Air pollution and climate news
14 August 2014: Mercury – Commission launches public consultation on EU ratification of the Minamata Convention
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 17:29
The European Commission launched a public consultation on ratification by the EU of the Minamata Convention on mercury (adopted on 10 October 2013). The deadline for stakeholders to submit their comments and views is 14 November 2014. The aim of the consultation is to canvas stakeholders' input on specific issues related to the implementation of the Convention.
See CITEPA's monthly newsletter C'est dans l'Air n° 173 p.5.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 17:27
18th Ministerial Meeting of the BASIC group of countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) on Climate Change, taking place in New Delhi (India). The discussions focused in particular on their position ahead of the 20th and 21st Conferences of the Parties (COP-20 and COP-21) to the Climate Convention (taking place respectively in Lima, Peru in December 2014 and Paris December 2015). A joint statement was issued at the close of the meeting.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 17:21
At the weekly cabinet meeting, the French Environment Minister presented the final version of the Bill on Energy Transition for Green Growth. This final version was drafted following consultations conducted on the basis of the first version of the Bill presented on 18 June 2014.
See news item dated 18 June 2014 in this section.
http://www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/0-_Expose_des_motifs.pdf (justification, objectives and provisions)
http://www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/0-_Projet_de_loi_relatif_a_la_transition_energetique_pour_la_croissance_verte.pdf (full text of the Bill)
http://www.gouvernement.fr/gouvernement/transition-energetique-pour-la-croissance-verte (cabinet meeting)
http://www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/1-_Communication_en_Conseil_des_ministres.pdf (communication presented at the cabinet meeting)
29 July 2014: UK – The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announces plans for an ultra-low emission zone from 2020
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 17:19
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced proposals for the creation of an ultra-low emission zone in the city centre from 2020. The main aim is to speed up London's compliance with EU concentration limit values for NO2 set by the Air Quality Directive 2008/50/EC (Annex XI). According to official projections estimated by the UK Environment Ministry (DEFRA), published on 9 July 2014, the values will not be complied with until after 2030, based on existing policies and measures. In his speech, the Mayor also announced an action plan to reduce air pollution in London, including the retrofit of a further 400 older buses as well as plans to expand the electric bus fleet by a minimum of 300 by 2020.
See CITEPA's former quarterly report ED n° 168 p.I.146 (NO2 concentration limit values).
http://www.london.gov.uk/media/mayor-press-releases/2014/07/mayor-calls-on-eu-and-government-to-do-more-to-help-improve-air (press release by the Mayor's office)
http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/assets/documents/no2ten/140708_N02_projection_tables_FINAL.pdf (DEFRA's NO2 projections)
- 29 July 2014: Aviation/ETS – Commission published aviation auction calendars
- 28 July 2014: Aviation – CASCADE project launched to reduce CO2 emissions from airports
- 25 July 2014: Shipping – 2014 update of the GHG emissions study (IMO)
- 21 July 2014: UK – estimation of London's indirect CO2 emissions (GLA report)
- 23 July 2014: Energy efficiency – Commission proposes 30% target in new 2030 strategy
- 17 July 2014: Australia – the new Government abolishes the carbon tax
- 17 July 2014: Climate – first GHG emissions audit of tourist activities in the Paris region
- 16 July 2014: Climate – Informal Environment Council discusses the upcoming UN Climate Summit
- 15 July 2014: UK – 2014 progress report to Parliament on meeting the UK's carbon budgets
- 14 July 2014 : Climate – Ban Ki-moon appoints a Special Envoy for Climate Change