Air pollution and climate news
The world’s two primary city-led climate change and energy initiatives, the EU Covenant of Mayors (launched in 2008) and the Compact of Mayors (launched at the Climate Leaders' Summit in New York on 23 September 2014), announced the formation of a new Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. The new initiative will provide a common platform that brings together relevant data on cities' energy and climate actions reported to the current EU Covenant platform and the platforms supporting the Compact of Mayors (CDP Cities and the carbonn Climate Registry), allowing for comparison of cities' achievements to other cities and towns all around the world, and make them publicly available through a new website, to be launched by January 2017.
21 June 2016: GHG emissions in the EU-28 – EEA publishes its annual inventory report (1990-2014 data)
The European Environment Agency published greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data for 2014 for the EU-28. The latest figures, submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat, show a 4.1% decrease between 2013 and 2014 and a 24.4% decline between 1990 and 2014.
http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/eu-greenhouse-gas-emissions-at (press release)
http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/european-union-greenhouse-gas-inventory-2016 (summary and full report)
http://www.eea.europa.eu/media/newsreleases/data-and-maps/data/data-viewers/greenhouse-gases-viewer (EEA's GHG emissions dataviewer – a database to see emissions by GHG and by Member State)
20 June 2016: Environment Council - revision of the NEC Directive, ratification of the Paris Agreement
At the EU Environment Council, Environment Ministers from the 28 Member States adopted a statement on the ratification of the Paris Ageement. They also took stock of the ongoing negotiations concerning revision of the NEC Directive (2001/81/EC) and held a policy debate on the ongoing review of the EU Emissions Trading System (Directive 2003/87/EC) for the 4th trading period (2021-2030).
http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/env/2016/06/20/ (main results)
http://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2016/6/47244642904_en.pdf (statement on Paris Agreement)
15 June 2016: Car and van emissions test procedure - the Commission proposes date for introducing the WLTP
The Technical Committee for Motor Vehicles (TCMV), which brings together representatives of the 28 Member States, adopted in "comitology" a proposal for an EU regulation, under Regulation (EC) n° 715/2007, to transpose the Worldwide Light Duty Test Procedures (WLTP) in the EU, thus replacing the NEDC test cycle. Under the new proposal, the WLTP procedure will be introduced in the EU from 1st September 2017. The WLTP procedure, which measures car and light duty vehicle emissions, comprises a new harmonised test cycle reflecting real driving emissions (RDE) unlike the NEDC cycle. Under the new proposal, Regulation (EC) n° 692/2008 will be repealed from 1st January 2022. The text will be put before the European Parliament and the Council for scrutiny and approval.
See CITEPA's Technical Summary (Fiche de Synthèse) : UE_TRAN_VP-VUL_Controle_Emissions_310316, p.4 (only available to CITEPA members).
The European Commission formally presented a proposal for a Decision for ratifying, on behalf of the EU, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change adopted at COP-21 on 12 December 2015. The proposal was subsequently submitted to the European Parliament and the Council under the ordinary legislative procedure (ex co-decision). The EU cannot deposit its instrument of ratification with the UN Secretary-General before all the 28 Member States have ratified the Agreement. Hitherto, only two Member States have done so : Hungary (24 May) and France (8 June). Several other Member States do not intend to ratify in the near future, preferring to wait and see how the GHG emission reduction efforts in non ETS sectors will be shared out between the 28 Member States to contribute towards achieving the 40% global reduction target for 2030. The European Commission is expected to present a legislative proposal on this on 20 July 2016.