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- Australia halts CO2 sales Sydney Morning Herald
- Green Climate Fund plans 50:50 mitigation, adaptation spend GCF
- Council gives Commission all-clear to adopt backloading Statement
- UK government confirms funding for CCS scheme DECC
- White House CO2 plan faces court test on Monday New York Times
- Green Climate Fund board meets to discuss raising funds Statement
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EU climate and energy proposals, 22 January
The European Commission has set out proposals on post-2020 climate and energy policy, including for a 40% decarbonisation target for 2030.
To the disappointment of the renewables sector, it proposed doing away with binding national targets for clean energy. An alternative governance system will be developed “in dialogue with member states”, José Manuel Barroso said.
Shale gas recommendations are "a good demonstration of the role the EU should play, setting cross-border rules for environment and safety, but not meddling in the basic energy mix chosen by member states,” he added.
The Commission also tabled legislation to permanently fix the supply-demand imbalance in the European carbon market.