European Union and Environment
Transport to remain big polluter under new EU planReuters | 28 Mar 2011
Europe's transport chief called for a shift away from fossil fuels on Monday to cut greenhouse gas emissions and protect the economy from oil price spikes, but critics said his strategy lacked meaningful action.
EU to subject nuclear reactors to "stress tests"Reuters | 25 Mar 2011
European leaders agreed on Friday to set the "highest standards" of nuclear safety, in part by subjecting reactors to "stress tests," to guard against crises like that at Japan's stricken Fukushima plant.
EU climate chief sees green fuel debate in monthsReuters | 25 Mar 2011
European Union governments may begin talks in the coming months on a proposal to promote greener fuels, potentially black-listing fuels whose production is more polluting, according to Europe's climate chief.
EU emissions trading: the cap that does not fitGuardian Unlimited | 17 Mar 2011
Markets that trade carbon pollution permits are meant to cut emissions. So why did the carbon dioxide vented in 2010 under Europe's scheme go up? An update on the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme and just how loose the cap on emissions is now, following the economic crash ...The latest analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows that last year, carbon emissions from the energy, steel, concrete and manufacturing facilities in the ETS rose by an estimated 1.8%.
Hedegaard: High targets will boost EU economyGuardian Unlimited | 14 Feb 2011
EU climate commissioner says there is 'debate' - but no row – over raising the carbon targets to a 30% cut by 2020. Europe's climate chief insisted on Monday that tougher greenhouse gas targets would improve the EU's economic performance, rather than push businesses overseas, as companies and green...
Europe sets fuel-efficiency target for vansReuters | 20 Dec 2010
Europe set itself new fuel-efficiency targets for vans on Monday, aiming to cut fuel bills for small businesses and curb emissions of gases blamed for climate change.
EU gets draft deal to curb gas-guzzling vansReuters | 15 Dec 2010
The European Union struck a provisional deal on Wednesday to improve the fuel efficiency of vans and curb emissions blamed for climate change. But the deal was not formally approved by EU member states, most notably Europe's top van maker Germany, and will be put to the vote again by ministers in Brussels on Monday. EU negotiators agreed to cut van emissions by around 14 percent to an average of 175 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer by 2017.
EU exec proposes ban on animal cloning for foodReuters | 19 Oct 2010
The European Union announced plans on Tuesday to temporarily ban the use of animal cloning for food production, while allowing imports of food derived from the offspring of clones from the United States and elsewhere.
Cash from EU green plan 'to fund dirty coal plants'The Independent | 27 Apr 2010
European countries will be able to use money from a key EU scheme for reducing climate-changing carbon emissions to build new coal-fired power stations, documents leaked to The Independent suggest.
EU to lend 2 billion euros for climate workReuters | 21 Apr 2010
The European Union's executive has recommended making an extra 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion) of loans available to help other countries combat climate change.
EU wants to speed up zero-emission coal technologyEurActiv | 13 Oct 2006
Stakeholders in the coal industry and the EU Commission on 10 October agreed on the need to speed up the development and commercial exploitation of clean coal technology "as soon as possible".
EU must reject Mandelson's trade visionFriends of the Earth- England, Wales and N.Ireland. | 05 Oct 2006
Peter Mandelson's proposals will propel some of the most powerful corporations in the world into direct competition with subsistence farmers and infant industries in the South.
EU clamps down on GM riceFriends of the Earth- England, Wales and N.Ireland. | 29 Aug 2006
Friends of the Earth has welcomed today's announcement by the European Commission that all consignments of US long grain rice must be tested to ensure that they do not contain an unauthorised genetically modified rice strain.
EU acts on GM rice scareGreen Consumer Guide | 25 Aug 2006
The European Commission has announced that it will implement measures to prevent GM contaminated rice from the US entering Europes food chain, in a move that has been praised by environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth.