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Commission to develop green corporate reporting

European commissioner for financial services Valdis Dombrovskis has committed to establish broad sustainability reporting standards for both the financial and non-financial sectors

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Campaigners fear EU could allow banned pesticides on food imports

The European Commission must move to protect consumers from exposure to pesticides that are banned in the EU due to lax residue limits for imported produce, campaigners have argued as the executive completes a policy review

Politics & Law

Call for wider ESG regulation after EU watchdog ‘greenwash’ warning

A call by the head of the EU’s financial watchdog for public authorities to regulate and supervise agencies issuing ratings on companies’ and financial products' exposure to climate and environmental risk to prevent 'greenwashing' does not go far enough, an environment group has said

Energy

Solar industry sees huge power purchase deal as ‘major milestone’

The EU’s solar power industry has welcomed the 'largest pan-European corporate solar power deal in history' struck by global drinks giant AB InBev as it looks to turn its Budweiser beer brand green

Climate

Member states scupper agreement on green finance rules

France, the UK and a number of eastern European countries have blocked a provisional agreement on establishing a taxonomy for green financial products, with a disagreement over the status of nuclear energy emerging as a key stumbling block

Climate

Anxiety over COP25 carbon market talks, while Switzerland joins EU ETS

Talks on global rules for carbon markets have seen some progress at COP25 in Madrid, but the latest texts still contain all the 'contentious and potentially harmful' options as the negotiations move to the ministerial level, an advocacy group has said

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