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Šefčovič sets out 5-point energy union plan

MEPs have backed Maroš Šefčovič as the European Commission’s vice-president for energy union after what they deemed a confident performance at his European Parliament hearing

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Rules on nanomaterials in biocides tightened

New rules on implementing the 2012 biocides regulation may make it more difficult to use nanomaterials, in a move that has been welcomed by environmentalists but criticised by industry

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Economists warn against transport in ETS

The carbon price would have to skyrocket for the inclusion of transport in the EU emissions trading system to be effective, a study has indicated


UK cuts payments to solar farms

England will ban farmland covered by solar panels from receiving Common Agricultural Policy subsidies from January

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Bonn climate talks to focus on draft deal

“Substantive progress” needs to be made on the negotiating text for a global climate change deal if it is to be finalised by mid-May as planned, the chairs of the process said as talks began in Bonn

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UK backs 2017 start for CO2 market reform

The UK will push for the long-term carbon market fix to begin in 2017, meaning the EU’s three biggest member states now back an early start date

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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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