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EU executive to probe German cash scheme for phased-out coal plants

Margrethe Vestager

The European Union’s executive arm suspects that planned German state payouts to two companies whose coal plants were to be shuttered early may breach EU state aid rules, it announced on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. European Commission Vice President, Margrethe Vestager Germany wants to phase out the use of lignite, a particularly polluting type of coal, to generate electricity by ...

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EU to purchase more 300m doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, research claims it might be effective against new strains

Ursula von der Leyen

The European Commission has renewed a contract with pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech to purchase an additional 300 million doses of their vaccine against the coronavirus disease, President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday, January 8, 2021. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission “As you know, we have right now access to 300 million doses of ...

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EU bans plastic waste exports to poor countries

Virginijus Sinkevicius

The EU will ban the export of plastic waste from the bloc to poor countries effective from January 1, 2021, it said on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, following concerns about pollution in third world countries. Environment Commissioner, Virginijus Sinkevicius Plastic exports would also be “more strictly controlled,” according to the European Commission. The new rules still allow for “clean plastic ...

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EU submits new climate target to United Nations

European Commission

The German Council Presidency, together with the European Commission, submitted the increased national climate target of the EU and its member states to the United Nations. European Commission. Photo credit: Mark Renders/Getty Images The EU has thus committed itself to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030. With this target increase, the EU is setting an ...

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EU agrees 2030 emissions-cutting goal of 55%

Ursula von der Leyen

EU leaders have agreed to cut carbon emissions by at least 55 per cent by the end of the decade, compared to 1990 levels – a big step up from the current goal. European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen “Europe is the leader in the fight against climate change,” European Council President Charles Michel tweeted. “We decided to cut ...

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Youth climate activists want EU leaders to withdraw Common Agricultural Policy

European Parliament

One hundred youth climate activists have written a letter to EU leaders demanding that they withdraw the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) voted on by the Parliament on Friday, October 30, 2020. The European Parliament The letter was released online on Sunday, November 1 and has now been signed by over 50,000 people. It has also been sent to the European Commission and ...

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ICEED powers 12 North East hospitals with solar

ICEED Solar Power

The International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED), an energy and environment solution organisation, while implementing the EU’s funded “Support for Response, Recovery and Resilience in Borno State”, has completed the installation of solar power systems in 12 hospitals in the state. Installation of solar panels by technicians Speaking after the completion of installation at the last beneficiary hospital, ...

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EU leaders meet for summit dominated by Brexit, climate targets

Ursula von der Leyen

EU leaders will descend on Brussels for a two-day summit starting on Thursday, October 15, 2020 to discuss the status of fraught post-Brexit negotiations with Britain, the second wave of coronavirus infections hitting the union and the contentious climate targets. European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen No major breakthrough or shift in position is expected on any of these ...

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EU may renovate 35m buildings by 2030 to hit climate goals

Kadri Simson

The European Commission wants to ramp up the rate of renovations of buildings that are inefficient in terms of energy use in the EU in the next decade to speed up the transition to climate neutrality. EU Energy Commissioner, Kadri Simson EU Energy Commissioner, Kadri Simson, said this while presenting the plan on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. ...

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EU chief announces 55% emissions reduction target for 2030

Ursula von der Leyen

European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, announced plans on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 to target a 55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 as part of a broader European Green Deal programme aimed at reaching “climate neutrality” by mid-century. European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen “For us, the 2030 target is ambitious, it’s achievable and it is ...

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