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New cars’ CO2 emissions well below Europe’s 2015 target

16/04/2015

New cars sold in 2014 emit on average 2.6 % less CO2 than those sold in 2013 and almost 7 grammes of CO2/km below the 2015 target, according to provisional data published by the European Environment Agency.

 
Verbio advanced biogas plant

Second NER 300 low-carbon project kicks off

15/04/2015

The second low-carbon project co-funded through the European Commission's NER 300 programme was inaugurated today in Brandenburg, Germany. The Verbiostraw project is a first-of-a-kind plant turning agricultural residue into biogas.

 
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EU and Iceland sign agreement for joint fulfilment of second phase of Kyoto Protocol

01/04/2015

The European Union, its Member States and Iceland have signed the agreement necessary for the joint fulfilment of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

 
2030 climate and energy framework

European Commission launches two consultations on non-ETS sectors in the 2030 climate and energy framework

25/03/2015

The European Commission is launching two parallel consultations on the development of 2030 climate and energy policies in the sectors not covered by the EU Emissions Trading System:

 
A global deal for climate

Environment Council approves the EU's intended nationally determined contribution to the new global climate agreement

06/03/2015

The Environment Council today approved the EU's intended nationally determined contribution to achieve an at least 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels by 2030.

 
A global deal for climate

EU sets out vision for Paris agreement alongside Energy Union strategy

25/02/2015

The European Commission has set out the EU's vision for the new global climate change agreement due to be adopted in Paris in December. The Communication, "The Paris Protocol - a blueprint for tackling global climate change beyond 2020”, is part of the EU’s Energy Union package unveiled by the Commission today. As well as securing Europe's energy supply, ensuring affordable and competitive energy and an integrated energy system, the strategy also aims to tackle climate change through the transition to a low-carbon, climate-friendly economy.

 
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New financial instruments for environment, energy efficiency and climate action projects

16/02/2015

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank are launching two new financial instruments to drive investment in energy efficiency, efforts to preserve natural capital, and adaptation to climate change. The instruments will unlock public and private investments by combining EIB funding with financing under the EU LIFE Programme for Environment and Climate Action.

 
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EU seeks progress on text of 2015 climate agreement at Geneva talks

06/02/2015

United Nations talks to advance work on a new global climate agreement due to be finalised in Paris this December resume on 8 February in Geneva, Switzerland.

The European Union will be working to ensure that the week-long meeting of the so-called Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) delivers a streamlined text as a basis for further negotiation at the Bonn session in June. The EU expects countries to keep to the agreed timetable and come forward with ambitious proposed emissions reductions targets, known as intended nationally determined contributions, or INDCs, by the end of the first quarter of 2015. The European Union is finalising its contribution for submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change by the end of March.

 
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New funding under the Natural Capital Financing Facility

19/12/2014

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank are launching a new financing instrument for projects promoting the preservation of natural capital, including adaptation to climate change.

 
Commission welcomes political agreement on monitoring, reporting and verification of maritime emissions

Commission welcomes political agreement on monitoring, reporting and verification of maritime emissions

17/12/2014

The European Commission welcomes the political agreement on the monitoring, reporting and verification of maritime emissions reached by the Council following the positive vote in the European Parliament's Environment Committee.