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MEPs call for fast-track approval of low-risk pesticides

Plenary Session Public health / Food safety15-02-2017 - 14:38
Duster plane on agricultural field  

Low-risk biological pesticides, including those made from bio-organisms, pheromones or essential oils, could replace conventional ones that are suspected of harming the environment and human health. MEPs wonder why some member states hesitate or refuse to approve them and want the EU Commission to propose a revision of the rules to accelerate the approval process. (Read more: MEPs call for fast-track approval of low-risk pesticides )

 
Smoking chimneys at sunset  

Plans to boost greenhouse-gas emission curbs through the EU carbon market (EU ETS), so as to bring EU climate policy into line with the aims of the Paris agreement, were backed by Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs supported the Commission proposal to reduce the number of “carbon credits” (emission allowances) by 2.2% each year, and want to double the capacity of the 2019 market stability reserve (MSR) to absorb the excess of allowances on the market. (Read more: MEPs back plans to cut carbon emission allowances and fund low-carbon innovation )

 

CO2 cuts: finding the right balance between trade and fighting climate change

Plenary Session Environment13-02-2017 - 14:25
Infographic illustration on TOP CO2 emitters  

MEPs vote this week on plans to reform the EU's emissions trading system (ETS), a scheme set up to help reduce greenhouse gases, which is not not working as expected. Although the EU is the world's third largest CO2 emitter, it also harbours the most ambitious climate target: to cut emissions by at least 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. The plans voted on in Parliament this week should help achieve this target while maintaining Europe’s industrial competitiveness. (Read more: CO2 cuts: finding the right balance between trade and fighting climate change )

 

Emissions scandal: “The key is to make the rules as robust as possible”

Others Free movement of goods / Consumers / Environment09-02-2017 - 16:02
Interview with Daniel Dalton  

The Volkswagen scandal - involving the manipulation of emission tests - exposed the weakness of the current EU car certification system. On Thursday the internal market committee adopted proposals aimed at making this more difficult, including checks on cars already in circulation. The proposals will now need to be approved by all MEPs during an upcoming plenary session. We talked to UK ECR member Daniel Dalton, the MEP in charge of steering these plans through Parliament. (Read more: Emissions scandal: “The key is to make the rules as robust as possible” )

 

MEPs overhaul EU rules on car approvals to prevent further emissions scandals

IMCO Free movement of goods / Consumers / Environment09-02-2017 - 12:16
Car exhaust pipe in process of being modified in garage  

In a drive to prevent a recurrence of the VW emissions scandal, Internal Market Committee MEPs amended EU car “type approval” rules on Thursday, to make environmental and safety testing more independent and strengthen national and EU oversight of cars already on the road. (Read more: MEPs overhaul EU rules on car approvals to prevent further emissions scandals )

 

Protect the Arctic from emerging risks, urge MEPs

ENVI AFET External relations / Environment31-01-2017 - 19:26
Icebergs floating ©AP Images/European Union-EP  

As the geopolitical importance of the Arctic region is growing, with climate change effects and competition for natural resources bringing new environmental and security risks for the region and for the world, the EU should speak with one voice and push to keep the Arctic an area of cooperation, says a resolution adopted by the Foreign Affairs and Environment committees on Tuesday. (Read more: Protect the Arctic from emerging risks, urge MEPs )

 

Arctic: environment and foreign affairs MEPs call for action to protect region

Others External relations / Environment31-01-2017 - 17:48
 

The Arctic is rapidly increasing in importance as global warming is rendering formerly unapproachable northern regions accessible and making it easier to exploit its natural resources. Parliament's environment and foreign affairs committees adopted today a report calling on the EU to act to prevent the militarisation of the region and help preserve its unique ecosystem. Home to the white bear and other endangered species, the Arctic accounts for up to 25% of the world’s natural resources. (Read more: Arctic: environment and foreign affairs MEPs call for action to protect region )

 
Dumping of solid urban waste ©AP Images/European Union-EP  

The share of waste to be recycled should be raised to 70% by 2030, from 44% today, while landfilling, which has a big environmental impact, should be limited to 5%, said Environment Committee MEPs on Tuesday, as they amended the draft EU “waste package” legislation. They also advocate a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030. (Read more: Waste: boost recycling, cut landfilling and curb food waste, say MEPs )

 

Waste: more ambitious targets towards a circular economy

Others Environment23-01-2017 - 16:07
Woman putting banana peel in recycling bio bin in the kitchen. ©AP Images/European Union-EP  

Parliament’s environment committee votes on Tuesday 24 January to amend a European Commission proposal on waste management, the so-called waste package, which is a priority for the EU for this year. In previous resolutions Parliament has called for more ambitious targets. This vote is the first step towards entering negotiations with the Commission and Council. (Read more: Waste: more ambitious targets towards a circular economy )

 

Car emissions: first committee findings and draft recommendations

EMIS Transport / Consumers / Environment / Public health19-12-2016 - 16:24

Evidence of law enforcement shortcomings in EU member states as regards car emissions is set out in the draft report by the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurement in the Automotive Sector (EMIS), published on Monday. The report and draft recommendations were prepared jointly by co-rapporteurs Jens Gieseke (EPP, DE) and Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy (ALDE, NL). EMIS will have a first public debate on the text on 12 January. (Read more: Car emissions: first committee findings and draft recommendations )