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Public consultation on the establishment of the EU Innovation Fund 15/01/2018

Innovative low-carbon technologies are vital for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring a healthy environment for the next generations. However, promising technologies often fail to reach the market due to a lack of resources to demonstrate their capabilities on a large scale.

Commission publishes status update for New Entrants' Reserve 15/01/2018

The European Commission today published a status update on the allocation of allowances from the New Entrants' Reserve 2013 – 2020

Temporary suspension of the Union Registry for software upgrade on 22nd of January 11/01/2018

From Monday 22nd of January 2018 08:00 CET until 18:00 CET access to the Union Registry will be suspended to undertake a software upgrade.

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Update on safeguard measures for EU Emissions Trading System in 2018 following adoption of UK law 08/01/2018

Following the endorsement by the Climate Change Committee of the amendment to the EU ETS Registry Regulation to implement safeguard measures to protect the environmental integrity of the EU ETS when Union law ceases to apply in the United Kingdom due to its withdrawal from the European Union, the United Kingdom informed the Committee of the adoption of a law on 27 December 2017 by which the compliance deadline for 2018 emissions has been advanced to 15 March 2019, i.e. before the date of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU and in accordance with the amendment to the EU ETS Registry Regulation.

Commission welcomes ambitious agreement on key legislation to cut down greenhouse gas emissions 21/12/2017

The European Parliament and the Council today reached a provisional agreement on the effort sharing regulation - a major Commission proposal for implementing the EU's 2030 climate target. It reduces emissions in transport, buildings, waste and agriculture in line with the EU's climate target for 2030.

EU welcomes launch of China's carbon market 19/12/2017

China today officially launched its national emissions trading scheme. It will initially focus on the power generation sector and will be extended over time to cover seven other sectors, such as cement, iron and steel, and aluminium. The launch follows the roll-out of seven pilot emissions trading schemes in major cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai, as well as the provinces of Guangdong and Hubei since 2013.

LIFE programme enhances environmental and climate benefits and provides value for money 19/12/2017

The mid-term evaluation of the LIFE programme for environment and climate action has concluded that the programme is effective, efficient, relevant and complementary to other EU programmes and policies and provides significant EU added value. EU Member States have also approved the Commission's implementation plan for the next three years of the programme.

Commission welcomes agreement on key legislation to tackle climate change 14/12/2017

The European Parliament and Council today reached a provisional agreement on a key legislative proposal for implementing the EU's 2030 climate objectives – on accounting of emissions from land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF). They form part of the EU's policy to drive Europe's transition to a modern and clean economy.

EU External Investment Plan: climate-smart investments worth €9bn unveiled at 'One Planet Summit' 12/12/2017

As part of the EU External Investment Plan (EIP), which is set to mobilise at least €44 billion of sustainable investment for Africa and the EU Neighbourhood countries by 2020,  Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete has today announced at the 'One Planet Summit' in Paris climate-relevant investments in three targeted areas - sustainable cities, sustainable energy and connectivity and sustainable agriculture, rural entrepreneurs and agribusiness. These targeted areas are expected to generate up to €9bn investments by 2020.

EU phasedown going strong – lowest use of HFCs since 2007 07/12/2017

EU consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in 2016 was the lowest in terms of their global warming effect since reporting began in 2007, shows a new report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) today.