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Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans’s lecture “The European Green Deal, a stepping stone toward a sustainable future” at Tsinghua University 27/11/2020

Introduction

Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, it is a real privilege and honour to speak to you all on the invitation of my esteemed colleague Mr. Xie Zhenhua.

Timing of the distribution of free allowances in 2021 27/11/2020

Following inquiries from stakeholders on the timing of the distribution of free allowances in 2021, the Commission would like to clarify the process and envisaged timing.

Updated analysis of the non-CO2 effects of aviation 24/11/2020

The European Commission requested that the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) conduct an updated analysis of the non-CO2 effects of aviation on climate change to fulfil the requirement of the EU Emissions Trading System Directive (Art. 30.4).

Further action required to meet 2020 fuel quality targets despite 3.7% drop in greenhouse gas intensity since 2010 19/11/2020

The Commission today adopted its 2018 Fuel Quality Report based on the data submitted by EU countries. According to the data provided, the average greenhouse gas intensity of fuels in the 28 reporting Member States had fallen by 3.7% compared to the 2010 baseline. The year-on-year progress achieved compared to 2017 was limited to a 0.3% decrease. Progress varied greatly across Member States, but almost all need to take swift action to meet the 2020 target of 6%.

Carbon Market Report: Emissions from EU ETS stationary installations fall by over 9% 18/11/2020

The European Commission has adopted its annual report on the functioning of the European carbon market. The report covers 2019 and certain developments in 2020.

Start of phase 4 of the EU ETS in 2021: adoption of the cap and start of the auctions 17/11/2020

The Commission is finalising the preparations for the period 2021-2030 of the EU ETS (phase 4), starting on 1 January 2021.

LIFE programme: over EUR 280 million in EU funding for environment, nature and climate action projects 16/11/2020

The European Commission has approved an investment package of more than EUR 280 million from the EU budget for over 120 new LIFE programme projects. This EU funding will trigger total investments of nearly EUR 590 million to help meet these projects’ ambitious goals for environment, nature, and climate action. This amount represents a 37% rise compared to last year.

Commission launches four public consultations in an important step towards climate neutrality 13/11/2020

The European Commission today launched four open public consultations on forthcoming revisions to the laws designed to limit the EU’s emissions of greenhouse gases. The open public consultations refer to the revision of:

First Innovation Fund call for large-scale projects: 311 applications for the EUR 1 billion EU funding for clean tech projects 05/11/2020

In response to the first call for large-scale projects of the Innovation Fund, the European Commission received 311 applications for innovative clean tech projects in renewable energy, energy-intensive industries, energy storage, and carbon capture, use and storage.

Commission to launch four public consultations in an important step towards climate neutrality 29/10/2020

The European Commission today announced its plan to launch open public consultations on forthcoming revisions to the laws designed to limit the EU’s emissions of greenhouse gases.