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Proposals for cutting food waste

ENVI Food safety11-04-2017 - 14:54

Environment MEPs put forward a number of possible measures to cut the EU 88 million tonnes per year food waste by half by 2030 on Tuesday. MEPs called on the European Commission to lift existing restrictions on food donations and stressed a solution is needed for the confusion created for many consumers by the “best before” and “use by” labelling. (Read more: Proposals for cutting food waste )

 

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 )

 

Maltese Presidency priorities discussed in committee

TRAN REGI LIBE JURI ITRE INTA IMCO ENVI EMPL DEVE CULT AGRI AFET AFCO Institutions26-01-2017 - 15:49

The priorities of the Maltese Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers are being outlined to parliamentary committees by Maltese ministers at a series of meetings taking place in January. (Read more: Maltese Presidency priorities discussed in committee )

 
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 )

 

Environment MEPs for a stronger EU carbon market

ENVI Environment15-12-2016 - 14:38

Plans to boost greenhouse-gas emission curbs through the EU carbon market (EU ETS) were backed by the Environment Committee on Thursday. MEPs propose reducing the carbon credits to be auctioned by 2.4% each year, and doubling the capacity of the market stability reserve (MSR) to absorb the excess of allowances on the market. (Read more: Environment MEPs for a stronger EU carbon market )

 

A twelve-strong delegation of MEPs will take part in UN (COP22) climate talks (COP22) in Marrakesh from Monday to Friday. Following the European Parliament’s ratification and the entry into force of the 2015 Paris agreement, these will focus on how to finance and share the efforts needed to keep climate warming well below 2 degrees compared to pre-industrial levels. (Read more: MEPs to participate in COP22 climate change conference in Marrakesh )

 
Lone rhino standing on open area looking for safety from poacher  

Environment MEPs advocate a full and immediate EU-wide ban on ivory and rhinoceros horn trade, and call for common sanctions at EU level against wildlife trafficking, in a resolution voted on Thursday. Wildlife trafficking is worth an estimated €20 billion annually. It has grown in recent years, becoming one of the biggest and most profitable forms of organised cross-border crime. (Read more: Wildlife trafficking: Environment MEPs call for ivory trade ban and EU penalties )

 

The European Parliament will vote on Tuesday to give its consent to the ratification of the Paris climate agreement by the European Union, after Council gave its green light on Friday. For Environment Committee chair Giovanni La Via (EPP, IT) the decision allows the EU to remain a leader in climate action ahead of the next round of talks to take place in Marrakech in November. (Read more: Paris climate agreement: EP to vote on EU ratification after Council green light )

 
icebergs floating in a fjord in Svalbard ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

The European Parliament should give its consent to the ratification of the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, recommended Environment Committee MEPs on Thursday. They also urged all EU member states to conclude the ratification process, to ensure its rapid entry into force. In a separate resolution, they also called on the EU to upgrade its emission reduction pledges, so as to close the gap between the individual targets agreed by the Parties and the Paris goals. (Read more: Environment MEPs support Paris agreement ratification, push for entry into force )

 

Slovak Presidency priorities discussed in committee

TRAN REGI PECH JURI ITRE INTA AFET IMCO ENVI ECON DEVE CULT AGRI Institutions01-09-2016 - 12:26

The priorities of the Slovak Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers are being outlined to parliamentary committees by Slovak ministers at a series of meetings taking place in July, August and September. (Read more: Slovak Presidency priorities discussed in committee )