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Eurobrief January 2010

Copenhagen climate change conference ends in non-binding agreement

The UN climate change conference (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen ended in December 2009 with a great deal of publicity but few concrete achievements.

ACEI issues open letter on EU follow up to Copenhagen

In an open letter to the European Parliament and the European Commission, the Alliance for a Competitive European Industry (ACEI) has called on the EU not to unilaterally shift its own target from the existing -20% to -30%.

Commission communication on biodiversity

On 19 January, the European Commission issued a communication on Options for an EU vision and target for biodiversity beyond 2010’.

Commission rejects air quality extension requests

The European Commission rejected 92 out of 97 requests in December for extending Member States deadlines to meet EU air quality standards as set out by Directive 2008/50/EC on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe.

Binding sustainability criteria for biomass dropped

The Commission has decided not to proceed with a proposal that would have made sustainability criteria for biomass used to generate heat and power legally binding, to CEMBUREAU’s disappointment.