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EU timber law scorecard highlights failures to act

More than a year after it came into law, the European Commission (EC) has published a scorecard accessing the progress of the 28 member states in implementing the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR). After many years of lobbying and discussion, the landmark EUTR came into legal effect on March 3, 2013. A key weapon in […]

Euro marine litter target lacks ambition to tackle tide of trash

The European Commission has issued a headline target of a 30 per cent reduction in marine litter in Europe’s seas by 2020. This target forms a part of the Commission’s ‘Communication on a Circular Economy’, which also includes new recycling and other waste-related targets. Although a step in the right direction, EIA is concerned that […]

Europe Green Week and ways to counter marine debris

Today marks the start of Green Week in Europe – the biggest annual conference on European environment policy. EIA welcomes the focus this year on creating a circular economy, where almost nothing is wasted and reuse of resources becomes standard practice. Putting a price on plastic and ending consumption of single-use products is essential to […]

EU’s F-gas Regulation is law – now for a global deal!

The European Union’s F-gas Regulation became law this week when it was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, replacing an older, ineffective version with several new and ambitious measures. The new law, which controls the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases throughout the EU, will reduce emissions of F-gases by two-thirds of current […]

Partial EU ban on F-gases is a significant win for the climate

European Parliament ratifies partial ban on F-gases in significant win for the climate   STRASBOURG: The European Parliament has today adopted a compromise agreement struck in December to phase-down the use of a group of super greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), or fluorinated gases (F-gases). F-gases have global warming potentials hundreds to thousands of […]

Partial ban ‘beginning of end’ for climate-changing F-gases

EU partial ban ‘beginning of the end’ for climate-changing F-gases LONDON: The European Union today struck a tentative deal to partially ban the use of a group of super greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in refrigeration and air-conditioning. The review of the EU F-Gas Regulation will cap the amount of HFCs which can […]

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