AEGPL Nieuws week 26

1| Renewable energy: European Council confirms deal reached with the European Parliament

On 27 June, EU ambassadors endorsed the provisional agreement reached by the Bulgarian Presidency on the revision of the renewable energy directive. The endorsement means that the Council has approved the deal. This new regulatory framework will pave the way for Europe’s transition towards clean energy sources. It will also allow Europe to maintain its leadership role in the fight against climate change and in meeting the goals set by the Paris Agreement. The agreement sets a headline target of 32% energy from renewable sources at EU level for 2030. There is a clause to review this target in the event of changes in demand of energy consumption and to take account of the EU’s international obligations. Read more…

 

2| Berlin divided over cars’ CO2 limits, hindering EU decision

The German parliament, the Bundestag, hosted a public hearing on 27 June on the European Commission’s proposal on cars’ CO2 emission limits for 2025/30 in a bid to find a consensus between the different ministries. “At the moment, you find the environment and finance ministries on the one side, the transport and economy ministries on the other side and no one really knows when there will be a decision,” Peter Mock, managing director at the International Council on Clean Transportation (icct), told EURACTIV. “In Brussels, the positioning of Germany is urgently expected, otherwise no progress is possible and the adoption of a regulation before the next EU election in danger,” he explained. Read more…

 

3| Eight EU countries signal openness to increased Paris climate pledge

One day after the EU signalled it may increase its pledge to the Paris Agreement, eight of its member states have signed a call for raised climate ambition. A joint declaration was issued in parallel to the Second Ministerial on Climate Action meeting, hosted by the EU, China, and Canada in Brussels, which concluded on Thursday. The statement, which was signed by 23 countries in total, raised the possibility that governments would revisit and increase their pledges to the Paris Agreement, known as a nationally determined contributions or NDCs. The declaration called for the UN secretary general António Guterres to “focus his Climate Summit in September 2019 on the possibilities for delivering enhanced NDCs by 2020”. Read more…

 

4| Boycotting palm oil no magic bullet for biodiversity loss

Saying no to palm oil imports could prompt a switch to more environmentally-destructive crops, according to a report issued a fortnight after EU lawmakers agreed to phase out its use as a renewable biofuel. Other vegetable oil crops require far more land to produce a similar volume of oil, according to the ‘Palm Oil and Biodiversity’ report published on Tuesday by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Palm oil plantations are decimating biodiversity in Southeast Asia by replacing rainforest, but replacing it with much larger areas of rapeseed, soy or sunflower could impact ecosystems elsewhere, the lead author of the IUCN report Erik Meijaard said. Read more…

 

5| Ban diesel cars, say campaigners

Health and environment campaigners have urged European policymakers to ban diesel cars as soon as possible to protect human health. The Health and Environment Alliance made its demand as lawmakers debated the response to the dieselgate scandal in the European Parliament. MEPs were joined by industry representatives, scientists and campaigners to discuss the response to the scandal. HEAL made the new demand for the complete phase out of diesel following a review of recent scientific evidence. Poor quality air from diesels causes heart and lung disease, cancer and a range of other health problems, campaigners said. Read more…

 

The AEGPL Team
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