Air pollution and climate news
- Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 16:15
The new Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, announced that the national carbon tax (carbon pricing mechanism), adopted under the previous Government and introduced on 1 July 2012, is abolished from the 17 July. The EU Climate Commissioner, Connie Hedegaard, stated that the discussions underway to link the EU emissions trading system (EU-ETS) with the Australian ETS system, which was to be launched on 1 July 2015, will evidently be discontinued. On 28 August 2012, the European Commission and the then Australian Government signed an agreement to fully link their respective ETSs by 1 July 2018.
See CITEPA's monthly newsletter C'est dans l'Air n° 152 p.4 and n° 162 p.3.
https://www.pm.gov.au/media/2014-07-17/government-delivers-commitment-abolish-carbon-tax (Prime Minister's statement)
http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/hedegaard/headlines/news/2014-07-17_01_en.htm (the EU Climate Commissioner's reaction)
- Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 16:13
The Regional Tourist Committee for the Paris region (CRT) published the first audit of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from tourist activities in the Paris region. The study, which was commissioned by the Paris regional authorities and which was conducted over two years, focuses on GHG emissions from business and pleasure visits to Paris. The results highlight a total of 17.5 Mt CO2e in 2013, 91% of which stem from the tourists' return trips to and from the Paris region. 68% of this 91% share is from air transport.
http://pro.visitparisregion.com/Le-CRT-vous-accompagne/Developpement-Durable/Bilan-carbone-R-de-la-destination (see summary ("synthèse")
- Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 16:38
At the Informal Environment Council, Environment Ministers from the 28 Member States discussed the EU's approach to a position for the upcoming United Nations Special Climate Summit convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (to take place in New York on 23 September 2014). Ministers based their debate on an informal background document prepared by the Italian Presidency of the EU Council. The aim of the session was to agree on a common position for the Climate Summit.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 14:44
The Climate Change Committee (CCC), an independent statutory body established under the 2008 Climate Change Act, published its 2014 report on the UK's progress towards meeting national carbon budgets. It is the CCC's 6th statutory report to Parliament on progress towards meeting carbon budgets, as required under the aforementioned Act.
Under France's draft energy transition bill, presented in the cabinet meeting of 18 June 2014, the French Government is planning to introduce national carbon budgets from 2015.
See CITEPA's monthly newsletter C'est dans l'Air n° 181 p.2.
http://www.theccc.org.uk/news-stories/policy-strengthening-required-to-meet-future-carbon-budgets/ (CCC presse release)
http://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/meeting-carbon-budgets-2014-progress-report-to-parliament/ (full report)
- 14 July 2014 : Climate – Ban Ki-moon appoints a Special Envoy for Climate Change
- 14-15 July 2014: Climate – 5th meeting of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue
- 11 July 2014: GHG emissions monitoring – information reported by Member States (under the MMR Regulation)
- 9 July 2014: ETS and carbon leakage – agreement on proposed list of exposed sectors for 2015-2019
- 8 July 2014: Shale gas – Commission launches EU science and technology network
- 8 July 2014: UNFCCC – elements for a draft negotiating text (Parties' views and proposals)
- 2 July 2014: Energy efficiency – reducing electricity consumption of online electronic devices (IEA report)
- 30 June 2014: CO2 emissions from ships – priority of the Italian Presidency
- 30 June 2014: Acidifying and eutrophying pollutants – impacts on freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems (EEA report)