UPDATED – Merger Case: M.9693 LIBERTY / ALERIS DIVESTMENT BUSINESS

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Press Release: The European Green Deal – Hydrogen is a Priority Area for a Clean and Circular Economy

The European Commission presented the European Green Deal on Wednesday (11 December), outlining the main policy initiatives for reaching net-zero global warming emissions by 2050. Hydrogen will be a key instrument for meeting the Green Deal objectives, as outlined in the paragraphs below.

Press Release: New Report by BBI JU Shows the Contribution of its Projects to the SDGs

A new study by the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) summarises the contribution of its projects to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations (UN). The majority of BBI JU’s projects reported a contribution to the SDG 12 ‘Responsible Consumption & Production’, SDG 13 ‘Climate Action’, and SDG 9 ‘Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure’. A high number of projects also mentioned their contribution to the SDG 8 ‘Decent Work & Economic Growth’, and SDG 3 ‘Good Health & Well-Being’.

Agenda: EP ENVI Committee Meeting (16 December 2019)

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Priority Question for Written Answer: Impact of increased production costs in the cured meat sector

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Press Release: Bulgaria: EIB supports expansion of more environmentally friendly production of lead and zinc under the Investment Plan for Europe

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide a EUR 65m loan to KCM AD, a Bulgarian producer of lead and zinc, to raise its production output by 25%. At the same time, the company’s use of recycled materials will increase significantly, resulting in a more efficient and sustainable production process.

Note: A brief perspective on environmental priorities and opportunities for 2020

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Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Int. Chemicals / Synergies) (17 December 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Plenary – Presentation of the European Green Deal (11 December 2019)

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Press Release: European Aluminium Industry is Ready to Support Green Deal

Brussels, 11 December 2019 – The European aluminium industry is ready to support the European Green Deal announced by the European Commission earlier today. With a bold industrial strategy in place, the industry can cut

Press Release: ‘Climate change’ – reading suggestions

This list contains reading suggestions on a broad spectrum of climate-change-related topics and issues, such as agriculture, biodiversity, circular economy and foreign affairs. It includes the European Environment Agency’s latest report ‘The European environment — state and outlook 2020: knowledge for transition to a sustainable Europe’, which was published on December 4 2019, with a launch event hosted in the Europa Building, Brussels.

Press Release: Sustainable Europe by 2030: Council adopts conclusions

The Council today adopted a set of conclusions on the implementation by the EU of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They are considered essential for ending poverty and ensuring a peaceful, healthy and secure life for current and future generations.

Report: EU Market Outlook For Solar Power / 2019 – 2023

2019 was one of the best years ever for solar in the European Union. The region installed 16.7 GW – a 104% increase over the 8.2 GW added the year before. Further, 2019 also showed the strongest solar growth since 2010, when the EU PV market also increased by 104% during the first European solar boom, although to a lower level, reaching 13.4 GW.

UPDATED – Merger Case: M.9521 BAMESA / SUMITOMO / STEEL CENTRE EUROPE

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Agenda: Working Party on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (16 December 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Basel Convention) (16 December 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Foreign Affairs Council (9 December 2019)

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Comitology Meeting: Coal and Steel Committee (19 December 2019)

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Press Release: State aid: Commission approves €3.2 billion public support by seven Member States for a pan-European research and innovation project in all segments of the battery value chain

The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules an Important Project of Common European interest (“IPCEI”) jointly notified by Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden to support research and innovation in the common European priority area of batteries.

Stakeholder Press Release: Sustainable Future of Paper-Based Products: First European Recyclability Guidelines for Optimal Packaging Design

The use of paper for packaging purposes is growing every year, due to its excellent environmental performance but also to the increasing demand related to e-commerce and delivery services. There is a strong expectation from consumers, brands and retailers to have recyclable packaging material. A packaging recycling rate of 85% is already achieved today and the paper value chain continues to improve.

At a Glance: European Green Deal

The European Green Deal is a programme outlined in the political guidelines of the incoming President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. It aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, while boosting the competitiveness of European industry and ensuring a just transition for the regions and workers affected. Preserving Europe’s natural environment and biodiversity, a ‘farm to fork’ strategy for sustainable food, and a new circular economy action plan are other key elements. Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans will be in charge of leading and coordinating the work on the European Green Deal. A Commission communication on the matter is expected on 11 December, ahead of the next European Council meeting, starting the following day. 

Agenda: Meeting of the EESC Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption (16 December 2019)

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