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EU biofuel consumption down in 2013

The EU used 6.8% less biofuel last year, according to EurObserv'ER. The fall is the first since the bloc begun encouraging greater consumption

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Portugal plans environmental tax reform

Proposals that have been put to public consultation until mid-September include the introduction of a tax on air transport and plastic bags

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Experts consult on nano medical opinion

Risk assessment of medical devices containing nanomaterials must be done on a case-by-case basis, according to a draft scientific opinion

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Beware of biodiversity offsetting craze

Although it looks like a promising nature protection tool on paper, Hannah Mowat of NGO FERN warns offsetting may lead to net loss of biodiversity

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Informal Environment Council, 14 May

Yiannis Maniatis, Greek environment minister

Environment ministers discussed new climate and energy targets for 2030 at an informal meeting in Athens.

Greek minister Yiannis Maniatis, who chaired the talks, said member states remained divided on the direction EU policy should take.

The press conference also heard from the head of the European Environment Agency, Hans Bruyninckx, who earlier briefed ministers on the importance of environmental protection in the EU's 'Blue Growth' plan.

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