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EDITORIAL ETS registries: Security first, liquidity second March 2011 - Several serious incidents have marred the operation of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and led, in January, the European Commission to suspend trading. Trading under the EU ETS must be made more secure and CEMBUREAU is making recommendations in that respect.
BUILDINGS & BUILDING MATERIALS EESC advertising launch of common language terminology for sustainable construction event CEMBUREAU, through the European Concrete Platform (ECP), is co-organising the launch of a new, multilingual, dictionary-type publication - the Sustainable Construction Glossary – which will be held at the European Economic and Social Committee on 11 April 2011.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME More national EU ETS registries resume operations The national emissions registry of Denmark resumed operations on 4 April following completion by the Commission of its review of the adequacy of the country’s national registry security measures.
HEALTH AND SAFETY REACH - ECHA deadline for completeness check on REACH registrations met Registration numbers have been granted for 20,175 of the 20,723 dossiers submitted by the first registration deadline, resulting in a total of 3 483 phase-in substances being registered under REACH.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME EU's attempts further unilateral reduction of CO2 emissions Last month’s Eurobrief editorial was devoted to why Europe’s Energy intensive industries believe setting CO2 targets to 2050 is unrealistic. The European Commission’s communication on this issue has now been published and looks at an overall CO2 reduction of 80% in 2050 in the EU.
WASTE Council approves first end-of-waste criteria The first end-of-waste criteria under the Waste Framework Directive, the End-of-waste criteria for scrap metal, were approved by the Member States on 31 March 2011, after the European Parliament raised no objections.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Commission announces number of allowances for aviation under EU ETS The number of allowances to be given to aviation each year under the emissions trading scheme (ETS) will be 212.9 million for 2012 and 208.5 million for 2013-20, according to the Commission.
WASTE Draft European Parliament report on effective raw materials strategy for Europe published A Draft report on an effective raw materials strategy for Europe was released earlier this month by Rappoteur Reinhard Bütikofer (Germany, Greens).
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Commission starts work on CO2 emissions from ships The first meeting of the European Climate Change Programme Working Group 6 (Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships) was recently held.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Council and Parliament not opposed to draft benchmarks governing free allocations The Council has decided not to oppose to the Draft Commission Decision determining transitional Union-wide rules for the harmonised free allocation of emission allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System from 2013. This means that now that the Council has given its consent
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME Consultation on future Guidelines for State aid in the context of EU ETS launched The European Commission has invited Member States, citizens, companies and organisations to contribute to a consultation on future Commission Guidelines for State aid in the context of the amended EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME More than 150 CCS demonstration project proposals submitted More than 150 proposals for large-scale demonstration projects involving innovative renewable energy and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies have been submitted under the EU's "NER 300" programme.
ENVIRONMENT Commission presents Energy Efficiency Action Plan The Commission adopted the Energy Efficiency Action Plan on 8 March 2011 to coincide with the publication of the upcoming Low Carbon Economy Roadmap for 2050, and presented the Action Plan to Council Preparatory Bodies on 15 March 2011.
ENVIRONMENT Council adopts conclusions on Energy 2020 On 28 February, the Council adopted conclusions on Energy 2020: A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy.
ENVIRONMENT Commission confirms adoption date of biodiversity Post-2010 strategy The Commission has confirmed that the Biodiversity Post-2010 strategy is expected to be adopted on 4 May 2011. The Strategy will be presented as a Communication and will propose a new EU Strategy to coordinate Member State efforts to halt biodiversity decline in the EU.
ENVIRONMENT Natura 2000 translations available Some of the translations of the Non-energy mineral extraction and Natura 2000 guidance document are now available on the European Commission website.
ENVIRONMENT EBAE to include Business & Biodiversity award from 2012 A new 'Business & Biodiversity' award will be presented to a European company with outstanding achievements in halting biodiversity loss and supporting natural ecosystems at the 2012 edition of the European Business Awards for the Environment.
ENVIRONMENT Commission launches public consultation on Green Public Procurement The Commission has published a Green Paper with a consultation on Public Procurement. The purpose of the exercise is to simplify procedures and open public procurements to all economic actors, including SMEs, add green requirements and tackle corruption.
ENVIRONMENT Quarter of EU energy consumption through renewable energy by 2020 says study A new review of National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) suggests that almost a quarter of EU energy consumption could be met by renewable energy by 2020.
BUILDINGS & BUILDING MATERIALS Commission targets public buildings in Energy Efficiency Proposal The European Commission has proposed that public authorities refurbish at least 3% of their buildings by floor area every year. The European energy efficiency plan sets out a range of measures designed to encourage energy efficiency improvements.