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European Union agrees to slash CO2 'at least 40 per cent' by 2030

David Cameron arrives at European Council photo by EU Council

Deal struck in the early hours of this morning includes binding 27 per cent target for renewable energy and voluntary energy savings goal

24 Oct 2014

EU gives final green light to stopgap carbon market fix

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EU Climate Change Committee approves backloading plan but question remains as to when the scheme will start

09 Jan 2014

Countries urged to seize opportunity at Warsaw Climate Summit

Marcin Korolec Polish Environment Minister and President of COP 19

COP 19 opens with sobering plea from Philippines' delegation, as NGOs fear coal conference will undermine ambition

12 Nov 2013

Hedegaard warns over procedural threat to derail Warsaw climate summit

As Russia calls for rethink of climate summit rules, EU Climate Commissioner says it would be reckless to allow discussions about procedure to dominate this year's talks

06 Nov 2013

EU outlines roadmap for gradual phase-out of green energy subsidies

Industry welcomes move to stop retrospective changes to support schemes, but calls on Commissioner to also slash fossil fuel subsidies

06 Nov 2013

Are MEPs ready to deliver carbon backloading compromise?

Eight MEPs from ALDE group in European Parliament also call for urgent structural reform to the Emissions Trading System

17 Jun 2013

EU eyes 40 per cent carbon cuts by 2030

New Commission policy papers also propose 30 per cent of energy comes from renewable sources to offer certainty for investors

27 Mar 2013

EU Budget delivers 'mixed news' for green economy

Connie Hedegaard hails commitment to focus 20 per cent of spending on climate, but campaigners warn lack of reforms may undermine Brussels' green efforts

11 Feb 2013

Doha: Ban Ki-moon calls for climate aid assurances

UN chief says a 2015 climate deal could be undermined if developed countries fail to outline how they plan to mobilise $100bn fund

05 Dec 2012

European firms urged to promote cost-effective climate solutions

Connie Hedegaard and Ed Davey back 'A world you like. With a climate you like' campaign to showcase green innovation campaign

09 Oct 2012

EU floats plan to track shipping emissions from 2013

Commissioners raise prospect of emissions trading scheme with plans for new monitoring, reporting and verification system

01 Oct 2012

Senate votes to ban US airlines from EU carbon trading

Move heaps pressure on government and industry to come up with a global solution to avoid an all-out trade war

24 Sep 2012

EU to work with China on carbon cutting projects

Financing deal will see the two work on three pilot projects including design of an emissions trading system

21 Sep 2012

EU Commissioners confirm plans to cap crop-based biofuels

Draft proposals in October will cap biofuels derived from wheat or rapeseed at five per cent of transport fuel

18 Sep 2012

EU sets out plan to boost carbon market

Climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard proposes withholding an unspecified number of permits from auction

25 Jul 2012

EU confirms 2020 vehicle emissions targets

New cars and vans will be limited at 95g/km and 147g/km respectively under new proposals released today

11 Jul 2012

Updated: Flawed Rio Text still promises opportunity for green businesses

Green business leaders predict Rio+20 text will put pressure on governments to boost environmental policies

20 Jun 2012

Bonn climate talks end in discord and disappointment

Climate crisis is not caused by lack of options and solutions, but lack of political action, says Greenpeace spokeswoman

28 May 2012

EU emissions fall as aviation carbon trading spat intensifies

Latest report on emissions trading system shows two per cent drop in emissions despite growth, but 10 airlines withhold data

15 May 2012

EU to investigate changing auctioning rules to revive carbon price

Talks in Denmark raise prospect of surplus credits being held back from auction in 2013

20 Apr 2012

EU: Green economy the solution to Europe's job crisis

New jobs plan estimates 20 million jobs could be generated in green construction, recycling, and renewable energy by 2020

19 Apr 2012

US airlines drop case against EU carbon laws

Green groups welcome trade body's decision but condemn call for the Obama administration to continue opposing emissions trading

29 Mar 2012

EU clears path for farming and forestry emission reduction targets

Commission proposal outlining common accounting standards is "first step" towards including sectors in carbon policy

13 Mar 2012

Poland vetoes EU pathway to deeper emissions cuts

Coal-heavy country leaves businesses in limbo over post-2020 emissions targets

12 Mar 2012

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