MEPs greenlight stricter car testing reforms post-dieselgate scandal

The European Commission can impose fines of up to €30,000 (£26,260) per vehicle if manufacturers break the rules

MEPs back near zero energy buildings by 2050

Member states will be required to develop national long term strategies to support cost-saving renovation of public and private buildings

MEPs vote for stronger energy efficiency, renewables targets

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to reduce energy use by 40% by 2030. Each EU nation will have to set its own corresponding national energy efficiency targets that are needed to reach the overall goal. They would cover all stages of the energy chain, including generation, transmission, distribution and end use. In […]

MEPs propose higher renewable energy target

Environment MEPs are proposing to raise the EU’s renewable energy goals for 2030. They suggest increasing the share of energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind to at least 35%. It is part of the ongoing reform of the renewables energy directive, a central piece of EU energy and climate change policy, which […]

MEPs call for higher EU climate goals

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are urging the EU to ratchet up its climate goals. In a resolution put to vote this week, ahead of the UN’s COP23 meeting in Bonn next month, they called on the EU to set out a mid-century zero emissions strategy by 2018 in line with the aims of […]

MEPS vote to improve EU emissions policy

MEPs have voted to improve one of the EU’s key climate policies. The European Parliament’s Environment Committee have proposed improvements to the original draft of the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR), which covers emissions from the transport, waste, buildings and agriculture sectors for the coming decade. The Committee voted in favour of aligning the starting point […]

MEPs call for unsustainable palm oil clampdown

MEPs have called for a clampdown on imports of unsustainable palm oil and its use in biofuel. In a resolution voted today, 640 ministers supported the Czech Republic’s Kateřina Konečná in asserting a large part of global palm oil production is in breach of fundamental human rights and can often prove untraceable. Only 18 MEPs […]

MEPs vote to ban oil drilling in Arctic

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are calling for measures to protect the vulnerable Arctic ecosystem and ban oil drilling. They pointed out the Arctic has been warming “twice as fast as the global average” and sea ice has been shrinking “significantly” since 1981. They say a ban should be placed on oil drilling in […]

European Parliament backs higher recycling rates

The European Parliament has backed more ambitious recycling targets, setting Europe to drastically reduce using landfills for waste. Under the draft legislation, the share of waste to be recycled would rise from 44% to 70% by 2030. The European Commission had proposed 65%. For packaging materials, such as paper and cardboard, plastics, glass, metal and […]

MEPs approve rules for EU involvement in energy deals

EU Member States must inform the European Commission of their energy deals with third countries before opening negotiations. Member of the European Parliament (MEPs) approved the new rules by 542 votes to 87, with 19 abstentions. Currently, Member States are required to submit energy agreements to the Commission only after they’ve signed them off. Under […]