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Wednesday, 18 October 2017
The challenges awaiting the EU at the forthcoming UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen were presented by Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas to MEPs of the Environment Committee on Wednesday. Members then quizzed the Commissioner on the financing and efficiency of new measures to combat climate change.
This paper provides a description of the EU’s biofuel policies, set in the context of its overall policy framework on renewable and bioenergy, and their interface with the WTO legal system. Although undoubtedly influenced by concerns about security of energy supplies, and a wish to find alternative market outlets for European farmers, the EU’s policy for biofuels (defined in EU legislation as liquid and gaseous fuels for transport use) is associated closely with its more generic policies to promote bioenergy, which in legislative terms is embedded in its policy on renewable energy, part of its strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP) Committee of Ambassadors have expressed concerns to the European Union on the threats of climate change to the ACP countries, and urged the Europeans to help them combat the threats. The ACP Committee of Ambassadors was given the opportunity to raise their concerns to Swedish Ambassador, H.E Mr. Christian Danielsson, and the Director General for Development of the European Commission, Mr. Stefano Manservisi, in a meeting at the ACP House. Sweden holds the presidency of the EU at present. Besides, climate change, both parties also exchanged views on the recently ratified Lisbon Treaty and its effects on the ACP-EU relations and the global financial and economic crisis.
Thursday, 05 November 2009
World leaders could fail to reach a new climate deal at a UN summit in Copenhagen if rich countries refuse to financially help developing nations tackle climate change, government and NGO officials said at a development conference that wrapped up Saturday. With less than 50 days to go before it starts, the Copenhagen summit was a central topic of debate and discussion at the annual EU development conference, held in Stockholm. "We don't think they'll be a deal without the right funding package," said Jeremy Hobbs, executive director of Oxfam International,
Wednesday, 04 November 2009
The 2968th Environment Council meeting held in Luxembourg on 21st October 2009 reaffirmed that that developed countries should take the lead in combating climate change and the adverse effects thereof and recalled the EU proposal that aggregate emission reduction commitments of developed countries should be in the order of 30% below 1990 by 2020. It reaffirmed its commitment to move to a 30% reduction compared to 1990 levels as its contribution to a global and comprehensive agreement for the period beyond 2012, provided that other developed countries commit themselves to comparable emission reductions and that developing countries contribute adequately according to their responsibilities and respective capabilities.
Tuesday, 03 November 2009
With just over a month to go to the start of the Copenhagen climate summit members of Parliament's environment and industry committees are in Washington to urge their US counterparts to act. The visit coincides with a crucial point for a climate bill in the US Senate, which could define US energy use for decades. The EU's stated policy is a 20% cut in CO2 emissions by 2020 but this could rise to closer to 30% if other key international partners like Washington and Beijing are on board.
Monday, 02 November 2009
The 2970th Council meeting on General Affairs and External Relations held in Luxembourg on 26 October 2009 adopted a decision authorising the Commission to participate in negotiations on an international regime on access to genetic resources in the framework of the convention on biological diversity (CBD). The CBD is the main international framework for measures to conserve biological diversity and for the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.
Thursday, 29 October 2009
The EU should make payment of farm subsidies conditional on delivering good soil and water quality and encouraging farmers to diversify their output to include fuel and fibre products. The reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should consider food and environmental security together, argued Thierry de l'Escaille, secretary-general of the European Landowners Organisation. Speaking on Europe's role in world food security, de l'Escaille said CAP subsidies are necessary, but should be used as an incentive for farmers to deliver public goods, such as quality soil, water and air.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
On the 19th of October, CTA attended the conference on “Toxic pollution in the Developing World” at Aidco Infopoint, European Commission. The presentation was given by the founder of Blacksmith Institute, an entity taking action to eradicate toxic pollution in the developing world. The above mentioned institute is currently undertaking an inventory project on the worst toxic hotspots around the world, supported by the European Commission, and aims further at creating a “Health and Pollution Fund” ($500 million), composed of contributions from governments and multi-lateral donors, to fight legacy pollution in developing countries.
Just a week before the UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen, the 2nd European Organic Congress organized by the IFOAM EU Group will take place in Brussels on December 1 2009. The main topic will be "Organic Food and Farming in times of Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss and Global Food Crisis". According to the "Millennium Ecosystems Assessment", initiated by UN organizations, the World Bank, many civil society organizations and private and public donors,  "a substantial and largely irreversible loss in the diversity of life on Earth" can be observed as a consequence of the "growing demands for food, fresh water, timber, fibre and fuel": a development which will "substantially diminish the benefits that future generations obtain from ecosystems."