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Commission publishes information on CO2 emissions from maritime transport 01/07/2019

On 30 June 2019, the European Commission published for the first time information on the CO2 emitted by ships over 5000 gross tonnage when performing maritime transport activities related to the European Economic Area (EEA).

Bonn climate conference prepares way forward to COP25 28/06/2019

The Bonn climate conference, the first technical meeting since the adoption of the Katowice rulebook, concluded yesterday after two weeks of negotiations. The session focused on the remaining rules and procedures for the effective functioning of the Paris Agreement, in particular for international carbon markets.

Commissioner Arias Cañete co-convenes third Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA) in Brussels 27/06/2019

On 28 June, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete, the Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna and China’s Special Representative on Climate Change Xie Zhenhua are convening a major international climate meeting in Brussels.

Average CO2 emissions from new light-duty vehicles registered in Europe increased in 2018, requiring significant future emission reductions to meet upcoming 2020 and 2021 targets 21/06/2019

The average CO2 emissions of new light-duty vehicles registered in the EU and Iceland in 2018 stayed well below the applicable targets, according to provisional data published by the European Environment Agency. However, average CO2 emissions of both new passenger cars and new vans were higher in 2018 than in 2017. Manufacturers will have to significantly reduce emissions of their fleet to meet the upcoming 2020 and 2021 targets.

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Updated information on exchange and international credit use in the EU ETS 19/06/2019

The total number of international credits exchanged now amounts to 452.2 million since the exchange function became operational in March 2014. This is an increase of around 15.9 million credits compared to the number of international credits exchanged that was published in November 2018.

Energy Union: Commission calls on Member States to step up ambition in plans to implement Paris agreement 18/06/2019

The Commission has today published its assessment of Member States’ draft plans to implement the EU’s Energy Union objectives, and in particular the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate targets. The Commission’s assessment finds that the national plans already represent significant efforts but points to several areas where there is room for improvement, notably as concerns targeted and individualised policies to ensure the delivery of the 2030 targets and to stay on the path towards climate neutrality in the longer term. The European Union is the first major economy to put in place a legally binding framework to deliver on its pledges under the Paris Agreement and this is the first time that Member States have prepared draft integrated national energy and climate plans (NECPs). Yet, with plans currently falling short both in terms of renewables and energy efficiency contributions, reaching the EU's overall climate and energy goals will require a collective step up of ambition.

European Commission today announces recommendations for EU Member States’ forestry plans 18/06/2019

In order to estimate how much European forests contribute to our EU 2030 climate targets by removing CO2 from the atmosphere, the LULUCF Regulation required Member States to submit National Forestry Accounting Plans.

Parties to the Paris Agreement meet in Bonn to move forward on implementation 17/06/2019

The European Union looks forward to participating in the UN climate conference from 17 - 27 June in Bonn, Germany, in preparation for COP25 in Santiago de Chile in December. The Bonn meetings take place six months after COP24, which saw the adoption of the Katowice “Rulebook” that will guide the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

LULUCF: Expert group completes an assessment of national forestry accounting plans 04/06/2019

One year on from the adoption of the EU Regulation on land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF), experts convened by the European Commission have completed an assessment of Member States’ national forestry accounting plans to evaluate their compliance with the main principles and requirements set out in the Regulation.

Emissions trading: emissions have decreased by 3.9% in 2018 04/06/2019

Emissions of greenhouse gases from all operators covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) have decreased by 3.9%[1] overall in 2018, as a result of 4.1% decrease of emissions from stationary installations and 3.9% increase of emissions from aviation.