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MEPs vote to let aviation off the hook for vague hope of future global action

An agreement to revise how the aviation sector is included in the EU emissions trading scheme was today endorsed by the European Parliament. The Greens hit out at the agreement, which would prolong the exclusion of international aviation from the EU’s emissions trading scheme for 4 extra years. Commenting on […]

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Retrograde freezing of aviation ETS will do nothing to improve chances of global deal

The European Parliament today voted in favour of freezing the implementation of the EU emissions trading scheme for non-intra EU flights (1). The Greens regretted the measure, which will undermine the only means available to address growing aviation emissions, whilst doing little to guarantee better chances of international action. After […]

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Final call for tackling airline emissions, as legal opinion clears way for EU scheme

Final call for tackling airline emissions, as legal opinion clears way for EU scheme This morning, the advocate general of the European Court of Justice gave her opinion that the inclusion of the aviation sector in the EU’s emissions trading scheme is legally sound, clearing the way for the planned […]

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Commission proposal to clamp down on fuel from environment-damaging tar sands welcomed

The European Commission today presented proposals to account for the life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions from oil from tar sands (1), which would effectively rule out imports of this environmentally-damaging fuel source. The Greens welcomed the proposals and called on EU governments to swiftly adopt them, with Green MEP Satu Hassi […]

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Better than expected outcome at Cancun but global climate diplomacy must speed up

The UN climate conference in Cancun (COP16) concluded today with agreements, which will enable the UNFCCC negotiations to continue working towards a binding climate deal in South Africa next year. The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament described the outcome as progress but underlined the need for a speed-up of […]

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EU Commission makes case for stronger emissions reduction target, ball now in Member States court

The European Commission today presented a communication making the case for increasing the EU greenhouse gas target to a 30% reduction by 2020 (1). Commenting on the communication, Green MEP Satu Hassi said: "This communication makes a welcome and timely contribution to the debate on strengthening the EU's emissions reduction […]

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