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LIFE programme: EU honours inspirational projects supporting nature, environment and climate action 02/06/2021

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.

Average CO2 emissions from new cars increased in 2019 ahead of stricter 2020 targets 01/06/2021

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.

Commission adopts the uniform cross-sectoral correction factor to be applied to free allocation for 2021 to 2025 in EU ETS 31/05/2021

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 EU and Japan commit to a new Green Alliance to work towards climate neutrality 27/05/2021

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.

Updated information on exchange and international credits’ use in the EU ETS 25/05/2021

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.

ETS Market Stability Reserve to reduce auction volume by over 378 million allowances between September 2021 and August 2022 12/05/2021

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.

The EU and India pledge to collaborate more closely on climate action 11/05/2021

On 8 May, leaders from the EU and India met for the virtual EU-India Leaders’ Meeting, which resulted in a sustainable and comprehensive Connectivity Partnership and a strengthened Strategic Partnership between the two partners.

Frans Timmermans’ remarks at the Petersberg Dialogue session on Climate Finance 07/05/2021

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.

Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans attends Petersberg Climate Dialogue 06/05/2021

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.