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  • Europe Split Over Its Own Green Deal As Germany Urges Prudence

    • Date: 05/03/19
    • Bloomberg
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    EU member states are split about how to cut greenhouse gases by 2050 The opening round of talks over the next green deal in Europe highlighted differences between governments over the means and pace of transforming the continent’s economies to avoid catastrophic climate change. Germany sounded caution as energy ministers from member states debated a proposal to […]

  • Chicken Little: Green Ministers May Block UK-US Trade Deal Over EU Food Scares

    • Date: 24/07/17
    • The Daily Telegraph
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    Cabinet split over whether to allow the import of controversial “chlorine washed” chicken could cause a major stumbling block in Liam Fox’s trade talks with the US today. Dr Fox wants to allow the import of poultry treated with a chlorine wash process, which is currently banned under EU rules. It is more than one-fifth cheaper than […]

  • Greens: U.S.-Europe Trade Deal Promises ‘Climate Armageddon’

    • Date: 12/07/16
    • John Siciliano, Washington Examiner
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    A trade deal being negotiated between the U.S. and European Union would “sabotage” President Obama’s goal of securing a global agreement for combating climate change by encouraging fracking, environmentalists said Monday. The group Friends of the Earth obtained a leaked EU document that details how the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would kill December’s Paris […]

  • Green Deal In Disarray: Tax Cuts ‘Break EU Law’

    • Date: 22/02/13
    • Express & Star
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    The Government is being taken to court by Brussels for offering across-the-board tax cuts to encourage homeowners to make their houses more energy-efficient. The European Commission claimed that, under EU rules, such VAT reductions must be linked to “social policy” and warned in a statement: “The Commission is aware that the reduced VAT rate for […]

  • Green Deal In Trouble As Europe Turns Up The Heat

    • Date: 03/01/13
    • Tim Webb, The Times
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    Households will have to pay hundreds of pounds more to insulate their homes if Britain loses a legal battle over VAT with Brussels. The row threatens to further undermine the Government’s “Green Deal” energy efficiency programme, which ministers have billed as the biggest home improvement project since the Second World War. Many energy-saving measures are […]

  • EU Threat To Green Deal

    • Date: 11/09/12
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    Concerns are mounting over the EU’s threat to slap the 20% rate of VAT on energy saving products, with experts worried it could “seriously damage” the Government’s flagship Green Deal programme. The scheme gives loans for installing efficiency measures such as insulation. Under the scheme’s “Golden Rule”, the cost of the measures must be capable […]

  • EU’s Stricter CO2 Targets “Impossible” Carmakers Warn

    • Date: 19/09/20
    • Fleet Europe
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    The German automotive industry association has warned that the EU’s massive tightening of CO2 targets would be impossible to meet and could lead to painful job losses. The EU’s target to reduce its industrial emissions by 2030 should increase from 40% to “at least 55%”, European Commission (EC) president Ursula von der Leyen said in her […]

  • Carmakers Cry Foul as EU’s Climate Plan Takes Aim At Europe’s Key Industry

    • Date: 19/09/20
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    The EU’s Green Deal puts car makers’ ability to compete on the global stage at risk, Germany’s car industry association warns Automakers balked at the European Union’s plan to set stricter emissions limits for the next decade, saying they lack the government support needed to achieve the targets. The industry is among the sectors most under […]

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