EU finalises technical follow-up for tougher car emissions tests

The reforms are expected to reduce margins of technical uncertainty and increase rigorous checks of cars already in circulation

Seven member states urge EU to raise climate goals

Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden are calling for the development and implementation of an “ambitious” long term strategy

EU’s energy efficiency gap in 2016 was 4%

The EU exceeded its primary energy consumption, also known as its energy efficiency target, by 4% in 2016. That’s according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU, which compares this against the goal of cutting energy consumption by 20% by 2020. This limits usage to 1,483 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) – since 1990, […]

Draft EU rules to prevent gas supply crises agreed

The European Parliament and Council have reached an informal agreement on new regulations which aim to prevent gas supply crises. Under the rules, an EU country facing an emergency gas shortage will be able to alert another member state and trigger cross-border assistance. The draft agreement establishes four “risk groups” of member states to serve […]

MEPs call for moratorium on winter heating cut-offs

Member States should declare a moratorium on winter heating disconnections so no household can be cut off from energy in the cold. That’s according to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), who are calling for more support for fuel poor homes as well as further investment in energy efficiency projects to reduce bills. A non-binding […]

EU tightens rules for cleaner cars

The European Commission is proposing stricter rules to ensure car manufacturers comply with all safety, environmental and production requirements. Under the proposals, vehicle testing would be more independent and surveillance of cars already in circulation would be increased. That would mean Member States would have to carry out spot-checks on vehicles already on the market […]

Commission invests €63.8m in EU environmental projects

The European Commission is supporting six environmental projects in Member States. It is investing €63.8 million (£48.3m) for the first ever “Integrated Projects”, which were introduced to implement environmental legislation on a wider scale and increase the impact of the LIFE programme. LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action […]

EU invests €217m in energy infrastructure

Member States in the EU have agreed to invest €217 million (£165m) in trans-European energy infrastructure projects. A total of 15 projects have been selected following a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), a funding programme for infrastructure. The projects, mainly in Central and South Eastern Europe, are expected to increase energy […]

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 ‘needs new controls to meet green target’

The European Commission needs new powers to ensure Member States meet the EU’s 2030 renewable targets. That’s according the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) which states the Commission should have renewable energy benchmarks by December 2015. These should provide an indication for Member States on what their targets are and should be distributed fairly among the countries. […]