OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Thierry Breton, Commissioner-designate for the Internal Market (14 November 2019)

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Press Release: Changes in soil carbon, biodiversity and ecotoxicity should be considered when assessing environmental impact of dairy products

Considering the impact on soil carbon, biodiversity and ecotoxicity is important when assessing the environmental footprint of dairy products, suggests a new study, which explored the impacts of organic and conventional milk production in three types of system established in Western Europe. The study found that organic milk production had a significantly lower impact on ecotoxicity and biodiversity than conventional milk production, and suggests that including soil carbon changes in the assessment would result in greater reductions in the carbon footprint of organic, rather than conventional, milk — in some cases by up to 18%.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary – Commission statement on “EU steel sector: how to protect European workers and industries?” (13 November 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Presentation by the Commission of the Report on Competition Policy 2018, in particular digital and energy sectors and state aid guidelines for energy (12 November 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP PECH Committee – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on “The Ocean and Cryosphere in a changing climate” (11 November 2019)

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Reports: Low Carbon Energy Observatory

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Report: Evaluation study of the impact of the CAP on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions

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Event: Africa’s Great Green Wall Delivering a transformative land restoration for sustainable rural development (Brussels, 13 November 2019)

Africa’s Great Green Wall is a symbol of hope in the face of one of the biggest challenges of our time – desertification and climate change. Its ambition is to restore 100 million hectares of currently degraded land that will help sequester 250 million tonnes of carbon and create 10 million green jobs in rural areas by 2030.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Presentation of the IPCC Special Reports on Climate Change and Land, and on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (6 November 2019)

A summary of the presentation of the reports is now available. 

UPDATED – Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/… of 31.10.2019 amending Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the Union list of projects of common interest

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Press Release: EU greenhouse gas emissions down 23% since 1990, still implementation will have to be further accelerated to reach current 2030 targets

EU greenhouse gas emissions declined by 2% in 2018 and reached their lowest level since 1990. In 2018, emissions were 23% below the 1990 level, while the GDP had increased by 61%. Implementation will have to be accelerated significantly, the annual EU Climate Action Progress Report adopted today concludes, to reach 2030 targets and for the EU to become climate-neutral by 2050.

Report From the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the functioning of the European carbon market

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Report From the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on Implementation of Directive 2009/31/EC on the Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide

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OPP Meeting Summary: Agriculture and Fisheries Council – World’s forests communication (14 October 2019)

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Event: 1st International Environmental Sustainability Congress (Madrid, 31 October 2019)

The 1st International Environmental Sustainability Congress will take place in Madrid on October 31st, 2019. The congress will address issues concerning public management and private initiatives from enterprises and social organizations with a major impact on citizens’ lives.

OPP Meeting Summary: Environment Council – A Clean Planet for All (4 October 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Hearing of Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner-Designate for Innovation & Youth (30 September 2019)

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Press Release: Working towards more innovative and competitive national energy and climate plans

Member States are required, under the new regulation on the governance of the energy union and climate action (part of the Clean energy for all Europeans package), which entered into force on 24 December 2018, to establish a 10-year national energy and climate plan (NECP) for the period from 2021 to 2030. In July 2019, the Commission published its assessment of these plans.

Report: A guide to the Clean Energy Ministerial

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OPP Meeting Summary: Energy Council – The energy sector beyond 2030: towards climate neutrality (24 September 2019)

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Press Release: EU Agriculture Ministers: Agriculture can help increase soil carbon sequestration

EU agriculture ministers convened for an informal meeting in Helsinki on Tuesday 24 September to discuss soil carbon sequestration as a climate action in agriculture. The discussion focused on supporting carbon sequestration through the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Press Release: Public-private collaboration essential for carbon capture: CEM CCUS Initiative and Oil and Gas Climate Initiative to drive strategic investment

The Clean Energy Ministerial Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Initiative countries and members of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) today reaffirm their intent to catalyse and facilitate the launch of an economically viable, environmentally responsible and safe CCUS industry worldwide.

EEA EFTA Comment on priorities for the Single Market beyond 2019

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP Plenary – Amazon forest fires (17 September 2019)

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