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  • Parliament decides not to veto car emissions test update

    Parliament decides not to veto car emissions test update

    A move to veto a plan to temporarily raise NOx emission limits for diesel cars was rejected by MEPs on Wednesday, after the EU Commission promised a review clause and tabled a long-term legislative proposal to revamp the EU car approval regime. ...

  • Don’t allow recycling of plastics that contain toxic phthalate DEHP, warn MEPs

    Don’t allow recycling of plastics that contain toxic phthalate DEHP, warn MEPs

    The EU Commission should not authorise the recycling of plastics that contain the banned softener diethylhexyl phthalate (DHEP), to make soft PVC items such as footwear and floor coverings, because it poses a reproductive toxicity threat to exposed ...

  • Parliament is first EU institution to become 100 % carbon neutral

    Parliament is first EU institution to become 100 % carbon neutral

    As of 2016, the European Parliament’s irreducible carbon emissions can be fully offset, making it the first EU institution to become 100% carbon-neutral, Parliament’s Bureau (President, Vice-Presidents and Quaestors), decided some weeks ...

  • Car industry: MEPs debated manipulation of exhaust emission tests with the Commission

    Car industry: MEPs debated manipulation of exhaust emission tests with the Commission

    MEPs debated the unfolding Volkswagen exhaust emissions scandal on Tuesday, on the basis of a parliamentary question. They asked Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska to clarify whether emission test manipulation took place in Europe. Many ...

  • Car emissions: MEPs push for “real-life” test protocol

    Car emissions: MEPs push for “real-life” test protocol

    The environment committee on Wednesday adopted an update of EU car emission rules, setting limits on certain pollutants including NOx. They call for a new, real-life, emissions test procedure to be enforced by 2017. They also want fuel consumption ...

  • MEPs discuss Volkswagen emission `defeat devices` with EU Commission

    MEPs discuss Volkswagen emission `defeat devices` with EU Commission

    During a first debate the state of play on Volkswagen`s emission "defeat devices" with the European Commission in the Environment Committee, many MEPs highlighted the need to speed up the introduction of automotive test procedures that better ...

  • Environment MEPs vote to curb off-road engine pollution

    Environment MEPs vote to curb off-road engine pollution

    Draft rules to cut emissions of major air pollutants from non-road mobile machinery (NRMM), ranging from lawn mowers to bulldozers, tractors and inland waterway vessels, were backed by Environment Committee MEPs on Tuesday. NRMM engines account for ...

  • Air quality: Environment MEPs call for tougher new national caps on pollutants

    Air quality: Environment MEPs call for tougher new national caps on pollutants

    As air pollution is responsible for around 400,000 premature deaths in the EU yearly, Environment MEPs on Wednesday tightened up Commission plans and called for more ambitious national caps on emissions of six main pollutants, such as sulphur ...

  • Circular economy: MEPs call for “systemic change” to address resource scarcity

    Circular economy: MEPs call for “systemic change” to address resource scarcity

    The EU needs to use natural resources more efficiently - a 30% increase in resource productivity by 2030 could boost its GDP by nearly 1% and create an extra 2 million sustainable jobs, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. But to achieve this ...

  • Parliament adopts CO2 market stability reserve

    Parliament adopts CO2 market stability reserve

    A reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), informally agreed with the Latvian Presidency of the Council, was endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. The reform is intended to reduce the surplus of carbon credits available for trading in order ...

  • Circular economy: “systemic change” needed to address resource scarcity

    Circular economy: “systemic change” needed to address resource scarcity

    Binding waste-reduction targets, revamped ecodesign legislation and measures to break the link between growth and the use of natural resources are the chief demands set out in a resolution passed on Wednesday by environment MEPs,who call on the ...

  • Climate change agreement: from Kyoto to Doha and beyond

    Climate change agreement: from Kyoto to Doha and beyond

    December`s climate change conference in Paris aims to come up with an international agreement to help limit global warming after 2020, but it is far from the first one. MEPs are this week voting on a recommendation to ensure that the Doha climate ...

  • Ships’ CO2 Emissions: MEPs approve New Reporting Rules

    Ships’ CO2 Emissions: MEPs approve New Reporting Rules

    Draft EU rules requiring ship owners using EU ports to monitor and report CO2 emissions each year received the support of the House on Tuesday. The new rules, already informally agreed with the Council of Ministers, will apply from 2018 on to ships ...

  • MEPs clamp down on wasteful Use of Plastic Carrier Bags

    MEPs clamp down on wasteful Use of Plastic Carrier Bags

    EU countries will be required to reduce the use of the commonest and most polluting plastic bags drastically under new rules voted by Parliament on Tuesday ""This legislation will create a genuine win-win situation"” said Margrete ...

  • Climate change: the challenge of finding the funds needed

    Climate change: the challenge of finding the funds needed

    Most people would agree that climate change needs to be tackled, but it is less clear where the money needed to do this should come from. MEPs discussed the issue with their national counterparts on Monday 30 March during a hearing on the climate ...

  • EU restricts the use of plastic bags to protect the environment

    EU restricts the use of plastic bags to protect the environment

    Up to 200 plastic bags are thrown away every year by the average European, most of them after having been used only once. The tiny particles these bags are made of can enter water or even the food cycle. To reduce these risks, the EU wants to ...

  • Climate change talks: MEPs chart the course from Lima to Paris

    Climate change talks: MEPs chart the course from Lima to Paris

    Talks to be held in Lima next month should enable global partners to reach an ambitious climate agreement in Paris in 2015, so as to keep the world on track for a sub-2°C climate warming scenario, Parliament said in a resolution voted on ...

  • Climate change talks: MEPs chart the course from Lima to Paris

    Climate change talks: MEPs chart the course from Lima to Paris

    Talks to be held in Lima next month should enable global partners to reach an ambitious climate agreement in Paris in 2015, so as to keep the world on track for a sub-2°C climate warming scenario, said the Environment Committee in a resolution ...

  • MEPs Clamp Down on Wasteful Use of Plastic Carrier Bags

    MEPs Clamp Down on Wasteful Use of Plastic Carrier Bags

    EU countries would have to reduce the use of the most common and most polluting plastic bags by at at least 80% by 2019, under draft rules backed by Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs recommend using taxes and levies, marketing restrictions or bans. ...

  • Aviation emissions: Environment MEPs reject informal deal with EU ministers

    Aviation emissions: Environment MEPs reject informal deal with EU ministers

    Draft plans to exempt intercontinental flights` greenhouse gas emissions from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) until the start of 2017 were rejected by Environment Committee MEPs on Wednesday, even though they had been informally agreed with EU ...