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InfluenceMap highlights BusinessEurope's strong opposition to the carbon tax in the 1990s and present day efforts to water down the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)

'Way behind the curve': EU climate policy 'obstructed' by trade body BusinessEurope

Trade association BusinessEurope's "strong opposition" to more ambitious European Union (EU) climate legislation represents a "clear detachment" from the position of the European business community, according to a new report from UK research group InfluenceMap.

The Agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, representing at least 55% of global emissions have ratified

EU fast-tracks deal to ratify Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement is close to entering into force, after European Union (EU) Ministers approved to fast-track the ratification process at an Environment Council extraordinary meeting in Brussels today (30 September).

Although sales and the use of electric vehicles are increasing, they still only make up 0.15% of Europe’s car fleet and only 1.2% of total passenger car sales in the EU

Surge in electric cars could strain energy grid, warns EU agency

The large scale roll-out of electric cars on EU roads will help fight climate change but more electricity will have to be generated to power the vehicles which, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned, could have its own impact on global warming.

Wind Europe stress that the EU’s “modest” 2030 target of 27% renewables in total energy consumption must rise to 30% if the continent wishes to remain a wind industry leader

Research predicts European wind rush by 2025

New research has anticipated that more than 140GW of new wind power capacity will be deployed in Europe by 2025 despite deep regulatory reform, in the same week that Wind Europe called on the European Union (EU) to ramp up political commitments to make the continent the best choice for renewables investment.

Sources said that Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania and Bulgaria support Berlin’s idea, while the UK, Italy, Finland and Greece, are open to considering it

Germany wants to scrap EU recycling targets

Germany, the EU's most influential country and its leading recycler, has called for recycling targets in the European Commission's Circular Economy package of green laws to be scrapped.

The initiative, which started this month (September), will run for three years and engage with 33 London boroughs with the help of housebuilders and hospitality and food service businesses

European Commission funds WRAP's £2.7m London-wide food waste reduction plan

WRAP has launched a new London-wide behaviour change initiative that aims to prevent food waste in the capital as well as promoting best practice measures for recycling unavoidable food waste.

One potential method to reduce emissions from shipping is the use of biofuels. The Sustainable Shipping Initiative is already exploring how biofuels could be used as an energy source

European Commission urged to revamp bioenergy and shipping policies

The European Commission has been greeted with across-the-board support from MEPs to include emissions from shipping in the European Union's 2030 emissions reduction target, while non-profits are also calling for improved bioenergy policies.

According to plans currently under consideration, the global market-based system would be fully up and running in 2027 only, six years later than the initial 2021 deadline

MEPs shocked by 'secretive' ICAO plan to cut aviation emissions

A six-year delay, exemptions for poor nations, and a gradual phase-in system for participating countries are all being considered as part of talks to curb aviation pollution at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), MEPs discovered at a hearing in Parliament today (1 September).

In total, the EU reduced final energy consumption by 6.35% between 2000 and 2014, which equates to cutting 72 mtoe from the Union’s energy demand

UK plays leading role as European Union hits energy efficiency target six years early

A 15% reduction in energy consumption in the UK has spearheaded a continental movement which has seen the European Union (EU) surpass a key energy efficiency target six years early, a new report has revealed.

The pledge from the Government to future proof funding streams will ensure the UK can still innovate, even if it loses access to the €80bn Horizon 2020 pot

Treasury to underwrite Horizon 2020 projects beyond EU membership

The UK's innovation agency has vowed to ensure that science and research plays a "central role in a progressive industrial strategy", after Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed that the Treasury will underwrite business and academic funding for approved Horizon 2020 projects.

New legislation includes emission standards for cars, vans and - for the first time in Europe - trucks

Vehicle emissions standard forms 'centrepiece' of EU's low-carbon vision

A new legislative proposal from the European Union (EU) that creates binding targets for Member States to reduce emissions in the transport, buildings, agriculture, waste, land-use and forestry sectors will hinge on the ability to accelerate low-carbon technology and fuels in the automotive industry.

Non-ETS sectors must cut emissions if the EU is to keep the climate commitments it made at the COP21 in Paris

EU Member States offered climate target flexibility in bid to cut emissions

EU member states will be able to bank annual emissions savings from sectors such as agriculture and transport, and use them in later years to meet their climate targets, under EU legislation set to be put forward today (20 July).

The EC has called on Member States to accelerate Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) deployment

European Commission set to establish post-2020 transport efficiency standards

Plans outlined in a leaked draft document from the European Commission (EC) to introduce efficiency standards for new cars, vans and trucks by the mid-2020s has been lauded as a "step in the right direction" by Transport & Environment (T&E).

The study found that the counties whose climate commitments would be most affected by the UK’s departure were Portugal, Slovenia, Malta, Greece, Cyprus, Spain and Italy

Brexit will force EU countries 'to make deeper, costlier carbon cuts'

Brexit will force the European Union's remaining 27 countries to spend billions of Euros on cutting carbon emissions deeper to compensate for the UK leaving, according to experts.

Despite the political willingness, talks could drag on until the very last hour given the technical complexity of the deal

Aviation industry preparing for 'eleventh hour' deal on emission trading

An agreement on curbing emissions from international flights will be reached at the ICAO general assembly this autumn, according to industry sources, while biofuels continue to struggle to emerge as a long-term solution for greening the sector.

Campaigners fear that this could tip the balance in future policy debates and setback efforts to tackle climate change

Leaked TTIP energy proposal could 'sabotage' EU climate policy

The latest draft version of the TTIP agreement could sabotage European efforts to save energy and switch to clean power, according to MEPs.

These initiatives prove that other countries - both in and out of the EU - aren’t completely dependent on the far-reaching arms of the Union

Beyond borders: 10 amazing European sustainability success stories

With the UK nervously awaiting the results of a defining European Union (EU) referendum, edie has rounded up some of the ways other Member States have been rolling out their own ambitious green initiatives to drive the low-carbon transition outside of the collaborative clutches of the EU.

The deputy mayor of Paris said that despite talk of rivalry between his city and London, “Paris is a city that supports Britain’s place in the EU”

UN boss: Brexit would mean rewriting Paris Agreement on climate change

A vote for Brexit in tomorrow's UK referendum on EU membership (23 June) would mean that the COP21 agreement would have to be rewritten, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change said on Wednesday (22 June) in Brussels.

VW has yet to face any legal consequences for its use of defeat devices in Europe, despite ongoing proceedings in the US

European Commission warned of car emissions test cheating, five years before VW scandal

The European commission was warned by its own experts that a car maker was suspected of cheating emissions tests five years before the VW emissions scandal.

Initial discussions over the merger took pace during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris last December

Bloomberg Taskforce and European Commission form new climate change alliance

Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, will be in the driving seat of a new global alliance of cities to tackle climate change, despite the EU having pioneered the idea of coordinating mayors to fight global warming.

The EU, representing around 10% of global emissions, wants to lead the global fight to tackle climate change

"The EU is doing its homework": Commission makes landmark proposal to ratify Paris Agreement

The European Commission has today (10 June) presented its plans for the European Union (EU) to ratify the historic Paris Agreement, calling for a swift process of enshrining the global climate deal into European law.

The leave camp says that, in the event of a Brexit vote, £2bn would be earmarked for conservation spending out of the money it expects to recoup from payments to Brussels

Brexit would free UK from 'spirit-crushing' green directives, says minister

The UK could develop a more flexible approach to environmental protection free of "spirit-crushing" Brussels directives if it votes to leave the EU, the farming minister, George Eustice, has said.

Data obtained by green group Transport & Environment (T&E) revealed that cars and trucks burned almost half of all palm oil used in Europe in 2014

Biodieselgate? British industry leads EU on elimination of palm oil biofuels, says REA

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has revealed that UK importation and consumption of palm oil-based biodiesel for use as a feedstock for vehicles still stands at 'zero' for 2015/16, in light of new data which shows that cars and trucks were responsible for almost half of all of the palm oil used across Europe in 2014.

The Pact of Amsterdam is also proposing measures to introduce the circular economy into European cities – with an aim to increase resource productivity by 30% by 2030

Will the Pact of Amsterdam strengthen the UK's air quality regulations?

With Britain's crucial European Union (EU) referendum just weeks away, a major new EU-wide initiative has been launched to introduce more ambitious measures to improve air quality and implement closed-loop business processes, in an effort to create smarter, greener cities within EU Member States.

The coalition highlights that the EU’s 2030 climate targets those of the Paris climate deal can only be met if fuel economy standards are issued for heavy-goods vehicles

Global brands urge EC President to propose heavy-goods efficiency standards

Global brands such as IKEA, Nestlé and Philips have urged the President of the European Commission (EC) to propose post-2020 CO2 reductions for heavy-goods vehicles in Europe, raising issues over the impact that European transport legislation would have on the UK if the country were to leave the European Union (EU).

The new law limits to 7% the use of harmful biofuels which compete with crops grown on agricultural land

Green transport target will be scrapped post-2020, EU confirms

EU laws requiring member states to use "at least 10%" renewable energy in transport will be scrapped after 2020, the European Commission confirmed, hoping to set aside a protracted controversy surrounding the environmental damage caused by biofuels.

A pilot scheme in Belgium could potentially capture more than 95% of the process CO2 emissions from both industries without significant energy input

'Breakthrough' CCS technology paves way for sustainable construction industry

A technological innovation that will enable Europe's cement and lime industries to significantly reduce their environmental footprint through carbon capture and storage (CCS) has received €12m backing from the European Union.

The study reads, “In general, market-based competitive procedures are more likely to offer efficient tools to address generation adequacy problems than alternatives”

Commission draws fire over support for British fossil fuel subsidies

New European Commission research has highlighted failings in the different state subsidies offered to electricity utilities across the EU, while giving qualified support to the 'market-based' model used in the United Kingdom.

The Two Degrees of Change group will face a major task, as women are still poorly represented in politics and in most major international forums

UN launches campaign to enlist women in boardrooms to take up climate issue

Women working in financial services are opening a new front in the battle against climate change, with the launch of a UN-backed initiative to take global warming concerns into business boardrooms.

As climate change disrupts weather systems, flooding will become more common in coastal cities

EU pushed towards 'climate disclosure' regime for investors

Pressure is building on global regulators and the European Commission to "stress-test" portfolios of large institutional investors against long-term objectives to reduce climate change, in a move that could shift billions in investment away from fossil fuels.

The rules, subject to approval by the Parliament and the Council of Ministers, are a first step to adapting the economy to a future of finite resources and a booming population

EU vows tough enforcement of circular economy package

The circular economy package of waste and recycling laws will be backed by tougher European Commission enforcement than seen under previous administrations, an official yesterday (5 April) told plastic industry delegates.

The road to the Paris climate change conference last December, which set an aspirational goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. Photo: UNclimatechange/Flickr

Climate change off the table at next week's EU summit

European Union leaders are unlikely to discuss how the bloc will build on the Paris agreement to cap global warming at their summit next week, it has emerged.

The Falkirk Wheel, connecting Scotland's Forth and Clyde canals. The Circular Economy Investment Fund will help the nation's manufacturers develop new technologies, business models and infrastructure

Circular economy boon for Scotland with £70m Investment Fund

A new centre of excellence and an innovative new strategy for manufacturing form part of a major new investment aimed at revolutionising Scotland's circular economy.

Diesel is particularly associated with emissions of nitrogen oxide linked to lung disease and premature deaths

European lawmakers back limited reduction in car emissions

European lawmakers on Wednesday (3 February) backed a compromise deal to reduce car emissions that will still allow vehicles to exceed official pollution limits, defying calls for more radical reform following Volkswagen's emissions-test cheating scandal.

One of the main issues that the report flags is that member states have 'radically different' ideas of what an EU energy governance framework should entail

Cross-border energy markets 'vital' for EU renewables target

The European wide 2030 renewables target will not be delivered unless cross-border market mechanisms and continuous monitoring are introduced, a new report from the House of Lords EU Committee has found.

Formula E is seen as a fertile breeding ground for innovation and technology development, as teams are given relative carte blanche to try out new ideas

Jaguar to enter world of electric motorsport

Jaguar has announced that it will contest the next season of Formula E, as the race to develop more efficient and affordable electric cars gears up.

Funding applications have broadened and now apply to higher-risk, yet innovative sustainable business models

European Commission opens up €24bn circular economy funding for businesses

The European Commission has announced modifications to credit access that opens up a €24bn financial funding tool for businesses looking to transition to a circular economy model.

Transitioning it to a more efficient circular economy model could reduce unemployment levels in London by 12.5%

London's circular economy could provide 40,000 job boost

An improved circular economy model in London could create 40,000 new jobs by 2030 as well as lowering unemployment and providing financial incentives, a new report released today (9 December) has found.

The scheme allows charities and foodbanks to publicise their food requirements through an online portal

New redistribution platform launched to tackle food waste crisis

A new social media platform that aims to facilitate food redistribution has been launched in the UK.

The new circular economy package aims to

New circular economy package: The reaction

The European Commission has launched an "ambitious" new circular economy package that it says will boost competitiveness, create jobs and generate sustainable growth. But what does the industry think?

European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans (centre) says the new circular economy package could bring net savings of €600bn a year

EU unveils new €6bn circular economy package

The European Commission has launched its much-anticipated circular economy package, including weakened recycling targets, tools to halve food waste by 2030, and measures to promote reparability in the design phase of products.

A pan-European transition to a circular economy could generate around €1.8trn of benefit for European economies every year

Will the new circular economy package be ambitious enough?

With the European Commission unveiling its long-awaited circular economy package on Wednesday (2 December), UK experts and green groups are keen to find out if it will contain the necessary ambition to drive resource efficiency.

The Bristol Method will cover a range of subjects including energy, resources, transport, food and nature

Bristol becomes beacon of best practice for sustainable cities at COP21

The UK's first and current European Green Capital, Bristol, is encouraging other cities across the continent to 'go green' as it shares an online toolkit at the Cities and Regions Pavilion within the COP21 climate conference.

Landfill will not be banned after all, according to leaked documents

New Circular Economy Package 'less ambitious' than axed predecessor

The European Commission's draft waste and incineration laws to replace the package it axed under its drive for "better regulation", has weaker targets for recycling and landfill than its predecessor.

Most diesel cars emit far more NOx on the road than in official tests

MPs call for diesel cars scrappage scheme to tackle air pollution

The government should consider a scrappage scheme for diesel cars to get polluting vehicles off the streets of England's cities, where they contribute to tens of thousands of premature deaths every year, according to an influential committee of MPs.

MEPs today called for three binding 2030 targets of at least 40% greenhouse gas emissions, at least 30% for renewables, and at least 40% for energy efficiency

MEPs fail to boost EU renewables, efficiency targets before COP21

The European Parliament's energy committee today (10 November) rejected a push by MEPs to increase the EU's 2030 climate and energy targets and to make them legally binding.

Building renovation has struggled to secure EU finance

EU plans scheme to boost energy efficiency investment in buildings

A new European Commission initiative, to be launched next year, will make it easier for smaller energy efficiency projects, such as building renovations, to get EU funding.

The European Commission agrees a circular economy is necessary in a world with finite resources and a booming population

New circular economy package takes shape

The European Commission's new circular economy package will include fresh legislation on waste, fertilisers, and water reuse, "strong commitments" on Eco-design, strategies for handling plastics and chemicals, and "major" funding for innovation.

New cars could still be emitting more than twice the legal emissions limits in 2017, under these latest proposals

Dieselgate: EU eases car emissions limit in spite of VW scandal

European Member States have this week reached a compromised deal on the introduction of "real-world" emissions tests which would essentially allow vehicles to continue emitting more than twice the agreed pollution limits.

The EU's Emissions Trading System is the world's biggest scheme for trading emissions allowances

Battle lines forming as EU holds first debate on ETS reform

France, the UK, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are backing a more targeted approach for heavy industries, at risk of closing down or relocating abroad, due to increased pressure to reduce global warming emissions.

Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete at today's press conference. Photo: European Commission

EU will beat 2020 emissions target but won't raise it without backing at COP21

The European Union is on track to beat its target reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 but any move to increase it from 20% to 30% will only be considered if matched by developed countries at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.

The enquiry will examine the advantages and disadvantages of EU environmental policy in the UK

MPs to scrutinise EU green policies ahead of Brexit referendum

The cross-party Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has announced it will hold a public enquiry to assess the effectiveness of European environmental policy in the UK, ahead of the nation's planned in-out EU referendum.

The Covenant of Mayors 2013 ceremony. Photo: Griet Dekoninck

Cities reluctant to publish climate risk reports

Thousands of cities signing up to the new Covenant of Mayors today (15 October) will submit reports on their vulnerability to climate change to the European Commission every two years - but are under no obligation to make the information public.

The report points out that 88% of the studies on air quality around fracking sites have shown increased levels of on-site air pollutants

Report: EU fracking guidelines fail to protect environment & citizens

Non-binding EU guidelines on shale gas exploration are "weak" and fail to protect the environment and health of citizens, a new report has claimed today (8 October).

Samsung strongly denies that its TVs' 'motion lighting' feature is designed to fool official energy efficiency tests or that it constitutes a defeat device

Samsung TVs appear less energy efficient in real life than in tests

Independent lab tests have found that some Samsung TVs in Europe appear to use less energy during official testing conditions than they do during real-world use, raising questions about whether they are set up to game energy efficiency tests.

Vehicle emissions are currently responsible for 12% of Europe's carbon emissions

UK, France and Germany lobbied for flawed car emissions tests, documents reveal

The UK, France and Germany have been accused of hypocrisy for lobbying behind the scenes to keep outmoded car tests for carbon emissions, but later publicly calling for a European investigation into Volkswagen's rigging of car air pollution tests.

The company admitted the device may have been fitted to 11m of its vehicles worldwide

VW scandal caused nearly 1m tonnes of extra pollution, analysis shows

Volkswagen's rigging of emissions tests for 11m cars means they may be responsible for nearly 1m tonnes of air pollution every year, roughly the same as the UK's combined emissions for all power stations, vehicles, industry and agriculture, a Guardian analysis suggests.

The panel discussion explored how industry and Government have responded to the APSRG and APMG remanufacturing report

UK economy (still) missing out on remanufacturing revolution

The UK continues to lag behind the rest of the world when it comes to developing a remanufacturing industry, with a notable lack of cooperation between Government and industry stifling the transition to a more circular economy.

The EU closed its consultation on what the circular economy package should look like on the 20 August, and is expected to present the plan by the end of 2015

WRAP highlights three priorities for EU circular economy package

The Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP) has revealed its response to the EU's circular economy consultation, detailing three key targets for the forthcoming package.

Is it perfect policy timing for waste?

The United Nations, European Commission and UK Government have all recently announced key policy themes around waste and resources. The question is, will they complement each other?

Top of the list of priorities, according to the Green Alliance, is increasing repairability in the design phase

Green Alliance: Circular economy package must tackle product design flaws

The EU's forthcoming circular economy package must encourage manufacturers to design products to be longer-lasting and more repairable, according to the Green Alliance.

The new Teesside biomass plant will provide 299MW of capacity

Teesside set for world's largest combined heat and power biomass plant

Teesside is to be the site of the world's largest new power and steam biomass plant as part of a new £424m project.

Zero Waste Scotland believes investing in remanufacturing could add £620m to the Scottish economy

Scotland offers £100,000 to remanufacturing innovators

Zero Waste Scotland's chief executive Iain Gulland has today (28 July) announced the launch of a new fund to boost remanufacturing innovation.

Aston University has developed the portable facility which it says will make biofuel production easier for rural businesses. Photo: Aston University

Aston University researchers pioneer portable biofuel facility

Aston University has developed new technology to convert waste and residues, such as babywipes, into biofuel.

Representatives from WRAP, Viridor and the Environmental Industries Commission took part in a Parliamentary seminar on the circular economy

Circular economy package: Policy priorities for the UK

The European Commission's long-awaited circular economy package must take into consideration renewable and decentralised energy, economic growth and voluntary agreements as a means to minimise waste across the continent.

Waste electronics, which includes computers, TVs, fridges and mobile phones, is one of Europe's fastest growing waste streams

WEEE: Tackling the next big business challenge

The recast Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive has now been in place in the UK for 18 months. The UK Government believes that the new system has produced an estimated £18m cost reduction for producers. Here, Scott Butler from the European Recycling Platform (ERP) explains why there is much work still to do.

European MEPs voted to pass a new report backing 30% resource productivity targets

European Parliament backs circular economy resolution

MEPs have passed a European circular economy report calling for a 30% increase in resource productivity by 2030, which could add nearly two million green jobs.

Business leaders have called for MEPs to support a new report on the benefits of a circular economy

Business leaders call on MEPs to support circular economy

Business and environmental leaders have today (3 July) called for MEPs to vote in favour of a report setting out the benefits of a circular economy in Europe.

The UK’s share of energy from renewable sources – which includes heating as well as electricity – was 5.1% for 2013

UK and France 'may miss EU renewable energy target'

Britain, France, Netherlands, Malta and Luxembourg are projected to miss binding goal of getting 20% of energy from renewable sources by 2020

The US already has 13 CCS installations in operation and six under construction, but there are no commercial scale CCS installations operating in the EU

Grantham Institute: Extend green subsidies to carbon capture

The UK and other EU countries should extend green subsidies, such as the Contracts for Difference scheme, to carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, an influential think-tank has claimed.

Member States must set their individual commitments towards the 2030 renewable target by no later than December 2017.

EWEA: Renewables laggards should pay into EU energy fund

EU members who are not contributing their fair share to the EU's 27% renewable energy pledge by 2030 should be forced to pay into a clean-energy fund, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has asserted.

The €1.5m project will also work closely with policy makers to increase demand and address existing barriers to resource efficiency.

EU launches new remanufacturing network

The European Commission has launched a new lobby group that aims to boost remanufacturing throughout the EU.

The EU Circularity Indicators Methodology helps business assess their transition from linear to circular processes

EU unveils ground-breaking circular economy metric

European companies can now measure how well their products and business models perform in the context of a circular economy thanks to a new tool developed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

The Joint Links group is protesting the EU's 'fitness check' of its Birds and Habitats Directives, which could diminish natural capital protections

Campaigners fight 'biggest threat to European biodiversity in a generation'

One hundred voluntary organisations across the UK have united to protest what they are terming the 'single biggest threat to UK and European nature and biodiversity in a generation'.

EU lawmakers ruled that biofuels can compete with food production, contribute to climate change, and put pressure on land use

EU agrees to burst biofuels bubble after 2020

After more than 10 years of debate, the European Parliament has today (28 April) agreed new laws to limit the use of crop-based biofuels across the continent.

Baleària's Martin i Soler passenger ferry has seen a 12% improvement in fuel-efficiency since using AkzoNobel's biocide-free advanced hull coating

AkzoNobel makes waves with carbon credits scheme

Spanish ferry operator Balearia has signed up to AkzoNobel's landmark program which financially incentivises ship owners to reduce carbon emissions by earning carbon credits.

Using crop-based biofuels - such as maize and rapeseed - can have unintended environmental impacts

EU agrees 7% cap on 'harmful' biofuels

The European Parliament's Environment Committee has agreed to cap the amount of crop-based biofuel used in the transport sector at 7%.

Hot air balloons fly over Bristol for the city's International Balloon Fiesta. Photo: Chris Bahn

Businesses 'Go Green' in Bristol's year as European Green Capital

Bristol's year as European Green Capital has recently seen the launch of Go Green, a major initiative to bring about positive change for Bristol's business community. Here, Go Green project co-directors Amy Robinson and Nina Skubala explain how the year will provide a platform for those who want to share their experiences, as well as giving help and support to others trying it for the first time.

Karmenu Vella, the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, speaking at the 2015 European Circular Economy Conference in Brussels

Europe's new circular economy package will be 'country-specific'

The European Commission's 'more ambitious' circular economy package will include country-specific waste-reduction targets and a specific roadmap for the implementation of closed-loop business processes.

The report has been published by the Industry and Parliament Trust Sustainability Commission

Sustainability holds key to capital market reform

The final report from a parliamentary enquiry into sustainable business practice has highlighted the importance of reforming capital markets to ensure investors are driven by a focus on sustainability, thereby ending the short-termism of capital investment.

The new Energy Union Package contains a host of commitments for the EU to become 'the world leader in renewable energy'

Energy Union Package: Key points & industry reaction

The European Commission has released details of its 'Energy Union' vision to reboot Europe's energy policy and proposals for the crucial UN climate change talks in December.

The European Parliament has agreed a new target on 'advanced biofuels'

MEP's slap new limits on biofuels from food

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to limit the amount of food crops used in the production of biofuels, but environmental groups say the new laws don't go far enough.

The EIB and European Commission are joining forces to launch two financial initiatives with a €715m investment

EIB launches initiatives to support European climate and biodiversity challenges

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Commission have joined forces to launch two financial initiatives with a €715m investment to encourage private sector involvement in schemes that reduce energy use and conserve natural capital.

The European bioeconomy is already worth more than €2 trillion annually

New lobby group demands EU support for bioeconomy

A new pan-European bioeconomy lobby group has been launched in Brussels, with a stated goal of helping the bloc become a 'leader in the bioeconomy'.

The SCCS urgently calls for specific policy support and wider political ambition within the European Union

Carbon capture: Report sets out 10-point plan for EU policymakers

A new report has reiterated that North Sea nations have the skills and the storage capacity to deliver a thriving Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) industry, with a 10-point plan which outlines the specific support needed from the EU.

According to EU figures, by 2020 consumers using energy efficient products in their homes could save more than £300 per year

EU agrees new energy measures for household appliances

New energy efficiency measures have been brought in by the European Union (EU) with the aim of helping reduce energy consumption in 2015.

European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans gives a wry smile to onlookers in European Parliament

European Commission scraps Circular Economy Package, 'more ambitious' proposal awaits

The European Commission has today (16 December) confirmed it is scrapping plans to introduce a Circular Economy Package, instead announcing it will launch a 'broader and more ambitious' waste package next year.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will announce the withdrawal of pending proposals which do not have EU political support on 17 December

"Don't scrap Circular Economy Package," green groups urge Brussels

Europe's transition to a circular economy is reportedly under threat with a number of suggestions that the European Commission's Circular Economy Package could be completely abolished.

Eunomia finds that the UK is at risk of having more residual waste treatment plants than it needs

UK heading for waste treatment overcapacity, new report finds

The UK is at risk of having far more incineration capacity than it needs by 2017/18, according to a new report by resource management consultancy Eunomia.

Member states will have two choices of policy: to ensure that the average annual consumption of bags does not exceed 90 per person by 2019 and 40 by 2025, or ensure that they are not handed to customers free of charge by 2018

EU prepared for 'historic' vote on rules to cut plastic bag waste

Representatives from the European Parliament and the EU Council will vote on an agreement to cut the use of thin-gauge plastic carrier bags today (24 November).

FEAD president David Palmer-Jones urges Commissioner Vella to keep circular economy package

FEAD president urges new Environment Commissioner to back circular economy package

The president of European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services, David Palmer-Jones, has written to the new European Commissioner for the environment Karmenu Vella urging him to back the European Commission's circular economy package.

It is hoped that the ruling will force the Government to take action against the levels of air pollution in the UK

European Court verdict forces UK Government action against air pollution

Today (19 November), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled against the UK Government over its failures to comply with EU air pollution legal limits, following a case brought by environmental NGO ClientEarth.

The new TV standards would set more challenging energy use requirements for larger TV screens

Brussels targets super-sized TVs in drive for energy efficiency

The amount of energy that big screen TVs can use will be capped under an EU energy efficiency drive which the European commission expects will cut consumers' energy bills by around €8bn a year.

If the talks do not produce an agreement, the proposal will have to be rethought and may be scrapped completely

EU Ministers block scheme to cut plastic bag waste

A group of European Union (EU) Member States - including the UK, Romania, Greece, Croatia and Poland - is blocking a European Parliament proposal to reduce plastic bag use by 80% by 2019, despite 92% of Europeans agreeing that measures should be taken to reduce single plastic bag use.

Biggest brown coal power plant of Europe in Belchatow coal power station, Poland

Poland rejects IPCC target of zero emissions by 2100

IPCC recommendation to phase out fossil fuels by end of century to avoid dangerous global warming is categorically rejected by Poland and other eastern European countries.

The European Council has set out its stall for action on climate change ahead of the global UN Summit in Paris next year

EU climate package: Industry reaction

In the early hours' of Friday morning, European leaders committed to a 2030 deadline to reduce carbon emissions by at least 40%, and to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy use by at least 27%.

EU climate package: Leaders agree on 40% emissions cut by 2030

The 28 leaders of the European Union have committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, despite deep divisions among some Member States over how to produce energy.

The resource management industry views the circular economy in a positive light

Resource management industry gives thumbs up to circular economy, new report finds

The resource management sector has embraced the circular economy and is positive about the financial and environmental opportunities it offers, according to a new report.

EU heads of state will meet to discuss climate and energy policy framework on the 23-24 October

EU leaders under pressure to deliver 'ambitious energy pledges'

Ahead of the European Council meetings on 23-24 October, 49 companies and business associations, including Philips and Unilever, have sent a letter to EU President Herman Van Rompuy calling for a binding energy savings target of 40% by 2030.

Edie explains: The EU climate talks

The European Council - 28 EU Government leaders - will meet this week (23-24 October) in Brussels to discuss and reach a final agreement on the 2030 climate and energy policy framework.

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