EU bank lends €110m for smart meters and IT solutions in Lithuania

Ignitis Group will use the financing to install the technologies for data collection and management with energy distribution operator ESO

EU proposes more efficient air traffic management to reduce emissions

The upgrade of the Single European Sky regulatory framework is expected to help reduce up to 10% of air transport emissions

EU investigates Belgian electricity capacity scheme

The Commission is concerned the measure may discriminate against certain technologies, like renewable capacity, or unfairly limit participation of cross-border capacity

Fiat Chrysler granted €800m financing for EVs in Italy

The European Investment Bank is supporting the development of battery electric vehicles as well as plug-in hybrids

MEPs call for greener manufacturing of pharmaceutical products

They are urging the EU to tackle pharmaceutical pollution by making products more biodegradable whilst not impairing their efficacy

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China conquers top spot in lithium-ion battery supply chain ranking

The country has control of 80% of the world’s raw material refining, according to BNEF’s ranking

MEPs back higher emissions reduction target of 60% by 2030

It is an upgrade from the Commission’s emissions reduction proposal of ‘at least 50% towards 55%’ over the next decade

New €40.5m EU initiative for battery research charges ahead

The BATTERY 2030+ programme’s goal is to create more environmentally friendly and safer batteries with better performance, greater storage options and longer life

Climate Action Network Europe calls for release of environmental activists in Belarus

The organisation claims some of its local members have been detained unjustifiably and says it “is deeply concerned about their safety”

New EU rules on cleaner and safer cars come into effect

The rules include rigorous checking of manufacturers’ ongoing compliance with EU law for cars on the market and new models, including their emissions limits