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Eurobrief May 2011

Commission adopts new strategy to halt loss of biodiversity by 2020

The European Commission has adopted a new strategy to halt the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the EU by 2020.The Commission will follow up different proposals and initiatives listed in the Strategy in 2012, and will review the strategy in 2014.

Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 discussed at Green Week

The Commission's "Energy Efficiency Plan 2011" was discussed at Green Week on 25 May 2011. The event, organised by DG Environment in partnership with DG Energy, focused on the way forward as regards the promotion of energy efficiency in Europe.

Draft directive targets energy saving obligation schemes

Details have emerged concerning the proposal (to be released at the end of June) to combine the existing combined heat and power (CHP) and energy services directives into one single piece of legislation. The Commission believes that these laws have failed to deliver sufficient improvements.