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EU to publish auto emissions regulations
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union
  • October 30 2011

On October 28, the European Commission announced it will release proposals, sometime in 2012 or 2013, tightening passenger cars, light vans, and heavy-duty vehicles’ carbon dioxide emission limits


EU releases environmental plan
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union
  • 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


Global aviation emissions negotiations
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union, Global
  • March 25 2012

Speaking at the annual Aviation and Environment Summit March 21, Mary Veronica Tovsak-Pleterski, director for European and International Carbon Markets with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Climate Action, said that the European Union is ready to secure a global deal on reducing air transit emissions, but that it will not suspend application of its Emissions Trading System to encourage a multilateral solution


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

The European Commission’s Joint Research Center published a report September 21 finding that global man-made CO2 emissions rose 5.8 percent in 2010 to the highest level ever recorded, 33 billion metric tons


EU transport fuel ratings deferred
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Canada, European Union
  • 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


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

The European Environment Agency launched an online tool December 13 to bring together vast amounts of data about the global environment in a user-friendly visual format


EU renewable energy targets
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union
  • 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


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

The European Parliament voted December 14 to require laundry detergents sold in the European Union to be almost phosphate-free by mid-2013


EU meets nuclear assessment deadline
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union
  • 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


EU ETS updated
  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • European Union
  • 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