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European Parliament Approves Border Carbon Tax, (Int'l., Ind. Report)
European Parliament
Date: 2021-03-12
The 27-member European Union Parliament (EP) reports it has approved a proposal Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism -- a tax om imports from countries that do not impose a national carbon price. The tax is slated to come into force in 2023, with the precise details expected be announced in June, this year.

The EU's tax is intended to prevent "carbon leakage" -- carbon emissions that go offshore in response to carbon pricing -- rather than actually being cut. The EU tax will be imposed on carbon intensive imports and will be equivalent to what EU-based industry must pay under the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).(Source: EU, European Parliment, Mar. 2020) Contact: EU, www.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Parliament,  Border Carbon Tax,  EU ETS,  


EP Votes to Retain Free CO2 Quotas for Industry (Int'l.)
EU
Date: 2021-03-10
Yesterday in Brussels, the European Parliament (EP) rejected proposals to phase out free CO2 pollution credits for industries covered by the EU's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), even as the bloc plans to gradually replace the scheme with a border carbon tax to shield EU industries from "environmental dumping."

The European Commission (EC) is expected to unveil its proposal for a carbon border tax in June as part of a package of climate laws aimed at cutting the EU's CO2 emissions by 55 pct by 2030. (Source: European Commissions, euractive, 10 Mar., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU Carbon Tax,  Border Carbon Tax,  EUETS,  Carbon Credits,  


EU Leaders Agree on Green Recovery Funds, Emission Cuts (Int'l.)
European Green Deal
Date: 2020-12-14
Last week in Brussels, the European Council (EC) approved the 27-member European Union's €1.82 trillion, seven-year funding package and gave the green light for a €750 "NextGenerationEU" mechanism to finance the European Green Deal which the EC described as its "growth strategy." The EC also called for a cut in emissions by 55 pct within the next decade.

The EC's approvals must now pass the European Parliament's muster. (Source: European Commission, PR, Various Media, 12 Dec., 2020) Contact: European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Pres., ec.europa.eu; European Green Deal, www. ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission ,  European Green Deal,  


Clean Arctic Alliance Warns Against Arctic Heating (Notable Quote)
Clean Arctic Alliance
Date: 2020-11-04
"As we all know, what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic -- and the (climate) changes rapidly impacting the Arctic will have repercussions for all of us.

The Clean Arctic Alliance is calling on world leaders to take urgent action to curb Arctic heating, by accelerating national and regional policies and practices that will fulfill the goals of the Paris Agreement, especially that of limiting the increase in temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius -- requiring an at least 60 pct reduction in climate emissions by 2030, something to which the European Parliament has already agreed upon." -- John Maggs, Senior Policy Advisor at Seas at Risk -- a Clean Arctic Alliance member, and president of the Clean Shipping Coalition , Clean Arctic Alliance. Contact: Clean Arctic Alliance, www.hfofreearctic.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Arctic Alliance,  


EU Releases 2030 Climate Target Plan (Int'l. Report)
European Union,EC
Date: 2020-10-26
In 2019, the EU endorsed a new target of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. However, it is predicted that current policies will only reduce emissions by 60 pct (as against 1990 levels) by 2050.

To begin to address the challenge ahead, the European Commission (EC) published the 2019 Communication on the European Green Deal (EGD), a growth strategy to reset the EC's commitment to tackling climate change. The EGD outlined an all-sector approach to reducing emissions and decoupling economic growth from resource use. The EC committed to presenting an impact assessed plan to increase the existing target for 2030 of reducing emissions by 40 pct to at least 50 pct to 55 pct against 1990 levels.

Based on this impact assessment, the EC published a Communication on Stepping up 2030 Europe's Climate Ambition (Climate Target Plan) in September 2020 proposing to increase the 2030 target to at least 55 pct emissions reduction by 2030. Under the Climate Target Plan renewable energy would meet 38 pct to 40 pct of gross final consumption in 2030, and energy consumption would further reduce in 2030, achieving savings of 36--37 pct (final energy consumption -- total energy consumed by end users) and 39--41 pct (primary energy consumption -- total energy used to meet final energy needs).

Previously this month, the European Parliament (EP) voted to up the 2030 target to 60 pct , and urged the EC to explore options for setting 2040 targets and negative post-2050 targets. The EP also sought a greater role in setting the indicative trajectory for achieving the target, an EU carbon budget, and a more explicit focus on emissions in the maritime and aviation transport sectors.

Access the Climate Target Plan HERE. (Source: EU, EC, mondaq, 25 October, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


EU Calls for Stiffened GHG Emissions Reduction Target (Int'l. Report)
EU,European Commission
Date: 2020-10-05
On Monday, the European Union (EU) Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Executive VP Frans Timmermans presented the EC plan to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

Timmermans noted that although GHG emissions are not currently falling fast enough he underlined that becoming carbon neutral is both feasible and beneficial for the EU. He called for the European Parliament (EP) to confirm the proposed 55 pct 2030-target as the EU's new Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Climate Agreement, and to submit this to the UNFCCC by the end of this year. The EP is expected to vote next week on the EU Climate Law, which calls for 60 pct emission reductions in 2030. Timmermans also noted the EC would come up with proposals by June 2021 to revise key EU legislation such as the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and strengthening CO2 standards for road vehicles to enable the EU to reach a more ambitious target.

As previously reported this past March, the EC proposed climate legislation requiring the EU to become climate-neutral by 2050 as part of the European Green Deal. This follows the December 2019 EC decision to endorse the 2050 climate-neutrality objective. On 17 September, the Commission amended its proposal to incorporate a new 2030 emissions reduction target. (Source: European Commissions, PR, EU News Room, Oct., 2020) Contact: EU, www.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  European Commissions,  EU ETS,  Climate Change,  


Parliamentarians Seek Maritime Emission Controls (Int'l. Report)
Eueopean Union, IMO
Date: 2020-09-18
In Brussels, the European Parliament reports it has voted for the inclusion of CO2 emissions from maritime shipping in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and will begin negotiations with the 27-member trading bloc states on concrete legislation. Maritime transport is the only sector in which the EU has no specific obligations to reduce CO2 emissions.

The European Commission (EC) proposed that reporting obligations by the EU and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) should be aligned. While MEBs agree, they noted that the IMO has made insufficient progress in reaching a global agreement on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Parliamentarians have therefore asked the Commission to examine the environmental integrity of the measures decided by the IMO as well as the targets set under the Paris Agreement.

Although the Parliament demands that ships of 5000 gross registered tons or more should be included in the ETS, many parliamentarians still feel that this is not enough and are calling for shipping companies to reduce their annual average CO2 emissions per transport service for all their ships by at least 40 pct by 2030. (Source: EP, elecdrive, 17 Sept., 2020)Contact: International Maritime Organization (IMO), Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  EUETS,  


EU ETS Expected to Revamp Emission Reduction Goals (Int'l. Report)
EU ETS
Date: 2020-09-14
In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) is expected to propose the EU raise its Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) target to cut emissions from 1990 levels from the present target of a 40 pct cut by 2030 to "at least 55 pct" by 2030 in order to meet the 27 member trading bloc's goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

The new target requires individual EU member nation approval as well European Parliament approval. The commission is expected to propose legislation containing the ETS reforms by June 2021. (Source: European Commission, Arab News, 13 Sept., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Carbon Emissions,  


Bioenergy Europe Joins EU Green Recovery Alliance (Int'l. Report)
Bioenergy Europe
Date: 2020-04-17
In Brussels, Bioenergy Europe has joined forces with 180 stakeholders and energy industry decision makers to form a European alliance for a Green Recovery.

The Green Recovery Alliance was launched in the European Parliament on April 14, 2020, based on calls from 12 EU environment ministers. They had signed the appeal for a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic which is causing unforeseen consequences to people's health and the economy. The Alliance for a Green Recovery calls for the mobilisation of post-crisis green investment packages and other concrete measures including job protection and creation and support for companies, regions and sectors that have suffered from the pandemic.

According to Bioenergy Europe, the "With 10.3 pct of contribution to the energy mix and more than 700,000 jobs, the bioenergy sector is already a strong socio-economic reality and is committed to contributing to the post-crisis investment decisions needed to reboot and re-boost our economy." (Source: Bioenergy Europe, PR, News Europe, Trade Media, 16 April, 2020) Contact: Bioenergy Europe Jean-Marc Jossart, Sec. Gen., www.bioenergyeurope.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  Bioenergy,  Green Energy Europe,  


Creating a Low Carbon World, the Case for a Carbon Border Adjustment -- Steel Maker's Manifesto (Report Attached)
ArcelorMittal
Date: 2020-03-13
Further to our 13 Dec., 20190 coverage, Belgium-based steel maker ArcelorMittal is calling for member states and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to support the introduction of a carbon border adjustment (CBA) as part of the European Commission's €1 trillion Green Deal aimed at making the 28-member trading bloc carbon neutral by 2050.

In a manifesto -- Creating a Low Carbon World, the Case for a Carbon Border Adjustment -- ArcelorMittal notes CBA should be one of the first Green Deal measures adopted by the new European Commission, as it will help to create the market conditions and protections needed for companies to make investments and transition to carbon neutrality without disruption.

Download ArcelorMittal's Climate Action in Europe manifesto HERE. (Source: ArcelorMittal, Mar., 2020) Contact: ArcelorMittal, Alan Knight, Corporate Responsibility GM, +32 9 347 31 11, www.corporate.arcelormittal.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ArcelorMittal,  Carbon Emissions,  


U.N. Sec Gen. Wants EU Emissions Target Raised (Int'l Report)
European Union
Date: 2019-06-19
Reuters is reporting U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the European Union to aim for a 55 pct cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 -- in excess of the 28 member trading bloc's present 40 pct reduction target. The Secretary General also asked EU leaders to phase out burning coal and approval of new coal-fired power plants beyond 2020.

The European Parliament and the EU's climate chief Miguel Arias Canete have called for the bloc to aim for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, saying legislation passed since the Paris Climate Agreement puts the EU on track to surpass its current emissions reduction target.

Poland and other EU member states that rely on coal for power production , along with Germany and its its powerful automotive sector, balk at deeper emission cuts. (Source: Various Media, Reuters, CNBC, June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  EU,  


EU Parliamentarians Back New Vehicle CO2 Emissions Limits (Int'l)
EU
Date: 2019-03-29
Meeting in Brussels, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and Eurepean Union (EU) ministers are reporting agreement on a 37 pct higher target to reduce EU fleet-wide emissions for new cars by 2030, compared to the European Commission's (EC) proposed 30 pct target. The legislation also sets a 31 pct CO2 reduction target for new vans by 2030.

The new legislation demands that the full life-cycle of emissions from cars should be assessed at EU level. The Commission will also have to consider a common methodology for the assessment and consistent data reporting, by no later than 2023. If appropriate, legislation should follow.

Transport is the only sector in the EU that did not record any significant decline in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since 1990. Figures from the European Environment Agency show that of all means of transport in the EU, road transport generates the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions -pct of the EU's total GHG emissions. (Source: European Parliament News, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: EP News, +32 2 28 40922, envi-press@europarl.europa.eu, www.europarl.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU Parliament,  Vehicle Emissions,  Transportation Emissions,  


EU Agrees on Heavy Truck Emissions Standards (Int'l, Reg & leg)
EU
Date: 2019-02-20
The EU's 28 member states have reportedly reached a provisional agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions from trucks by 30 pct by 2030 compared to 2019 levels. If formally approved, the rules would be the first-ever standards governing truck pollution in the bloc.

With this agreement, overall truck emissions will now have to be slashed by 30 pct by the end of the next decade, with a 15 pct benchmark as a stepping stone in 2025. Manufacturers failing to meet the goals will be fined an "emissions premium" penalty.

The 2030 target will now be a binding goal but a review will be made in 2022, where Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and clean mobility advocates will hope for more ambitious reductions. (Source: DW, EURACTIV, Others, 19 Feb., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  


EC Strategy for a Climate Neutral Europe by 2050 (Report Attched)
European Union, European Commission
Date: 2018-11-30
The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) sets the goal to contain the rise in average global temperatures to well below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C.

To prepare for this transformation, the European Parliament and the European Council invited the European Commission (EC) to submit a long-term strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for the European Union, in accordance with COP15.

The EC strategy confirms Europe's commitment to lead in global climate action through a socially-fair transition and provides a first indication of the direction of travel to frame what the EU could consider as its long-term contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement temperature objectives.

Presenting this vision will allow for a thorough debate involving European decision-makers, stakeholders and citizens at large to consider how the EU can make a fair contribution to meeting the long-term temperature goals of the Paris Agreement and how this transformation can be achieved.

Download the EU Climate Change Fact Sheet HERE. (Source: EU, Nov., 2018) Contact: EU, www.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  COP15,  Climate Change,  


EP Votes to Cut Vehicle CO2 Emissions 40 pct (Int'l Report)
European Commission
Date: 2018-10-08
Meeting in Brussels, the European Parliament (EP) reports it has voted to cut new vehicle carbon emissions by 40 pct from 2021 levels by 2030. Even so, a substantial number of parliamentarians were proposing a much higher, 70 pct reduction by 2030.

The EP will now need to work with ministers from all European member states, as well as the European Commission, to see its target passed into legislation. According to Deutsche Welle, the parliament decided on this tough target as the transport sector was the only one in the EU which continues to increase its greenhouse gas emissions, according to the publication Deutsche Welle.

In 2017, the European Commission (EC) proposed cutting new vehicle emissions by 30 pct by 2030. (Source: EP, Car Advice, Oct., 2018) Contact: European Parliament, Baptiste Chatain. +32 228 40992, baptiste.chatain@europarl.europa.eu, eurooparl.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Parliament,  Vehicle Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


EU Finalizes 2030 Renewable Energy, Climate Targets (Int'l)
EU
Date: 2018-06-25
After 18 months of negotiations, the European Union last week finalized new climate targets increasing the present 17 pct share of renewable energy to 32 pct, and setting an energy efficiency target of 32.5 pct by 2030.

Germany reportedly blocked a previous effort to set an even higher renewables target of 35 pct called for by the European Parliament and member states including Spain and Italy, saying it is unrealistic. The country, which still relies on coal to generate much of its electricity, announced last week that it would not meet its 2020 emissions target due to economic and population growth.

In addition to the newly agreed targets, the EU set a wider goal of bringing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 pct below levels in 1990. Member state governments will now devise their own plans to meet these goals, in line with the Paris Agreement.

Green Group MEPs and environmental campaigners, however, said the new targets are not sufficient to meet goals set by the Paris Agreement, particularly limiting warming to below 2 degrees Celsius. The final deal allows the EU to revisit climate goals in 2023 and increase the agreed targets if so desired. (Source: EU, European Scientist, 23 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU,  Renewable Energy Targets,  Climate Change,  Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  


EU Palm Oil Biofuel Ban Stalled Until 2030 (Ind. Report)
EU, Palm Oil
Date: 2018-06-25
A recent meeting between the European Parliament, Commission, and European Council has suspended the implementation of a policy that would have banned the use of crude palm oil as a basic material for biofuel in 2020 and instead set a target of 2030 for the complete ban of palm oil.

The EU's new policy will start reducing crude palm oil imports gradually in 2023 before the complete banning effective in 2030. Until then, the percentage of palm oil in EU biofuel will be kept at 2019 levels.

Indonesia and Malaysia, which account for 85 pct of the world's palm oil supply, reportedly expressed relief in response to the EU decision while the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) said that although the EU decision was "very welcome" the upcoming ban would cause it to aggressively seek new markets.

Under current EU law, palm oil must come from certified sustainable plantations. Even so, environmentalists note that palm oil diesel still produces three times the carbon emissions of fossil diesel. Environmental organizations and green activists accuse the palm oil industry of causing massive deforestation and rainforest destruction, thus hastening climate change. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Council, Citizen Truth, 24 June, 2018)Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Council, www.mpoc.org.my

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  


EU Affirms Palm Oil, Palm Oil Biofuels Import Position (Int'l)
EU Renewable Energy Directive
Date: 2018-06-18
In a written statement issued in Jakarta on Saturday, EU Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Guerend stressed that based on the outcome of a June 14 meeting between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Union Council on the revision to the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), the EU remains the most open market for Indonesian palm oil.

The EU June 14 meeting agreed on a revised EU Renewable Energy Directive including a gradual reduction of certain biofuels calculated to meet ambitious renewable energy use target of 32 pct by 2030. According to the ambassador, there is no specific or explicit reference to palm oil in the RED II Text and no prohibition or restriction on palm oil imports or palm oil based biofuels. The relevant provisions in RED II are only aimed at regulating the extent to which certain biofuels can be calculated by EU member states to achieve their sustainable energy targets. (Source: EU, Neutral English, Various Media, 17 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU Renewable Energy Directive,  EU,  Palm Oil,  Palm Oil Biofuel,  Palm Oil Biodiesel ,  


Dutch PM Wants EU to Increase CO2 Emissions Cuts (Int'l)
EU,Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-06-15
Europe needs to reduce its carbon emissions by more than currently planned to limit global warming as agreed under the Paris climate agreement, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told the European Parliament on Wednesday.

Rutte told a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the European Union's aim to reduce carbon emissions, which scientists hold responsible for global warming, by at least 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030, "is not enough" and proposed a 55 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Studies have shown that reducing carbon emissions has become less costly as the price of generating electricity from renewable energy has come down over the past years. Still, climate policy remains a contentious issue in the European Union which often pits countries looking for tougher reduction targets against newer member states in the East which rely more on coal-powered plants for energy. (Source: Cyprus Mail Online, 13 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Emissions Targets,  Climate Change,  

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