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EU diplomatic corps should focus more on climate risks

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • European Union
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  • July 24 2011

A yet to be released EU Commission paper will make a number of recommendations to strengthen the European External Action Service (EEAS), an independent institution that functions as a foreign service for the European Union

EU Commission considers lowering sulfur content in shipping fuels

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • European Union
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  • July 24 2011

On July 15, the European Commission proposed legislation that would bring EU limits on the sulfur content of shipping fuels into line with International Maritime Organization (IMO) standards

EU Commission adopts law to offset carbon targets

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • European Union
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  • July 31 2011

On July 25, the European Commission implemented a law that informs automakers how to use “eco-innovations,” for cars sold in the European Union, in an effort to meet vehicle emissions reduction targets

Rio20 should set RE, EE goals

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • European Union
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  • October 2 2011

The European Parliament adopted a resolution September 29 advising that next year’s Rio20 sustainable development conference results in accountable global targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency

Ozone-related deaths on the rise

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • European Union
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  • October 2 2011

The Climate-TRAP project presented a study at the European Respiratory Society’s Annual Congress in Amsterdam September 27 finding that death rates linked to climate change will increase in several European countries over the next 60 years

EU announces vehicle efficiency measures

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • European Union
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  • October 2 2011

On September 29, the advocacy group Transport and Environment released a report concluding that cars sold in the European Union are becoming more fuel-efficient, cheaper to run, and less polluting, demonstrating the value of 2008 legislation mandating carbon dioxide emissions from the passenger car fleet cannot average more than 130 gkm by 2015

Fluorinated gas controls boost GHG efforts

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • European Union
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  • October 2 2011

The European Commission released a report September 26 finding that stricter controls on fluorinated gases could provide a cost-effective boost to European Union efforts to reduce GHG emissions 80 percent or more by 2050

Free carbon allowances for airlines

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • European Union
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  • October 2 2011

The European Commission finalized a method September 26 to assign free carbon allowances to airlines that must participate in the European Union’s Emissions Trading System beginning in 2012

No EU paper for COP

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • European Union, Global
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  • October 2 2011

The European Commission will decline to publish a position paper setting out its objectives for the year-end Conference of Parties in South Africa

EU biofuel policy clouded

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • European Union
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  • October 9 2011

A scientific committee of the European Environment Agency concluded in a recent report that miscalculations were made when the European Union agreed in 2008 to include biofuels as a key to achieving a goal built around having ten percent of all transportation fuels come from renewable energy by 2020