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Regulators warn of 'communication failure' over hazardous chemicals

Most suppliers of consumer goods that contain substances of very high concern (SVHC) fail to provide 'sufficient information' about their presence to customers, a pilot study by European regulators... Read more

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IMO set for slow progress on shipping CO2 as EU mulls ETS inclusion

A meeting of the UN’s maritime arm on Friday made only very limited progress in agreeing near-term measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, just a day after transport commissioner designate Adina-Ioana Valean talked up the prospect of the sector being included in the EU’s carbon market

Land

EC rejects single ‘green’ spending target in the CAP

The European Commission has criticised a Finnish proposal to establish a single common dedicated share of funding for environmental and climate purposes in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), while most member states backed it and asked for further details

Energy

Europe must cut energy use to meet climate goals – EU energy chief

The EU must adopt a 'new approach' to energy efficiency or risk failing in its efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions in line with Paris objective, director general for energy Ditte Juul-Jørgensen said on Monday

Energy

Industry calls for a ‘green deal’ for housing

Plans to extend the EU emissions trading system (ETS) to cover the emissions associated with the heating and cooling of buildings could lead to higher energy bills for homeowners and will do nothing to overcome barriers to making homes more energy efficient, an analysis has warned

Chemicals

Proposed restrictions of lead in PVC ‘not protective enough’, say NGOs

Environment and consumer groups have called on EU member states to reject a proposal that would allow higher concentrations of lead in recycled PVC materials than virgin ones

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Climate

Interview: Extinction Rebellion's Tim Crosland on why green NGOs have 'lost their way'

Interview: Extinction Rebellion's Tim Crosland on why green NGOs have 'lost their way'

More has been achieved by Extinction Rebellion in the 18 months since its founders first gathered than in three decades of campaigning by environmental organisations, says Tim Crosland, a co-ordinator of the group

Politics & Law

Interview: Anaïs Berthier on ClientEarth’s campaign for environmental justice

European law on environmental protection is only as good as the mechanism through which it is implemented, Anaïs Berthier from campaigning lawyers' organisation ClientEarth tells ENDS the mechanism is faulty

Air

The EU's evolving large combustion plant sector in 3 charts

In 2017, four countries — Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Poland - accounted for more than half of the total large combustion plant operating capacity across the EU, figures show

Climate

Policy briefing: the carbon border tax

A key promise made by incoming European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, a carbon border tax would protect EU industries producing goods in a less carbon intensive way than their international competitors. ENDS takes a look at what the proposal might mean in practice

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