Category: Europe

EU Commission adopts zero pollution action plan

Read the full story at New Europe.

The European Commission on May 12 adopted the Zero Pollution action plan, which sets out an integrated vision for 2050 where pollution is reduced to levels that are no longer harmful to human health and natural ecosystems, as well as the steps to get there.

Green Alliance: Government ‘complacency’ risks UK’s net-zero transition

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Despite strong progress in decarbonising electricity generation, the UK Government is not doing enough to support the low-carbon transition in hard-to-abate sector like agriculture and transport.

Green Alliance: Government ‘complacency’ risks UK’s net-zero transition

Read the full story at edie.

Despite strong progress in decarbonising electricity generation, the UK Government is not doing enough to support the low-carbon transition in hard-to-abate sector like agriculture and transport.

In Europe, industry and environmentalists call for binding targets for infrastructure for zero-emission trucks

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Truck makers and environmentalists have joined forces to push for the deployment of 11,000 charging points for electric trucks across the EU by 2025, rising to 42,000 by 2030. The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) and Transport & Environment (T&E) made this call to the European Commission in a joint letter.

Critical Raw Materials Resilience: Charting a Path Towards Greater Security and Sustainability

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Building on the EU’s Raw Materials Initiative, this Communication presents:
  • the EU 2020 list of critical raw materials
  • the challenges for a secure and sustainable supply of critical raw materials and actions
    to increase EU resilience and open strategic autonomy.

Reports on development of EU sustainability reporting standards

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These reports, which were prepared at the request of the Commission following an invitation from the Economic and Financial Affairs Council, are an important step in the development of corporate sustainability reporting across the EU.

Both reports recognise the importance of coordinating the development of EU sustainability reporting standards with existing and emerging global initiatives. EU sustainability standards are necessary to meet the political ambition and urgent timetable of the European Green Deal. They are also necessary to ensure consistency of reporting rules at the heart of the EU’s sustainable finance agenda , especially the existing Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulationthe Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD), the Taxonomy Regulation, as well as with the requirements of forthcoming legislation on sustainable corporate governance and due diligence.

The first report proposes a roadmap for the development of a comprehensive set of EU sustainability reporting standards. It was prepared by a multi-stakeholder task force established by the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG).

second report proposes reforms to EFRAG’s governance structure to ensure that future EU sustainability reporting standards are developed using an inclusive and rigorous process. It sets out, for example, how national and European authorities will be involved, while ensuring that the process also draws upon the expertise of the private sector and civil society.

British Army to switch on first solar farm as part of net-zero aspiration

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Centrica Business Solutions has been onboarded to steer the deliver of the British Army’s first solar farm, which will be located at Army’s Defence School of Transport (DST) in Leconfield, Yorkshire.

Construction started on the 2.3MW solar farm earlier this year, with more than 4,000 solar panels set to provide the school with one third of its electricity needs.

It forms part of “Project Prometheus”, which will see three further solar farm pilots introduced at Duke of Gloucester Barracks, South Cerney, Gloucestershire; Rock Barracks, Suffolk; and Baker Barracks on Thorney Island, Sussex. These projects are scheduled for delivery later this year, with a further 80 solar farms to be introduced across the Army’s estate in the next seven years.

Analysis: UK is now halfway to meeting its ‘net-zero emissions’ target

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The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 were 51% below 1990 levels, according to new Carbon Brief analysis. This means the UK is now halfway to meeting its target of “net-zero” emissions by 2050.

50% of All Coal Plants in Europe Set to Close, Marking Major Milestone in Phase Out of Coal in Europe by 2030

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Bloomberg Philanthropies and Europe Beyond Coal announced today that 162 of Europe’s 324 coal plants have closed or confirmed pre-2030 retirements, marking the halfway point in the campaign to retire all coal plants on the continent by 2030 at the latest. This is a major milestone ahead of this year’s U.N. Climate Summit, COP26, and demonstrates the global momentum in the transition away from fossil fuels consistent with the United Nations Secretary-General’s call to phase-out coal in OECD countries by 2030 and everywhere else by 2040.

The case for country of origin labelling: Food quality, transparency, and value creation

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

FoodNavigator hears from agri-food players – sitting at both extremes of farm-to-fork – and an MEP, who make the case for enforcing indication laws across the bloc.

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