EU plans to limit air pollutant emissions ‘falls short of the mark’

The agreement set out by environment ministers in the EU to limit national emissions of air pollutants is “contradictory”. The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) believes there are inconsistencies between Member States’ positions on nature protection and air quality and the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive plans “have fallen short of the mark”. The comment follows […]

EU votes to curb plastic bag use

EU governments have unanimously agreed to slash the use of plastic grocery bags. The Council of Ministers, the European Parliament and the European Commission agreed on a new policy that would offer countries three options for cutting bag use. They include either introducing mandatory pricing by 2018 or banning plastic carrier bags altogether or adopting […]

EU begged to phase out F-gas emissions

The EU is being called on to phase out a certain type of gases used in fridges, insulation and air conditioning to combat climate change. A coalition of environmental organisations wrote to the EU’s climate Commissioner, Connie Hedegaard to demand the phasing out of fluorinated gases known as F-gases. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Greenpeace, […]