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EU releases environmental plan

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • European Union
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  • December 18 2011

On December 15, the European Commission released an action plan setting seven energy and environment areas in which the Commission plans to introduce measures in 2012, including regulation, research, standard setting, and demonstration projects

EU meets nuclear assessment deadline

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • European Union
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  • September 25 2011

The European Commission said September 16 that the 14 countries in the European Union that have nuclear power capacity all met a September 15 deadline to provide an interim report on the readiness of their nuclear plants to withstand a crisis such as the Fukushima facility faced

Airline challenge decision

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • European Union
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  • September 8 2011

Attorneys said August 31 that the Court of Justice of the European Union will issue an opinion by late this year on a challenge to the inclusion of U.S. airlines in the European Union’s Emissions Trading System

Oil sands GHG intensity rating

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

The European Commission triggered a potential dispute with Canada October 4 by proposing that EU legislation consider fuel derived from oil sands to be 22.3 percent more GHG intensive than fuel from conventional crude oil

EU transport fuel ratings deferred

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • Canada, European Union
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  • April 29 2012

The European Commission announced April 20 that the European Union will defer until 2013 a decision on a proposal (EU Fuel Quality Directive 200930EC) to assign pollution ratings to different transportation fuels, including those derived from Canadian oil sands

EU ETS updated

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • European Union
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  • September 25 2011

The European Commission published a technical regulation September 21 to amend guidelines on the monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions by participants in the Emissions Trading System

Energy plans by Danish EU leaders

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • European Union
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  • January 29 2012

Danish climate and energy minister announced January 24 that the nation will use its European Union council presidency to advocate for a low-carbon road map and revise energy efficiency legislation

WTO dispute talks seat

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • Canada, European Union, Japan, USA
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  • September 8 2011

The United States requested August 29 to become an observer at the World Trade Organization dispute settlement talks with the European Union, Japan, and Canada regarding a challenge filed by the EU and Japan against a green energy program in Canada, citing trade interests

EU renewable energy targets

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • European Union
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  • December 18 2011

The European Commission insisted December 15 that the European Union should adopt new renewable energy targets by 2014 in order to enhance energy independence and eliminate CO2 emissions from the electricity sector by 2050

EU RE subsidy cuts

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • European Union
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  • April 8 2012

Many European countries are making significant reductions to their renewable energy subsidy programs