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Commission closes three cases of infringement of the CCS Directive


The European Commission has closed infringement procedures against Cyprus, Hungary and Ireland. In November 2013, the Commission asked these Member States to comply with the Directive on the geological storage of CO2 (CCS Directive). These three Member States have now notified the European Commission that they have taken measures to incorporate the CCS Directive into national law.

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Commission awards €1billion to kick-start 19 clean energy projects


The European Commission today awarded €1 billion funding to 19 projects to fight climate change under the second call of the so-called NER 300 funding programme. The projects will be funded with revenues from the sale of emission allowances under the EU Emissions Trading System.

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EU and Iceland conclude negotiations on joint fulfilment of second phase of Kyoto Protocol


The Commission (acting on behalf of the European Union and its Member States) and Iceland today completed the negotiations necessary for the joint fulfilment of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. This step was reached in a meeting at senior official level.

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€44 million available under first call for climate action projects

€44 million available under first call for climate action projects


The European Commission today launched the first call for proposals under a new funding programme for projects dedicated to climate action. The LIFE Climate Action sub-programme will provide €44.26 million in 2014 to develop and implement innovative ways to respond to the climate change challenge across Europe.

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Commission team wins Ozone Protection Award, deploys better licencing system for ozone depleting substances


The European Commission's ozone layer protection team has won the Ozone Protection Award of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Regional Ozone Network for Europe and Central Asia (ECA Network) for its strong commitment to fighting illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

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Commission asks companies to apply for 2015 HFC quotas by 1 July


The European Commission has today published a formal notice in the Official Journal for companies wishing to market hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the EU in 2015. Companies need to  register and submit their applications for 2015 HFC quotas by 1 July 2014.

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Commission sets out strategy to curb CO2 emissions from trucks, buses and coaches


Trucks, buses and coaches would use less fuel and emit lower amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) under a strategy adopted by the European Commission today. Such heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) are responsible for around a quarter of CO2 emissions from road transport in the EU. Without action, HDV emissions in 2030-2050 are projected to remain close to current, unsustainable levels.

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Public consultation on CCS Directive launched today


A public consultation on the Directive on carbon capture and storage (CCS) is launched today to help the European Commission prepare a review of the legislation. The online consultation will run until 16 July.

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EU ETS emissions estimated down at least 3% in 2013


Emissions of greenhouse gases from installations participating in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) are estimated to have decreased by at least 3% last year, according to the information recorded in the Union Registry.

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Commission starts written consultation on post-2020 carbon leakage provisions


The European Commission today launches a public consultation on possible post-2020 carbon leakage provisions under the EU emissions trading system.

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