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Shipping Industry & EU at Odds on Carbon Emissions

Shipping Industry & EU at Odds on Carbon Emissions

The shipping industry may not ultimately be able to regulate itself in terms of cutting carbon emissions, according to some within the European Union; the International Maritime Organization (IMO) disagrees, according to Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide. The IMO’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee has worked within the shipping industry to create a reduction strategy that … Read more »

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PowerCell Converts Toxic Waste to Electricity

Swedish fuel cell company PowerCell is leading a project to convert toxic waste from olive oil production into electricity. Biogas2PEM-FC is an European Union-funded project coordinated by PowerCell with partners from Spain, Greece, Sweden and the UK. It includes a pilot plant in Andalucía, Spain. The waste from olive oil … Read more »

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Shipping Emissions Rules Approved

Ship owners will, for the first time, have to monitor carbon emissions from ships of more than 5,000 gross tons under a European Union law approved last week, the Guardian reports. The law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2018. It doesn’t include shipping in the EU’s Emissions Trading System, but … Read more »

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EU on Track to Meet 2020 Climate Goals

European Union greenhouse gas emissions fell almost 2 percent between 2012 and 2013, putting the EU very close to its 2020 reduction target, according to analysis from the European Environment Agency. The EU is also on track to meet two other targets to boost renewable energy and energy efficiency by … Read more »

Sulfur Rules to Cost Shipping Firms Millions

Maersk Line says Europe’s new low-sulfur fuel rules will cost it an extra $200 million a year, Reuters reports. Similarly, P&O Ferries’ tells the news agency its fuel bill will increase about 30 million pounds ($50 million) a year, which it will pass onto customers. Under the European Union rules, … Read more »

Food Waste

Scrap ‘Best Before’ Labels on Long-Life Foods, EU States Say

“Best before” labels add to food waste, according to several European Union states that are asking the European Commission to exempt products — such as some long-life produce — from the mandatory labels. According to a discussion paper, put forward by the Netherlands and Sweden and backed by Austria, Denmark, … Read more »

Honey Bee Death Rates Lower Than Expected

A European Union survey found death rates of honeybees lower than feared, countering concerns about the collapse the crop-pollinating insect colonies caused by pests and disease. The study of 32,000 bee colonies across 17 EU member states from late 2012 until summer 2013 found winter mortality rates ranged from 3.5 … Read more »

EU Exempts Long-Haul Flights from ETS Until 2017

The European Parliament yesterday postponed, to 2017, the date by which the EU’s Emissions Trading System will apply to the entire length of flights in and out of Europe. The 458-120 vote brings three decades of contentious negotiation to a close, Reuters reports. EU rules bringing aviation into the ETS, with … Read more »

Global Carbon Market to Rise by Two-Thirds

The globally-traded carbon market will rise by two thirds from 2013 to this year to reach 64 billion euros, according to analysis by Thomson Reuters Point Carbon. The market was 39 billion euros in 2013, with volume increasing by 3 percent to 9.6 gigatons. Most of this year’s growth by … Read more »

Britain First to Backload Permits

Britain will be the first to cut the supply of European Union carbon permits on March 12, Reuters reports. Britain will cut the volume in its fortnightly auction of permits under the EU Emissions Trading System to 2.515 million units from March 12. Manufacturers have said they foresee a permit … Read more »

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EU to Cut Carbon Emissions 40% by 2030

Europe will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 as part of a deal reached today. The European Commission’s draft 2030 climate and energy package also sets an EU-wide binding target for member states to source at least 27 percent of their energy from … Read more »