Austrian waste management firm fined €6.6m by EU

An Austrian waste management firm has been ordered to pay €6.6 million for breaking EU rules. According to the European Commission, Altstoff Recycling Austria (ARA) blocked competitors from entering the nation’s market for management of household packaging waste from 2008 to 2012. In Austria, producers of goods are obliged to take back packaging waste that […]

EU lets France grant state aid to CHP sector

The European Commission has said France can grant state aid to its energy sector. The country plans to make improve its high efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) plants and reduce their carbon emissions by supporting the deployment of around 7MW of additional generation capacity.  Those CHP plants up to 1MW will receive support in the form […]

Czech Republic referred to EU court over toxic waste shipment to Poland

The Czech Republic has been referred to the Court of Justice of the EU over a shipment of toxic waste to Poland. According to the European Commission, the nation failed to take back 20,000 tonnes of hazardous waste, which were shipped to Katowice, Poland, by a Czech operator in late 2010 and early 2011. Polish […]

EU sets next steps to implement Paris agreement

The EU Commission has presented an assessment which looks at the next steps the region has to take following the Paris agreement. It stated the EU should focus on implementing a 2030 energy and climate framework to achieve its targets. Proposals to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% should be fast-tracked by the European […]

EU probes funding for nuclear plant in Hungary

Hungary’s plans to finance the construction of two nuclear reactors will be investigated. The European Commission has opened an in-depth state aid investigation into the project called Paks II. It will analyse if a private investor would have financed the nuclear project on the same terms as Hungary’s state aid. If the project is found to involve […]

EU invests €160m in environmental projects

An investment worth €160.6 million (£112.4m) will be made to support environmental projects across Europe. The cash from the European Commission will fund 96 programmes worth €264.8 million (£185.3m). Under the LIFE programme for the Environment, they will focus on resource efficiency, the transition to a more circular and sustainable economy, nature and biodiversity and […]

EU proposes fine over Romania’s emissions failure

Romania could be fined for not transposing EU rules on sulphur emissions. The EU Commission has asked the Court of Justice to impose a daily penalty worth more than €38,000 (£26,220). The sulphur legislation aims to reduce the effects of the pollutant which is emitted by ships and harms human health, the environment and contributes to […]

Denmark and UK agree EU must decarbonise faster

Europe must decarbonise faster to guarantee future prosperity and growth, according to a joint statement from the UK and Denmark. Energy Secretary Chris Huhne and Dr. Lykke Friis, Danish Minister for Climate and Energy, said: “Decarbonising further, faster, can keep Europe ahead in the global low carbon race, but the UK and Denmark can’t do […]