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Waste & Resources People, Frans Timmermans (credit: Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken)

Plastic bag rules approved under deregulation cloud

EU member states have rubberstamped an agreement to reduce plastic bag use, but the deal was overshadowed by concerns about the new European Commission’s ‘deregulation’ agenda

Transport Climate, iceberg

Polar Code to enter force in two years

The first mandatory safety and environmental rules for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters are set to come into force in just over two years, after a deal was struck on Friday

Chemicals, Products Hazardous substances, mercury

Brussels to present mercury rules in 2015

The European Commission will present proposals on ratifying the Minamata Convention on mercury “as early as possible in 2015”. Around 3,500 responses were received to a recent consultation

Energy energy, biogas (credit: Johannes Jansson/, CC by SA 2.5)

Green policies undermine biogas sector

The European biogas sector expanded by over 10% last year but policies limiting the use of energy crops are beginning to bite, new research shows

People, William Todts

Transport in ETS could be slippery slope

The mooted inclusion of transport in the carbon market at national level could do long-term damage to the EU’s efforts to cut vehicles’ climate impact, says William Todts of T&E

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Energy union plans

People, Maroš Šefcovic: (credit: Katarzyna Czerwinska/Senat Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej)

MEPs have approved Maroš Šefčovič as energy union commissioner following a European Parliament hearing on 20 October where he outlined his five-point plan for the role.

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