Air pollution and climate news
30 November 2016: Energy efficiency and renewables - the Commission presents a new policy and legislative package for 2021-2030
As part of the EU Energy Union strategy (adopted on 25 February 2016), the European Commission presented a new policy and legislative package for the 2021-2030 period comprising in particular:
• a proposal for a directive revising Directive 2012/27/EU on Energy Efficiency,
• a proposal for a directive revising Directive 2010/31/EC on the Energy Performance of Buildings,
• a proposal for a directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources for the 2021-2030 period (taking over from Directive 2009/28/EC which covers the 2013-2020 period).
See CITEPA's Technical Summary (Fiche de Synthèse) on the EU Energy Union UE_ENERGIE_POL-AUTR_UnionEnergie_Communication_80_2015 (only available to CITEPA members).
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-4009_en.htm (press release)
https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/news/commission-proposes-new-rules-consumer-centred-clean-energy-transition (all the documents presented)
The Climate Convention (UNFCCC) Secretariat published an update of its progress tracker of implementation of the actions defined under Decision 1/CP.21 adopted at COP-21, in particular the tasks to be undertaken by the APA working group and the two UNFCCC subsidiary bodies, SBSTA (Scientific and technological advice) and SBI (implementation).
The European Commission's DG Climate Action published the 2017 auction calendars for general allowances under the EU greenhouse gas Emissions Trading System (ETS). The total quantity of general allowances to be auctioned in 2017 amounts to 947 706 000.
The European Parliament, meeting in plenary, approved the informal deal on the compromise text concerning the proposed directive on the reduction of national emissions of certain air pollutants (revision of Directive 2001/81/EC on National Emission Ceilings or NEC). The informal deal was reached on 30 June 2016 between representatives of the European Parliament (EP) and the EU Council, subsequently endorsed by the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Member States (Coreper), and then approved by the EP's Environment Committee on 12 July 2016. The text still needs to be formally adopted by Council before being published in the EU Official Journal.
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//NONSGML+TA+P8-TA-2016-0438+0+DOC+PDF+V0//EN (adopted text)
23 November 2016: Air quality – overview and analysis of air quality in Europe 2000-2014 (EEA report)
The European Environment Agency (EEA) published a report presenting an overview and an analysis of air quality in Europe in the 2000-2014 period. The report focuses on the following pollutants: particulate matter, ozone, NO2, SO2, CO, heavy metals, benzene and benzo(a)pyrene (BaP).