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European Parliament Passes Invasive “Alien Species” Regulation

The European Parliament has passed a regulation aimed at preventing and managing the introduction and spread of invasive animals, plants, fungi and micro-organisms alien to the European territory. The regulation aims to prevent those organisms from having a negative impact, either on the environment, human health or socio-economic development. Only 11 … Read more »

European Parliament Requires Sustainability Reporting

A new law passed by the European Parliament will require the largest companies to include sustainability as part of their annual financial report.  A 599-55 vote applies to publicly-traded with more than 500 employees that must address “policies, risks and results” in relation to “social, environmental and human rights impact, diversity and anti-corruption … Read more »

Lawmakers Reject Flights Exemption

The European Parliament’s environment committee rejected an exemption for long-haul flights from paying for carbon emissions until the end of 2016. The 71-member Environment Committee voted against a deal brokered by EU diplomats earlier this month, Reuters reports. The deal would extend a “stop the clock” measure to exempt intercontinental … Read more »

EU Compromise Faces Opposition

A deal at the European Union to exempt long-haul flights from having to pay for their carbon emissions is in jeopardy, Reuters reports. EU politicians plan to vote against a deal that would delay payments until the end of 2016. The European Parliament’s 71-member Environment Committee will vote on March … Read more »

Europe Phasing Out HFCs

The European Parliament passed a phase-down of the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), or fluorinated gases (F-gases). The compromise agreement was struck in December and adopted Wednesday. F-gases have global warming potentials hundreds to thousands of times higher than carbon dioxide, and are widely used in refrigeration, air-conditioning, fire protection, aerosols and … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone XL Pipeline, Climate Envoy, European Emissions Market

The State Department released a report concluding that the Keystone XL pipeline would not substantially worsen carbon pollution, leaving an opening for President Obama to approve the politically divisive project, the New York Times reports. The department’s long-awaited environmental impact statement appears to indicate that the project could pass the criteria … Read more »

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Carbon Prices Rise on EU Backloading Vote

The European carbon market is breathing a little easier after the continent’s parliament passed a price-boosting measure one year in the making. On Wednesday lawmakers voted 344 to 311 for the “backloading” bill, which would hold about 900 million allowances off the market, and the initial reaction was positive, with … Read more »