director Dirk Beckers and the Secretary-General of the Flemish Department of Environment and Spatial Development Peter Cabus launched today the €37 million BENEFIC project that will develop alternative fuel infrastructure in Belgium and the Netherlands. The project will receive nearly €7.6 million from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility programme (CEF) to deploy a network of charging stations for electric cars, natural gas and Hydrogen refuelling stations, as well as onshore power supply points for inland navigation in Flanders, Brussels Capital region and the Netherlands. The infrastructure is expected to be in place by 2020.

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Official Journal (L Series): Decisions of the EEA Joint Committee of 3 June 2016 amending Annexes to the EEA Agreement

Several decisions of the EEA Joint Committee amending Annexes to the EEA Agreement, concerning energy, climate & environment and transport policy.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Vote on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation (23 November 2017)

The result of the vote on the adoption of the draft opinion is available.

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Stakeholder Press Release: European Shipowners welcome the agreement reached on CO2 Emissions Trading System

Intensive negotiations came to an end two weeks ago when the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the European Commission reached a provisional agreement on the reform of the emissions trading system, which today was approved by the Member States. “European shipowners have a strong interest to decarbonise the industry and we think it is the right decision that the EU will leave regulation of shipping’s CO2 emissions to the International Maritime Organization”, commented Martin Dorsman, ECSA’s Secretary General. The IMO has certain agreed milestones in its plan of global climate strategy. In April 2018 the IMO should adopt an initial strategy for comprehensive emissions reductions from ships and in 2023 it should adopt a final strategy.

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Event: The green transition – EU and our regional shift to fossil fuel free transports (Stockholm, 5 December 2017)

Actions taking place in Brussels and in the European Union influence our regional transition to fossil fuel-free transports. How does the EU-level influence our possibilities to meet our regional targets – and how can we influence the EU? During the seminar, we will discuss the implementation of new directives and questions still on the table. How does the EU level influence our regions and how can politicians, public entities and businesses influence EU policies and cooperate with and within different networks connected to the EU? In what way does the EU and other countries policies influence the national and regional transition to a fossil fuel free transportation sector in Sweden?

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Information Note: Climate Change Conference (Bonn, 6-17 November 2017)

The document includes statements delivered on behalf of the European Union and its Member States during COP 23 / CMP 13 / CMA 1.2, SBSTA 47 and SBI 47, SBSTA 47 and agenda item 10 (b) and APA 1.4 in Bonn on 6-17 November 2017.

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Stakeholder Press Release: Bellona COP23 event puts electric shipping in the spotlight: the technology is here, what we need now is regulation

“A quiet revolution is taking place” highlighted Bellona at one of its COP23 side events on electrification of maritime transport in Bonn, Germany, last week. While most discussions centre around zero emission solutions for land transport, Bellona has taken on the next challenge: taking the electric revolution to the seas. ‘The technology is here, what we need is regulation’ was a key message echoed by the speakers.

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/87/EC to enhance cost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments

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EMSA: Celebrating the CleanSeaNet Service – A ten year anniversary publication

CleanSeaNet is the European satellite-based Oil Spill Monitoring and Vessel Detection service. The service analyses images, mainly from SAR but also from optical missions, to detect possible oil spills on the sea surface, and identify potential polluters. The service was launched ten years ago in April 2007 and supports Member States’ actions to combat deliberate or accidental pollution in the marine environment. EMSA developed and operates the CleanSeaNet service. Full article…

Written Answer to a Question: Sinking of tanker in the Saronic Gulf

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UPDATED – Opinion: EP ENVI Committee on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP Joint ENVI – D-US Committee: Exchange of views with H.E. Jerry Brown, Governor of California (8 November 2017)

A summary of the debate is available.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Vote on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (9 November 2017)

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Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council: Two years after Paris – Progress towards meeting the EU’s climate commitments

(required under Article 21 of Regulation (EU) No 525/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2013 on a mechanism for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and for reporting other information at national and Union level relevant to climate change and repealing Decision No 280/2004/EC) (required under Article 21 of Regulation (EU) No 525/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2013 on a mechanism for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and for reporting other information at national and Union level relevant to climate change and repealing Decision No 280/2004/EC)

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Press Release: Sustainable shipping and environment of the Baltic Sea – results by BONUS SHEBA project

BONUS SHEBA has resulted into significant new information related to the recent development of shipping scenarios and impacts of shipping in the Baltic Sea. In collaboration with other BONUS projects looking at other sectors, scenarios are also being developed for shipping within Shared Socio-Economic Pathways for the region. Full article…

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