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.
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.
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.
European Commission launches two consultations on non-ETS sectors in the 2030 climate and energy framework
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:
Environment Council approves the EU's intended nationally determined contribution to the new global climate agreement
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.