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EDITORIAL EU Carbon Tax - Limited impact upon cement industry expected April 2011 - On 13 April 2011, The European Commission has issued, as expected, its proposal for a smarter approach to energy taxation. The idea is to amend the Directive on the taxation of energy products and electricity in order to impose a carbon tax.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Commission adopts Decision on calculating free allocation of emission allowances A Decision on how free emission allowances should be allocated to industrial installations covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) from 2013 has been adopted by the European Commission.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Carbon dioxide emissions rose in 2010, suggest EU ETS figures Carbon dioxide emissions rose in 2010 after two years of substantial decline, according to EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) figures released this month.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Commission publishes guidelines on CCS implementation Guidelines to help Member States implement the 2009 Directive on carbon capture and storage (CCS) have been published by the European Commission.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME National emissions registries: update The national emissions registry of Lithuania, Cyprus, Hungary, Liechtenstein and Malta have resumed normal operations on 20 April 2011, bringing to an end the transitional measure imposed in January which suspended national EU ETS registries following cases of cyber crime.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Commission to hold a stakeholder meeting on carbon market oversight European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action is organising a stakeholder meeting on carbon market oversight and integrity on 4 May 2011. The meeting will be an opportunity for stakeholders to provide feedback on the different approaches for measures to avoid market manipulation.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Steel sector threatens to take Commission to court over ETS benchmarks The steel sector is threatening to take the European Commission to court over benchmarks that will be used to allocate carbon allowances during the next phase of the EU's emissions trading scheme (ETS).
ENVIRONMENT Energy Efficiency Plan topic discussed during Sustainable Energy Week 2011 and debated with delegations from national parliaments The Commission's Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 was discussed during EU Sustainable Energy Week on 12 April 2011. The event focused on the way forward as regards the promotion of energy efficiency in Europe.
ENVIRONMENT Aarhus Convention amendment on access to public information worries business On-going work in the context of the Aarhus Convention on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters has raised some concerns about privacy.
ENVIRONMENT Commission working paper on EU Air Quality Policy published The Commission has published a working paper on the implementation of EU Air Quality Policy ahead of the publication of a comprehensive review. The document summarises the implementation of the Air Quality Directive and provides some information regarding forthcoming short-term actions.
ENVIRONMENT Commission commits to environmental financing increase The European Commission has committed itself in a draft budget to a 4.3% increase in funding for the EU's environmental financing Life+ programme.
BUILDINGS & BUILDING MATERIALS Multilingual sustainable construction glossary launched The beginning of this year's EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) was marked by the launch conference of the multilingual sustainable construction glossary.
BUILDINGS & BUILDING MATERIALS Construction products Regulation published in Official Journal Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2011 laying down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products...
CEMBUREAU European Minerals Day 2011 officially launched at the European Parliament Hosted by Judith Merkies MEP and supported by Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani and Herbert Reul MEP, European Minerals Day was premiered on 13 April 2011 at the European Parliament.
OTHER NEWS Magnesium oxide producers challenge BAT Guidance Three magnesium oxide producers want the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to annul best available technique (BAT) guidance for the Cement, Lime and Magnesium Oxide Manufacturing Industries...