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100 European cities sign up to action on climate change


Today marks a major milestone for the European Commission's Mayors Adapt initiative, with 100 European cities now committed to take action to tackle climate change. EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard welcomed mayors from across Europe at an official signing ceremony pledging their commitment to the initiative. The A-Z of signatory cities runs from Agueda in Portugal to Zwijndrecht in Belgium and also includes Barcelona, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Lisbon, Munich, Naples and Rotterdam.

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Mediterranean Climate Change Expert Group confirms commitment to stepping up common efforts in addressing climate change


The Union for the Mediterranean Climate Change Expert Group (UfMCCEG) met for the first time on 13-14 October in Barcelona in the UfM Secretariat’s premises to kick off cooperation on climate action in the Mediterranean region. Climate experts from the Union for Mediterranean (UfM) member states, the EU and a number of stakeholders agreed on a work plan for 2014 – 2015 as well as on modalities for co-operation.

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Use of powerful fluorinated gases continues to decline in EU, says EEA report


The amount of climate-warming fluorinated gases used by EU industries has fallen for the third successive year, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency.

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Good news on Ozone Day: EU successfully phasing out ozone damaging substances


A report published today by the European Environment Agency reveals that the EU is successfully phasing out harmful ozone-depleting substances, with consumption (import, export and production) at its lowest level on record in 2013.

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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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