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Australia moves to outlaw stolen timber from its markets

Australia’s Parliament has today (November 19, 2012) voted in new legislation banning stolen timber from its markets. The new laws were five years in the making and require all importers to carry out mandatory due diligence on timber and timber products sourced from overseas. Penalties for those found guilty of importing illegal logged timber include […]

Blogging from the Montreal Protocol meeting in Geneva

Friday, November 16, 2012 So as another meeting slowly (very slowly) winds to a close here in Geneva, it’s time to look at what happened over the course of the week-and-a-bit we’ve been here. At the Montreal Protocol’s 25th anniversary celebration last Sunday, my colleague Clare Perry gave a great speech on behalf of the […]

New F-Gas Reg proposal a ‘missed opportunity’

Ambitious draft proposals watered down & lacking ambition   LONDON: The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has reacted with disappointment to the publication of the final proposal for the European Union’s Review of the F-Gas Regulation, citing weak measures and a lack of ambition. The proposed revisions, which were released by the European Commission today, govern […]

Chemicals lobby threatens to overwhelm EU Commission

LONDON: European efforts to ban the use of HFCs, a type of super greenhouse gas, are under serious threat as multinational equipment and chemical producers unleash a ferocious counter-lobby aimed at preventing meaningful action and maintaining business as usual. Proposals leaked last month revealed that the European Commission intended to propose banning the use of […]

Picking up the pace of the fight for F-gas reform

  Throughout the year, EIA campaigners have been hard at work attempting to get the most for the climate out of the ongoing review of the European Union’s F-Gas Regulation Fluorinated greenhouse gases, or F-gases, are just about everywhere in contemporary life, from industrial and supermarket refrigeration to foams, air-conditioning systems and water coolers. Among […]

EIA calls for a firm stand against pro-HFC lobby

BRUSSELS: Leaked documents from the European Commission’s review of the EU F-Gas Regulation reveal a much-needed shake-up in the way Europe regulates hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), powerful global warming gases hundreds to thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2). The proposed new HFC regulation will help stimulate Europe’s green economy by banning HFCs in large […]

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