Politics & Law

Environment ministers signal ‘strong interest’ in ending export of banned chemicals

Many environment ministers indicated their interest in a possible end to exporting to third countries substances that are banned in Europe, as part of an informal meeting hosted by France last week.

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Taxonomy experts: Gas and nuclear delegated act ‘not consistent’ with EU law

The draft criteria for classifying gas and nuclear power as green technologies run counter to the EU Taxonomy Regulation and risk misleading investors, according to the European Commission’s advisory body.

Chemicals

Commission threatened with legal action over pesticide approvals

Anti-pesticide campaigners are using a recent change to the Aarhus Regulation to launch legal challenges against the re-authorisation of cypermethrin and the allegedly illegal presence on the EU market of chemicals that have not been fully evaluated by regulators.

Climate

Industry and green groups clash over draft ETS reforms

Free emissions allowances, export competitiveness and rebasing were among the controversial topics discussed in a roundtable on Friday on plans to reform the emissions trading system.

Politics & Law

News in brief: Seven more MEPs join environment committee

In other news this week: The European Parliament’s environment committee will soon have seven new members to help with its increased workload, 10 heavily forested countries say it is “too early” to revise green criteria for bioenergy, and the Commission seeks views on rules for biobased, biodegradable and compostable plastics.

Water

Spanish spat over intensive livestock farming highlights EU policy challenges

As the European Commission takes Spain to court over rampant nitrates pollution, a political bust-up over intensive livestock farming shows tackling the problem will be far from easy.

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Politics & Law

Analysis: Can the controversy over the EU taxonomy be solved?

The roundtable before the informal meeting of EU environment ministers in Amiens this Friday. Only four member states have so far come out against the taxonomy proposal. Photo: European Union

Member states had until Friday to submit their feedback on the European Commission’s draft delegated act classifying gas and nuclear power as sustainable. Amid widespread anger over the move, is it too late to change course?

Products

Why political agreement on the Batteries Regulation is proving elusive

ENDS Europe looks at how France hopes to secure an agreement on new rules for how batteries should be made, used and disposed of, where both its Portuguese and Slovenian predecessors failed.

Energy

Interview: Can carbon capture and storage finally deliver?

Graeme Sweeney, chair of the Zero Emissions Platform, tells ENDS Europe that blue hydrogen is essential for the energy transition, and says the EU must support CO2 transport infrastructure if it is serious about decarbonising.

Land

Interview: How the EU deforestation clamp-down should go further to protect the Amazon

Paulo Barreto, co-founder of Brazilian rainforest research and campaign group Imazon, talks about the EU’s “crucial first step” to tackle deforestation in Brazil, and why it must put its money where its mouth is.

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