eu emissions regulation News

  • Council adopts regulation amending EU emissions trading scheme

    The Council today adopted1 a regulation amending the EU Emissions trading scheme directive (2003/87/EC), in view of the implementation by 2020 of an international agreement applying a single global market-based measure to international aviation emissions (PE-CO S 18/14). Today's final adoption of the legislation by the Council follows an agreement reached at first reading with the European ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • EU emissions trading system delivers valuable lessons

    The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has released a new report examining the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) that offers a realistic assessment of the system’s initial objectives and outcomes. The report, "The European Union’s Emissions Trading System in Perspective," by A. Denny Ellerman and Paul L. Joskow of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EU governments dismantle emissions trading for international aviation

    EU member states yesterday succumbed to pressure from third countries and the aviation industry and decided to shrink the aviation emissions trading system (ETS) to only cover flights between EU airports until 2016. This decision leaves long-haul flights totally unregulated and sends the signal internationally that EU sovereignty can be curtailed through outside pressure.> This deal would ...

  • A first step: The IMO`s regulation of shipping emission

    Last month’s decision at the IMO to adopt an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships was a significant first step to address GHG emission from international shipping but it cannot be seen as a solution on its own. Only new ships are affected, so the measure will take over 30 years to have full effect and the imple¬mentation waiver means it will be nearly 2020 before all new ...

  • POPs have decreased significantly thanks to regulation, EU study reveals

    Quantities of dioxins and furans (PCDD/F), and hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH), in air and water decreased significantly between 1990 and 2000, according to a recent study evaluating the effectiveness of regulations governing the release of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).  Modelling future scenarios suggest further decreases in these and other POPs through 2020. POPs are toxic substances that ...

  • EU Adopts World’s First Test for Diesel Car Emissions ‘On the Road’

    EU regulators have today agreed new test procedures that will, for the first time, measure the ‘real world’ emissions of diesel cars under the Euro 6 air quality standard. It will require vehicles to be tested on roads rather than in laboratories, overcoming obsolete tests and ‘cycle beating’ techniques used by carmakers to achieve results in tests many times lower than ...

  • Non-EU airlines in spotlight after Saudi carrier breaches emissions rules

    From Transport & Environment and Aviation Environment Federation: Saudi Arabian Airlines has paid a €1.4 million fine levied by a Belgian regional government for not complying with the EU’s aviation emissions trading system (ETS), prompting calls for all member states to disclose non-European airlines in breach of the rules. Countries are required to do so under a 2008 EU law. In ...

  • Emissions trading: public consultation on future EU ETS auctioning rules launched

    A public consultation on rules to govern the future auctioning of emission allowances under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has been launched by consultants working for the European Commission. The consultation forms part of the Commission's preparation of a Regulation on auctioning of allowances with respect to the third and later trading periods. In accordance with the revision of the ...

  • UK welcomes aviation`s inclusion in EU emissions trading scheme

    The decision to include aviation in the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme has been welcomed by UK Environment Secretary Hilary Benn. Mr Benn said that last week’s groundbreaking agreement, which saw all 27 EU countries support the proposal, is a major step forward for the fight against climate change. Under the new agreement, emissions from aviation will be capped at 2004-06 levels so ...


  • ‘EU should work with US on aircraft emissions after EPA ruling’

    The US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has announced today that emissions from aircraft endanger human health, after being forced to issue a ruling due to a lawsuit filed by a number of US environmental groups. The EPA already found that greenhouse gases (GHGs) from cars and power plants were harmful to public health because of their climate impact. Due to the provisions in US law (the Clean ...

  • MEPs fly in the face of bullying on EU aviation emissions trading

    Members of the European Parliament’s environment committee today courageously voted against a bad deal on aviation emissions trading foisted on them by political leaders in the UK, France and Germany. The bad deal, reached during trilogue negotiations, would have scaled back the Commission’s proposal to regulate all aviation emissions in EU airspace, in favour of only covering flights ...

  • Governments and NGOs fight EU case for airline emissions trading

    The lawsuit brought by three American airlines against aviation’s introduction into the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme has come to court, with a preliminary judgement expected on 6 October. The EU’s institutions – backed up by five member states, Norway and the coalition of environmental NGOs led by T&E – defended the EU’s position in a ...

  • EU-oversight of car testing will stop cheaters and deliver emissions reductions on the road

    Transport & Environment (T&E) warmly welcomes the announcement by Commission President Juncker that the European Commission will introduce an effective oversight of the EU system for testing cars. Transport & Environment (T&E) warmly welcomes the announcement by Commission President Juncker that the European Commission will introduce an effective oversight of the EU system for ...

  • EU Emissions trading scheme threatens to trap Europe in a high carbon future

    The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the flagship policy covering half of the EU's carbon emissions, could turn intended restrictions on pollution into a trap that commits Europe to increasing carbon emissions for much of the next decade, unless changes are swiftly introduced, warns campaign group Sandbag. Sandbag's analysis shows that the ETS is on course to require savings of, at best, a ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • New EU report will call for 90% capture of CO2 emissions by 2015

    You may have heard about 'Carbon Capture and Storage' - it's a way of keeping CO2 from entering the atmosphere and contributing to global warming. Last year a proposed Europe-wide directive was proposed, which would regulate the emerging practice. British Liberal Chris Davies is preparing a report calling for it to be mandatory. He wants all new coal burning power stations to be required to ...


    By European Parliament

  • Ban on EU mercury exports

    The European Commission last month proposed legislation to ban all European Union exports of mercury from 2011. The ban forms a key part of the EU's strategy for reducing global exposure to mercury, which is highly toxic to both humans and the environment. The export ban will significantly reduce global supply and thereby also emissions of the heavy metal into the environment. The proposed ...

  • Complying with emissions regulations: calculating the acid plume from ships’ desulphurisation equipment

    Marine diesel contains sulphur compounds, which generate sulphur oxide (SOx) pollution and acid rain. Ships can use mitigating technologies to reduce their SOx emissions, but these can also have a negative environmental impact. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) introduced stringent legislation to control these, aspects of which are incorporated into EU policy. This study examined the ...

  • Questions and answers on EU Mercury Policy

    What is mercury? Mercury is familiar to many as a silver-coloured liquid which expands and contracts in a thermometer to show the temperature. It is also known as “quicksilver” or "hydrargyrum" (i.e. liquid silver) and is represented by the symbol Hg. Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at ambient room temperature. It is a chemical element and therefore indestructible. ...

  • Research and Markets: EU Environmental Law - The EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Gives Valuable Insights in the Why´s, How´s, Trade-Offs and Critical Design Choices of the EU ETS

    Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/n38d93/eu_environmental) has announced the addition of the "EU Environmental Law - The EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme" book to their offering. EU ENERGY ...


    By Research and Markets

  • EU declares an end to inefficient bulbs

    The European Commission has adopted two ecodesign regulations to improve the energy efficiency of household lamps and of office, street and industrial lighting products. The two regulations lay down energy efficiency requirements which will save close to 80 TWh by 2020 (roughly the electricity consumption of Belgium, or of 23 million European households, or the equivalent of the yearly output of ...

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