• Emissions Trading Battle Headed To Court

    • Date: 28/05/10

    The challenge U.S. airlines are bringing against the European emissions trading system will be fought out at the European level, a British court has determined. The High Court May 27 granted a motion to have the battle over the legality of the ETS moved to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). A hearing there is […]

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  • Climb-Down: Hedegaard Backtracks On EU Climate Targets

    • Date: 27/05/10

    EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard yesterday (26 May) presented a paper making the case for moving towards a unilateral 30% cut in EU greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. But she failed to stand behind it, bowing to pressure from France and Germany. The EU’s climate chief unveiled a new communication arguing that increasing the […]

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  • That Was Quick: EU Commission Abandons Plans To Tighten Emissions Targets

    • Date: 26/05/10

    After massive criticism by industry leaders, the EU Commission has abandoned plans to tighten Europe’s climate change targets. Whether Europe wants to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases by 20 or by 30 percent by the year 2020 was “a political decision” that must be taken by EU member states, said Connie Hedegaard, the EU’s […]

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  • Paris, Berlin Join Climate Revolt Over Unilateral Climate Targets

    • Date: 26/05/10

    France and Germany yesterday joined the growing ranks of European countries opposed to making further unilateral moves on climate change, as the European Commission today plans to make the case for raising the EU’s greenhouse gas reduction goal from -20% to -30% by 2020. Speaking at a joint press conference in Brussels on Tuesday (25 […]

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  • German Industry Against EU Climate Targets

    • Date: 25/05/10

    The German industry has lashed out against a plan by the European Commission to boost Europe’s climate protection efforts. Germany’s two biggest industry associations said they are against boosting the European Union’s carbon dioxide emissions reduction target from 20 percent to 30 percent compared to 1990 levels. “The German industry — probably like no other […]

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  • Germany And France Cool On EU’s Unilateral Climate Proposals

    • Date: 25/05/10

    France and Germany on Tuesday gave a less than warm response to the EU Commission’s suggestion that Europe unilaterally binds itself to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020. The message from German Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle and French Industry Minister Christian Estrosi came on the eve of the publication of a commission […]

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  • Labour Party: Emissions Trading Scheme Hitting Families Hard

    • Date: 24/05/10

    A row over rising costs has started, with Labour saying families are going to be hit hard by the budget and the emissions trading scheme. [New Zealand] Prime Minister John Key says that when the ETS comes in on July 1 petrol and power increases will only cost families about $3 a week. “Is that […]

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  • EU Crisis May Kill Green Agenda

    • Date: 23/05/10

    The European Commission is under pressure to shelve plans to raise its target for greenhouse gas emission cuts from 20% to 30% amid fears that further uncertainty would be too damaging to fragile world markets. The EU is planning to publish a paper this week urging carbon emission reductions targets for Europe’s biggest polluters to […]

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