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  • MEPs to consider new EC directive on renewable energy

    Spring brings renewal and this spring in parliament MEPs will be considering a new Commission directive on renewable energy. In March last year EU leaders set a target of 20% of energy from renewable sources like the wind and sea by 2020. Alongside greater energy efficiency and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions it is hoped these steps will mitigate climate change. In the first of our series ...


    By European Parliament

  • EC proposes new directive to cut fuel consumption as well as emissions

    The European Commission today said substantial reductions in fuel consumption, as well as CO2 and pollutant emissions, should be made from road vehicles.  It adopted a new proposal arguing that large cuts could be achieved by public authorities procuring clean and energy efficient vehicles for public transport services and introducing them into their fleet. Citizens living in urban areas will be ...

  • AEBIOM welcomes the EC proposal to revise the energy taxation directive

    AEBIOM welcomes and supports the EC proposal to revise the Directive 2003/96/EC on Energy Taxation. This proposal, presented today by the European Commission, is a first step towards a low carbon economy. AEBIOM considers that the revision of this directive is a first step towards polluter pays principle that provides a good opportunity to increase the CO2 taxation in the future. The minimum ...

  • New Larson Davis HVManager™ Helps Meet EC and ISO Directives & Standards

    November 15, 2006, Provo, UT, USA – Larson Davis has introduced the Human Vibration Meter (HVM) utility software, known as HVManager™, for Vibration Exposure Assessment and Management, designed to provide instantaneous tool assessments to all new standards, including the HSE recommended points system; EU physical agents directive 2002/44/EC; ISO 5349; and ISO 2631. With an easy to use ...

  • Sustainable energy future - EC

    Energy issues are increasingly attracting the attention of all countries, especially the EU and other Mediterranean countries. It was under a cloud over rising oil prices and increasing concerns for future energy supplies that the 5th Euro-Mediterranean Energy Ministerial Conference was held in the southern Cypriot city of Limassol. Present was the European Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, ...

  • EC completes pesticide review programme

    The European Commission made an important step forward in its efforts to ensure improved protection of human health and the environment, as it completed the review of existing pesticides that were on the market before 1993. This programme concerned about 1,000 substances, of which about 250 have passed the harmonised EU safety assessment. All reviewed pesticides have undergone a detailed risk ...

  • EC streamlines rules on protection in case of maritime pollution

    European commissioners this week presented a proposal which further strengthens the existing Community legislation regarding sanctions on those responsible for pollution by ships. Franco Frattini, the Commission's Vice-President responsible for Justice, Freedom and Security said, 'The new directive is an important complement to the Directive on the protection of the environment through ...


    By European Commission

  • EEB welcomes EC industrial emissions proposal

    In the 11th hour before the holiday break at the end of 2007, the Commission published their proposal for a Directive on Industrial Emissions, a recast that would collect the Directives on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC), Large Combustion Plants, Solvents, Waste Incineration and Titanium Dioxide together under one umbrella. The European Environmental Bureau (EEB)1 welcomes the ...

  • EC launches debate on the management of bio-waste

    This week the European Commission presented a discussion paper on the management of bio-waste in the European Union. Bio-waste – biodegradable garden, kitchen and food waste – accounts for around one third of municipal waste and has major potential impacts on the environment. When disposed of in landfill sites, it emits methane – a powerful greenhouse gas which is 23 times more potent than carbon ...

  • EC welcomes adoption of climate and energy package

    The European Commission this week welcomed the formal adoption of the climate and energy package and legislation to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars and transport fuels. The measures, agreed in December, put Europe firmly on the road towards becoming a low-carbon economy and will increase energy security. The package sets legally binding targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 20% below 1990 ...

  • EC calls for better implementation of EU waste law

    The EC has published two implementation reports (20 November) on implementation of the community waste legislation for the period 2004-2006 that highlight the need for significant efforts by Member States to ensure that waste management meets the standards set by EU legislation. It is particularly scathing of the implementation of the Waste Framework Directive, the Landfill Directive and the ...

  • EC could ban creosote as wood preservative

    The European Commission is launching an online consultation to collect evidence about the possible consequences of a phase out of creosote, a widely used wood preservative. Recent studies have identified some risks to human health and to the environment when creosote comes into direct contact with soil or water. Like many other substances, creosote is being evaluated as part of the ten-year ...


    By European Commission

  • BERR concerned over EC WEEE proposals

    The proposals follow the Commission’s review of WEEE and the Restriction on the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment. BERR has released a consultation paper on the EC’s planned changes for WEEE and RoHs saying that they could cause “significant challenges” for British businesses. Under the new updates the Commission is proposing a fundamental change in ...

  • EC takes steps to cut industrial emissions

    The European Commission has adopted new legislation on industrial emissions to strengthen the provisions already in force and reduce industrial emissions throughout the European Union. The proposal will bring significant health and environmental benefits and will create a better level playing field across the EU, reducing competition distortions between companies. It will also simplify current ...

  • EC sends wastewater warning to five Member States

    The European Commission is taking France to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for not complying with EU legislation on urban waste water treatment. Some 60 large towns and cities have been listed as not having waste water treatment up to EU standards. The list includes Arles, Avignon, Bordeaux, and Lyon. The Commission is also sending a first written warning to five Member States for inadequate ...

  • EC to close nature protection case in Venice lagoon

    The European Commission is closing a case against Italy concerning requirements under EU nature protection laws and the construction of moving dams in the Venice lagoon. The dams are intended to reduce the risk of flooding, and so protect the city, but at the same time they have an impact on the ecological values of the lagoon. As a result of measures now proposed by the Italian authorities to ...

  • EC criticises UK Parliament`s biofuels report

    Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, responding to the report of the House of Commons which calls for a moratorium on biofuels, said: 'The Commission strongly disagrees with the conclusion of the Environmental Audit Committee of the British House of Commons report, where it says that the overall environmental effect of existing biofuel policy is negative. On the contrary, it is delivering ...

  • EC closes two nature cases against Poland

    The European Commission is ending legal proceedings against Poland in two nature cases. The first case is being withdrawn following action to protect one of Europe's most important nature sites – the Rospuda river valley. The second is being closed following the completion of Poland's network of Special Protection Areas. Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said: 'I am pleased with the decision ...

  • EC to improve the safety of biocides and to simplify authorisation procedures

    The European Commission has presented draft legislation to achieve a higher level of protection of health and environment. This proposal aims at significantly increasing the safety of biocide products used and placed on the market in the European Union. It proposes to phase out the most hazardous substances, particularly those that may cause cancer, and to introduce new rules for articles such as ...

  • EC Committee Publishes Final Opinion on Nanosilver

    On June 13, 2014, the European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) published its final opinion on “Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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