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EU car makers already beating 2015 emission targets

Cars on forecourt from above

EU data shows 11 major manufacturers have passed the 130g CO2/km mark two years early

31 Oct 2014

We've got an EU 2030 deal, what now?

Smoking chimney emitting pollution

Roz Bulleid of the EEF offers five proposals to help ensure the EU meets its new energy and climate change targets

31 Oct 2014

EU could cut emissions 24 per cent by 2020

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Preliminary figures suggest bloc is on track to meet all three 2020 climate and energy goals

28 Oct 2014

It's not perfect, but the EU energy and climate package is great news for the green economy

The targets and policies delivered by the EU energy and climate change package prove that decarbonisation efforts are now firmly part of the political and business mainstream

28 Oct 2014

2030 pact UK's most significant environmental deal ever – Ed Davey

British understanding with Poland key to climate agreement, says energy minister, but devil is in the detail

28 Oct 2014

EU 2030 climate and energy package: All the latest

All the latest news and analysis as EU leaders attempt to agree long term climate and energy policy

24 Oct 2014

EU 2030 climate and energy package - the green economy reaction

What the sector is saying about the deal to cut emissions 40 per cent and deliver 27 per cent renewable energy by 2030

24 Oct 2014

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

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 climate talks enter end game with everything still to play for

Final frantic round of negotiations and lobbying aims to deliver ambitious yet workable energy and climate change package

20 Oct 2014

Davey hints at sweeteners for Eastern Europe as part of EU climate deal

Energy and climate change secretary confident an ambitious emissions reduction agreement can be done next week

17 Oct 2014

Energy giants reiterate call for EU renewables target

Alstom, DuPont and Kingspan join with wind and solar industries in urging European leaders to confirm 2030 renewables target

14 Oct 2014

Businesses rally EU leaders to secure ambitious 2030 climate and energy package

Tesco, Unilever, EDF and Shell join major call for heads of state to agree 2030 targets later this month

07 Oct 2014

Could the 2°C climate target be completely wrong?

The global warming goal that nearly 200 governments have agreed on should be ditched, say scientists writing in Nature

02 Oct 2014

UK carbon budgets to make each household £565 a year better off

New report from Cambridge Econometrics explores how decarbonisation's efficiency savings, health benefits and energy security gains will boost UK GDP by 1.1 per cent

10 Sep 2014

Our climate goals are an economic opportunity for the UK

Nick Molho explores how political leaders can realise the economic benefits offered by the UK carbon budgets

10 Sep 2014

EU mulls €30bn low carbon fund for industry and member states

Draft proposals reportedly suggest increased support to help poorer member states and heavy industry meet 2030 climate goals

02 Sep 2014

Carbon prices to average €23 in the 2020, analysts say

But Thomson Reuters predicts without emissions trading scheme reform and 2030 climate targets EU Allowances may remain at €14

01 Sep 2014

Nespresso pledges £330m to become "carbon neutral" by 2020

Leading coffee brand brews up host of green supply chain and recycling commitments

27 Aug 2014

New coal power stations threat to EU’s emissions target

Burning Europe’s lignite reserves would wipe out carbon budget from 2020 until the end of the century, says Greenpeace

27 Aug 2014

Having a carbon budget is great, but how are we going to meet it?

The Green Party's Natalie Bennett argues that while the government may have agreed to new carbon targets it is not doing nearly enough to meet them

13 Aug 2014

France delivers long-awaited green energy bill

Landmark energy bill promises to deliver huge surge in renewables and energy efficiency investment

04 Aug 2014

Kudos to Cameron for his carbon-cutting clarity

The long-awaited decision to retain the fourth carbon budget provides investors with some much needed certainty, now government and business must deliver on it

22 Jul 2014

Government confirms fourth carbon budget

FT reports that Chancellor George Osborne has been forced to back down over his opposition to current post-2020 carbon targets

22 Jul 2014

BBC broadcasts its carbon-cutting success

Corporation reveals it has cut energy consumption by 20 per cent thanks to switch to greener studios, but carbon impact of travel keeps climbing

22 Jul 2014

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