AEGPL Nieuws week 18

1| EU proposes 25% ‘climate quota’ in new long-term budget

The clean energy transition and other initiatives to decarbonise Europe’s economy will represent 25% of EU spending under a seven-year EU budget plan put forward by the European Commission on 2 May. Climate action will be mainstreamed across all EU programmes, with a target of 25% of all expenditure contributing to climate objectives, said Miguel Arias Cañete, the EU Commissioner in charge of climate action. This is up from 20% in the current budget, which covers the years 2014-2020, the Commission said. The climate effort will span policies on regional integration, energy, transport, research and innovation, agriculture as well as development aid. Read more…

 

2| WHO links 7 million deaths to particulate pollution

Around 7 million deaths worldwide every year are estimated to be linked to exposure to fine particles in polluted air, the World Health Organization has claimed on 2 May. The majority (90%) of these fatalities occur in low and middle income countries, predominantly in Asia and Africa, as well as the Eastern Mediterranean region, Europe and the Americas. WHO has also claimed that ambient air pollution alone caused some 4.2 million deaths in 2016, while household air pollution from cooking with polluting fuels and technologies caused an estimated 3.8 million deaths in the same period. According to WHO, nine out of 10 people around the globe are breathing air containing high levels of pollutants. Read more…

 

3| UN urges governments to pursue strong green policies

The UN’s climate change secretariat has urged governments across the world to pursue strong climate policies in its first ever annual report. The report says that policymakers at all levels should “systematically pursue coherence, collaboration and coordination in national and international climate and development policy”. It adds that such “concerted effort across sectors, frameworks and levels of governance could multiply benefits to produce fundamental and transformative change”. In the report’s foreword, UN Secretary General António Guterres said that urgent climate action is needed and increased ambition necessary because the “world is currently not on track to achieve the Paris targets”. Read more…

 

4| Diesel cars still causing air pollution despite efforts to tackle them, green NGO says

A briefing produced by the green NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) argues that efforts to tackle air pollution caused by diesel cars are moving the problem east rather than solving it. The data shows that over 35,000 second hand diesel vehicles were exported to Bulgaria in 2017 alone. More than half these cars are over 10 years old and lack the standard diesel particle filters found on all new cars after 2011; it means they emit dangerous cancer-causing fine particles that are already a serious problem in south-eastern Europe as well as high levels of nitrogen oxides. Read more…

 

5| Brussels to act alone if IMO stalls on shipping CO2

The EU is prepared to go ahead with unilateral measures to control greenhouse gas emissions from shipping if the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) does not move convincingly by 2023 to implement a deal to halve output by mid-century, a European Commission official warned on Friday. Christine Berg, who heads the maritime safety unit at the EU executive’s transport directorate, was speaking at a forum hosted by the European Policy Centre thinktank a fortnight after the IMO agreed to cut maritime CO2 emissions by at least 50% by 2050. “We expect from our side that before 2023 there will be measures on the design for new ships or some kind of speed management,” Berg said. Read more…

 

The AEGPL Team
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