The European Commission has today published a Staff Working Document titled Closing the Climate Protection Gap – Scoping policy and data gaps .
Today at the EU Green Week , Europe’s biggest environmental event, the winners of the 2021 LIFE Awards were announced by the EU’s LIFE programme . This years’ Awards honoured winners in three different categories from the Slovak Republic (Nature), Spain (Environment), and France (Climate Action). The public also voted for their favourite project in the Citizen’s Award, and the work and dedication of young volunteers were recognised in the LIFE4Youth Award.
The average CO2 emissions of new cars and vans registered in the EU, Iceland, Norway and the United Kingdom in 2019 stayed well below the applicable targets, according to final data published by the European Environment Agency. However, average CO 2 emissions of new passenger cars in 2019 increased for the third consecutive year, while emissions from new vans remained stable. This left manufacturers with the significant challenge of reducing the average emissions of their fleet in 2020 when stricter targets were introduced.
The European Commission today adopted the Commission Implementing Decision determining the uniform cross-sectoral correction factor for the adjustment of free allocations of emission allowances for the period 2021 to 2025.
The European Union and Japan today announce their intention to form a Green Alliance to accelerate the transition of both economies towards becoming climate-neutral, circular and resource-efficient in the coming decades. The agreement was finalised during the EU-Japan Summit, where the two parties agreed to strengthen cooperation on protecting the environment, conserving biodiversity and fighting climate change.
The total number of international credits exchanged since the exchange function became operational in March 2014 amounts to 506.3 million. This is an increase of around 26.8 million credits compared to the number of international credits exchanged published in May 2020.
The European Commission published today the total number of allowances in circulation on the European carbon market. It amounts to 1 578 772 426 allowances. At the same time last year the amount was 1 385 496 166 allowances.
For us, and our success in Glasgow, it is obvious that meeting our commitments on finance is critical. I don’t think we would be able to be credible in Glasgow if we don’t live up to the commitments.
On 7 May, Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans will participate in the 12th Petersberg Climate Dialogue, an informal high-level political meeting of over 30 ministers from around the world focusing on the international climate negotiations and the implementation of climate action.