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Environment committee backs compromise on cleaner biofuels

15 Apr 2015

MEPs and ministers moved a step closer on Tuesday to an agreement on plans to cap the production of traditional biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative sources, such as certain types of waste and residues and new sources such as seaweed, with the environment committee’s vote backing a deal struck by legislators. The plan […]...
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Environment and Energy Ministers focus on energy efficiency and biodiversity

13 Apr 2015

Under the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a three-day informal meeting of Environment and Energy Ministers will take place on 14-16 April 2015 in Riga. The informal meeting of the Environment Ministers will take place on 14 April. The meeting will bring together environment and climate ministers from the EU Member States […]...
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Germany to Court over coal power plant in Moorburg

31 Mar 2015

As part of its infringements package the European Commission is taking Germany to Court over its failure to apply the requirements of the Habitats Directive in relation to the authorisation of a coal power plant in Hamburg/Moorburg. The project in question risks having a negative impact on a number of protected fish species including salmon, […]...
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Slovenia fails to clean up highly flammable waste tyres according the European Commission

31 Mar 2015

The European Commission is taking Slovenia to Court for its failure to comply with the requirements of EU waste legislation. The case concerns an illegal landfill in Lovrenc na Dravskem polju, where more than 40 000 tons of highly flammable waste tyres have been stored since 2006. Large fires broke out at this location in […]...
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Commission takes the United Kingdom to Court over power plant emissions

31 Mar 2015

The European Commission has referred the United Kingdom to Court due to the absence of a reduction in emissions by the Aberthaw coal-fired power station in Wales. Emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) at the power station were found to exceed the permissible limits. Under EU legislation on emissions from large combustion plants, Member States had until […]...
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Watch list published of substances to be monitored in water bodies by Member States

24 Mar 2015

The Commission today published implementing decision on the establishment of a watch list of substances for Union-wide monitoring in water bodies. The monitoring of the substances in the watch list should generate high-quality data on their concentrations in the aquatic environment; something on which data is currently lacking. The establishment of the watch list is provided for in […]...
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