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Post-2020 reform of the EU Emissions Trading System [EU Legislation in Progress]

In July 2015, the European Commission proposed a reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) for the period 2021-2030, following the guidance set by the October 2014 European Council. Continue reading

National emission ceilings for air pollutants [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Didier Bourguignon, Despite improvements in recent decades, air pollution in Europe remains a concern. To address this, in 2013 the European Commission proposed to update and expand the National Emission Ceilings Directive. First-reading negotiations with the Council of the European Union delivered a compromise, which now awaits a vote in the European Parliament’s … Continue reading

Cheating of vehicle emissions

Written by Maria Juul, Since September 2015, when the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claimed that Volkswagen had installed illegal software in some of its diesel cars, to modify emissions of certain air pollutants, vehicle emissions have been high on the agenda. The European Parliament Research Service (EPRS) has followed the case closely and … Continue reading

World Maritime Day 2015

Written by Marketa Pape The shipping sector currently employs more than 1.5 million seafarers worldwide, and is expected to grow by as much as 70% by 2030. Demand for qualified workers is increasing and manpower shortages predicted throughout all maritime industries. To draw attention to important maritime issues, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates an annual … Continue reading

EU Emissions Trading System: cost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment

Written by Samuele Dossi This note provides an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal which was adopted on 15 July 2015 and has been referred to the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is … Continue reading

Cutting sulphur emissions from ships

Written by Marketa Pape To improve human health and protect the environment, the EU focuses on different aspects of air pollution from maritime transport. Tighter rules on sulphur emissions from ships came into effect on 1 January 2015. Under these rules, all ships operating in northern EU waters must comply with strict new sulphur emissions … Continue reading

UN climate talks in Lima – more than hot air?

Written by Gregor Erbach The 20th UN climate change conference, which starts today (1 December) in Lima, will focus on preparing a new global climate agreement, applicable to all countries. It is to be adopted a year later at the following conference in Paris. Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, represents the … Continue reading

Reform of the EU carbon market : From backloading to the market stability reserve

Written by Gregor Erbach The EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) aims to achieve cost-efficient reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through a market for trading emission allowances. The amount of available allowances is fixed in advance, in line with the EU’s GHG reduction targets. Recent developments include a decision about the allocation of free allowances to heavy industries, in … Continue reading

Reducing CO2 emissions from new cars

Parliament and Council reached a first reading agreement on CO2 emission targets for new passenger cars in November 2013. The agreed text specifies modalities for reaching a CO2 emissions target of 95 g/km by the end of 2020. It allows for flexibility in the use of so called super-credits, which encourage production of cars with … Continue reading

Urban mobility

European cities and their populations are facing everyday problems related to transport and mobility: congestion, air and noise pollution, inefficient public transport services, accidents… The European Union is aware of the issues and has proposed initiatives to tackle it from different aspects since the mid 90’s. But the organization of urban mobility is primarily a … Continue reading

Inland waterways in the EU

At more than 37 000 kilometres, the European Union (EU) has one of the longest networks of inland waterways in the world, spanning 20 Member States and connecting hundreds of cities and industrial sites. Inland waterways are important for transporting goods from major seaports to their hinterland. Considered a quiet and energy-efficient means of transport, it … Continue reading

Sound level of motor vehicles

6 language versions available in PDF format Geräuschpegel von Kraftfahrzeugen Nivel sonoro de los vehículos de motor Niveau sonore des véhicules à moteur Livello sonoro dei veicoli a motore Poziom dźwięku pojazdów silnikowych Sound level of motor vehicles Traffic noise has impacts on citizens’ health and well-being. The European Commission therefore proposed a Regulation which … Continue reading

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