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IEU Environment Telegram 28 February 2020

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Our telegram headlines today*:  SUSTAINABILITY:  Better regulation for competitiveness and sustainable, inclusive growth : EU Council adopts conclusions +++  EU COMMISSIONER'S MEETINGS:  Meetings of Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius with organisations and self-employed individuals +++  Meetings of Cabinet members of Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius with organisations and self-employed individuals +++  MICROPLASTICS:  EU JRC: Finding the right methods for measuring microplastics in water +++  EU Commission Answer to a written question - Microplastics pollution in European rivers - E-004287/2019(ASW) +++  EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Use of microplastics in washing machines - E-003693/2019(ASW) +++  PLASTIC PACKAGING Launch of the European Plastics Pact on 6 March 2020 Common Industry Association Position Paper on the EU ‘Own Resource on Unrecycled Plastic Packaging' UK Guidance: Pollution inventory reporting: guidan

IEU Climate Telegram 28 February 2020

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Our telegram headlines today*:  CLIMATE LAW:  EVP/CDU-Briefing: "Vorschlag EU-Kommission Europäisches Klimaschutzgesetz"* +++  Updated: An EU climate law fit for purpose? - CAN Europe +++  UNECE:  UNECE study maps transport infrastructure at high risk due to climate change in Pan-European region and Canada +++  Transport Ministers make united call for universal climate action - UNECE +++  UNFCCC:  Telecoms Sector Agrees Pathway to Net Zero Emissions +++  EU GREEN DEAL Meetings of Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans with organisations and self-employed individuals Main results of the Competitiveness Council, 27-28 February 2020 AmCham EU: Letter to Ministers of the Competitiveness Council on the EU Industrial Strategy T&E’s vision for the European Green Deal CO2 EMISSIONS CO2 Intensity of Electricity Generation - European Union Open Data Portal UK Billion dollar oil & gas fund backs supermajor-led zero-carbon UK cluster -

IEU Energy Telegram 28 February 2020

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Our telegram headlines today*:  ENERGY STATE AID:  EU Commission launches an in-depth investigation into the regulation mechanism for natural gas storage in France +++  ENERGY SECURITY:  World Energy Issues Monitor: US-Politik als wichtigster Unsicherheitsfaktor für den Energiesektor +++  ENERGY UNION:  Citizens' Dialogue in Kohtla-Järve with Commissioner Kadri Simson +++  Meetings of Commissioner Kadri Simson with organisations and self-employed individuals +++  Meetings of Cabinet members of Commissioner Kadri Simson with organisations and self-employed individuals +++  RENEWABLES WEF: Renewable energy could power the world by 2050. Here’s what that future might look like U.S. EIA: Effects of renewable technology capital costs on electricity capacity and generation in two illustrative regions HYDROGEN Hydrogen cars with zero emissions at the tailpipe, ready to spread widely - Eltis TURKEY Turkey's illegal drilling activities in the Easte

IEU Environment Telegram 27 February 2020

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Our telegram headlines today*:  GREEN CHEMICALS:  Research Headlines - Brewing greener chemicals from fermented waste +++  PESTICIDES:  EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Postponement of the glyphosate ban in Austria - E-004356/2019(ASW) +++  CARCINOGENS:  EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Measures against carcinogens in baby milk - E-004386/2019(ASW) +++  WATER POLLUTION Greece is ordered to pay a lump sum of 3.5 million euros for having been slow in implementing EU law on the protection of waters against pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources PLASTICS Lancement du pacte européen sur les emballages plastiques - Représentation permanente de la France EU PARLIAMENT REGISTER EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Unauthorised use of 1,3-dichloropropene - E-004191/2019(ASW) EU COUNCIL REGISTER CM 1665 2020 INIT Working Party on International Environment Issues (Global environmental aspects of sustainabl

IEU Climate Telegram 27 February 2020

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Our telegram headlines today*:  CLIMATE FINANCE:  Christine Lagarde (ECB): Climate change and the financial sector +++  COP26:  COP26 Private Finance Agenda Launched +++  Accountants Can Drive Climate Transparency +++  EU GREEN DEAL:  MEP: Written question - Green Deal terminology - E-000820/2020 +++  MEP: Written question - Inequality and the Green Deal - E-000821/2020 +++  Eurochambres on EU Competitiveness Council: Green Deal and Single Market must be pursued in unison +++  CLIMATE JUSTICE "Women as key actors for climate justice" - EP side event at the CSW64 in New York - 16-03-2020 - Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality UK Speech: Climate change, the challenge of our time - UK Environment Agency UK stresses EU ETS link option in post-Brexit plans - Carbon Pulse "THE GRETA EFFECT" World Economic Forum: The Greta effect? Why businesses are more committed to climate action in 2020 GERMANY Dialogforum &quo

IEU Energy Telegram 27 February 2020

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Our telegram headlines today*:  RENEWABLE ENERGY:  Latest EEA publications on renewable energies +++  Effects of increased renewable energy use on national primary fossil fuel consumption (2018) +++  Effects of increased renewable energy use on national greenhouse gas emissions (2018) +++  Effects of RES growth on key air pollutant emissions (2018) +++  Growth in renewable energy use by technology and sector, 2005-2018 +++  ENERGY EFFICIENCY:  Eurelectric: Driving change: 15 pledges to customers +++  Latvia: ALTUM and EIB join forces for energy efficiency investments +++  HYDROGEN Dutch Trio Reveals Offshore Wind to Hydrogen Mega Project | Offshore Wind - The Energy Collective NUCLEAR ENERGY Detailed guide: Sellafield: nuclear regulation - UK Environment Agency EU COMMISSION REGISTER DG ENER REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL on the implementation of the work under the nuclear decommissioning assistance programme

IEU Environment Telegram 26 February 2020

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Our telegram headlines today*:  REACH:  50% more REACH dossiers checked for compliance in 2019 +++  CIRCULAR ECONOMY:  EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Industrial symbiosis and the circular economy - E-003774/2019(ASW) +++  WATER MANAGEMENT:  EEA: Relative change in 10-year river water deficit between present (1981-2010) and the end of the century (2071-2100) under RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 scenarios +++  EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Water management in Portugal and Spain - Directive 2000/60/EC - E-003981/2019(ASW) +++  AIR POLLUTION EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Establishing an NOx emissions control area in the Mediterranean - E-004433/2019(ASW) BIOPLASTICS EU Commission: Answer to a written question - ‘Biviere e Macconi di Gela’ Natura 2000 site: site clearance and use of bioplastics in agriculture - E-004143/2019(ASW) FORESTS EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Forest depletion - E-004162/2019(ASW)

IEU Climate Telegram 26 February 2020

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Our telegram headlines today*:  EU GREEN DEAL:  How good is the European Commission’s Just Transition Fund proposal? - Bruegel +++  Bruegel: Can the European Green Deal kill the single market? +++  BDI-Einladung zur Round-Table-Diskussion Klimaziele am 4. März in Berlin +++  UK:  Relations with the UK: Vice-President Šefčovič appointed as EU representative and Co-Chair of the EU-UK Joint Committee  +++  CO2 FOOTPRINT:  EU Commission: Answer to a written question - CO2 footprint labels on products - E-004253/2019(ASW) +++  CO2 TRACKING CO2 tracking in space CLIMATE IMPACT European Transport Needs to Adapt to Rising Climate Risks: UN EEA Indicators: Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets FORESTS Member states’ revised proposals for forest reference levels EU PARLIAMENT REGISTER Draft agenda - Thursday, 5 March 2020 - PE648.393v01-00 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety *Note  We publish our IEU telegrams delayed b

IEU Energy Telegram 26 February 2020

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Our telegram headlines today*:  ENERGY MERGERS:  Concentrations : la Commission autorise l'acquisition d'EDPR Offshore España par ENGIE et EDP Renovaveis +++  Mergers: EU Commission clears acquisition of EP Energy by Apollo and Elliot +++  ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE:  EU Energy Infrastructure Forum 2020 +++  ENERGY EFFICIENCY:  Labelling of tyres: EU Council adopts new rules +++  CAPACITY MECHANISM Energy Community: New study explores future system adequacy and capacity mechanisms in the Western Balkans COAL EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Coal plants’ failure to comply with industrial pollution legislation in the Western Balkans - E-004321/2019(ASW) GAS MARKET Bruegel: Eastern Mediterranean Gas: What Prospects for the New Decade? GAZPROM LNG-powered freight trucks of Russian make to transport helium from Amur GPP *Note  We publish our IEU telegrams delayed by one day. We show the headlines of our monitoring content,

IEU Environment Telegram 25 February 2020

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Our telegram headlines today*:  ASBESTOS:  EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Laws adopted by Member States to compensate victims of asbestos - E-003992/2019(ASW) +++  EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Portuguese imports of asbestos-containing materials - E-003948/2019(ASW) +++  SUPPLY CHAINS:  Germanwatch: Neue EU-Studie unterstreicht Notwendigkeit eines Lieferkettengesetzes +++  ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE:  EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Slow progress by EU in combating antimicrobial resistance - E-004163/2019(ASW) +++  FORESTS DRAFT OPINION on stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests - PE648.361v01-00 EU COUNCIL REGISTER ST 6060 2020 REV 1 Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the quality of water intended for human consumption (recast) - Political agreement ST 6289 2020 INIT 7th session of the IMO SUB-Committee on Ship Systems and equipment (SSE 7), (Lond

IEU Climate Telegram 25 February 2020

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Our telegram headlines today*:  UK:  EU-UK relations: Council gives go-ahead for talks to start and adopts negotiating directives +++  Future EU-UK Partnership: European Commission receives mandate to begin negotiations with the UK +++  Future EU-UK Partnership: Question and Answers on the negotiating directives +++  CARBON CAPTURE & USAGE:  EP Written question - Carbon capture and use (CCU) in EU Emissions Trading System Monitoring and Reporting Regulation – accounting for emissions’ avoidance in the ongoing revision - E-000634/2020 +++  CARBON BORDER TAX:  Workshops - Trade-Related Aspects of Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanisms - 05-03-2020 - Committee on International Trade +++  EMISSIONS TRADING CAN Europe: Montenegro's cap and trade system could signal end of free emissions in Western Balkans - but cap needs tightening CO2 EMISSIONS EEA Datasets: CO2 Intensity of Electricity Generation EEA Trend in the frequency of meteorological droughts

IEU Energy Telegram 25 February 2020

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Our telegram headlines today*:  ENERGY UNION:  EU energy datasheets – latest data now available +++  EUROGAS:  Ees Europe Conference – Side-Event: Conference Power-To-X (18 June 2020, Munich) +++  EU COMMISSION REGISTER DG ENER COMMISSION OPINION relating to the plan for the disposal of radioactive waste arising from the decommissioning and the dismantling of the Krümmel KKK nuclear power plant located in the land of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany (only the German text is authentic) COMMISSION DECISION Approving the Joint Declaration between the Government of Japan and the European Atomic Energy Community for the Further Implementation of the Broader Approach Activities EU COUNCIL REGISTER ST 6265 2020 INIT European Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 3/2020: "The Commission contributes to nuclear safety in the EU but updates required" ST 6267 2020 INIT European Court of Auditors Special Report No 3/2020: "The Commission contributes to nuclea

IEU Smart Cities Telegram 24 February 2020

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Our telegram headlines today*:  REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  Briefing - Implementation of macro-regional strategies - 20-02-2020 +++  #EURegionsWeek 2020: Are you still looking for partners for a Regional Partnership? +++  European Week of Regions and Cities +++  URBAN AGENDA:  Handbook on Sustainable and Circular Re-use of Spaces and Buildings now available! +++  Community of Practice on CITIES - Workshop on Scaling up Smart and Sustainable Cities +++  CITIES Forum 2020 +++  Community of Practice on CITIES - Workshop on Scaling up Smart and Sustainable Cities - 19/2/2020 +++  Delivering the Social Pillar in cities +++  URBACT:  URBACT IV, where are we at with the next programming period? +++  EUROCITIES News from the mission board! SCIS - EIP SCC SmartEnCity Academy for Zero Carbon Transition New Solution Booklet: Heat Pump driven District Heating systems SMART SPECIALIZATION Interregional Collaboration Workshop: S3 Targeted Support – Hor

IEU Environment Telegram 24 February 2020

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Our telegram headlines today*:  NANOFORMS:  ECHA: Companies need to provide more data on nanoforms +++  SUPPLY CHAINS:  EU Commission study shows the need for EU-level legislation on due diligence throughout the supply chain on human rights and environmental impacts +++  AARHUS CONVENTION:  EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Compliance of the Irish Government’s draft planning Bill with the Aarhus Convention - E-004534/2019(ASW) +++  WASTE MANAGEMENT EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Two European Environment Agency reports recommend better waste management in the European Union - E-003595/2019(ASW) PLASTICS EU Parliament: Fighting plastic pollution - Moving towards more recycling and less plastic waste EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Economic and employment impact of the ‘plastics tax’ - P-004062/2019(ASW) WATER POLLUTION EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Halt of intake of water for drinking water prod

IEU Climate Telegram 24 February 2020

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Our telegram headlines today*:  IPCC:  IPCC opens meeting in Paris to consider 2022 climate change report outline +++  GREEN DEAL:  Simson: EU Green Deal's impact analysis ready for next summer - ERR News +++  GHG EMISSIONS:  Montenegro continues to take major steps to reduce GHG emissions as government approves cap and trade system for major emitters +++  TRANSPORT EMISSIONS EP OPINION on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 715/2007 on type approval of motor vehicles with respect to emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles (Euro 5 and Euro 6) and on access to vehicle repair and maintenance information - PE643.178v02-00 EP OPINION on the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 715/2007 on type approval of motor vehicles with respect to emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles (Euro 5 and Euro 6) and on

IEU Energy Telegram 24 February 2020

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Our telegram headlines today*:  ENERGY STATE AID:  EU Commission: Romania needs to recover around €13 million of incompatible rescue aid from Romanian National Uranium Company; cannot implement incompatible restructuring aid +++  EU Commission approves €251 million Romanian rescue aid to CE Oltenia +++  ENERGY REGULATION:  ENTSOG: Gas TSOs of the Central Eastern Europe (CEE) region publish their Gas Regional Investment Plan 2019 +++  WIND ENERGY:  Wind Europe: EU industrial strategy must recognise wind energy as a job creator in its own right +++  Wind Europe: Offshore wind and the shipping sector can reinforce each other to reach the Green Deal targets +++  Research Headlines - Wobbling in the wind: a bladeless alternative to turbines +++  EEX EEX Group and Nasdaq Futures, Inc. (NFX) successfully complete transfer of Freight business THE ENERGY CHARTER The International Energy Charter attends EU-Central Asia working lunch CELEX CELEX:62018CA052

IEU Weekly Agenda Telegram 24 February 2020

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Our IEU AGENDA this week:  EU COMMISSION:  EU Commission Calendar +++  24 February 2020 +++  25 February 2020 +++  26 February 2020 +++  27 February 2020 +++  28 February 2020 +++  29 February 2020 +++  1 March 2020 +++  Outlook February 2020 +++  EU COMMISSION - EXPERT GROUPS Meetings of EU Commission expert groups Follow up meeting, 24 February 2020, Brussels, on the provision of EU-wide real-time traffic information services (priority action "b" of the ITS Directive) 2020-02-24 Expert Group MEAT MARKET OBSERVATORY Meeting of 25 February 2020 of the Commission expert group on the Generalised Scheme of Preferences AI HLEG Meeting 11th Recovery Expert Group Meeting 10th meeting PG UCC DA/IA 2020-03-02 Expert Group on Organic Production 89th Meeting of the CITES Scientific Review Group (CEG/NOM/032) meeting of the Customs Expert Group, Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature Section, HS/WCO Coordination Sector 4th meeting - European Ports Foru

IEU Environment Telegram 20 February 2020

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Our telegram headlines today*:  CIRCULAR ECONOMY:  Chambers for a Circular Economy - Actions to support SMEs' transition to a Circular Economy +++  MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING:  Marine spatial planning: Sustainably managing our seas at global level +++  CANCER RISKS:  EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Medicines containing carcinogenic substances - E-003830/2019(ASW) +++  POLLUTION EU Commission: Answer to a written question - Shipping pollutants and remedies: Commission response to Parliament’s demands - P-004270/2019(ASW) CELEX CELEX:32020R0238: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/238 of 20 February 2020 concerning the authorisation of L-threonine as a feed additive for all animal species (Text with EEA relevance) EU COUNCIL REGISTER ST 5977 2020 COR 1 Evaluation of water legislation - Exchange of views ST 6105 2020 INIT COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) …/… of XXX correcting certain language versions of Regulation (EU) No 1253/201

IEU Climate Telegram 20 February 2020

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Our telegram headlines today*:  GREEN DEAL:  Wind Europe: EU Energy Commissioner receives Green Deal policy recommendations at emPOWER event +++  To Get a Green Deal, the EU Should Play Ball With Tech - Center for Data Innovation +++  TRANSPORT EMISSIONS:  UNECE: Transport Ministers Gather to Address Climate Change and Road Safety +++  UK ETS:  Allowances auction calendar for the UK published +++  CO2 & NOX IMPROOF Workshop - 16th Global Congress on Process Safety - 29 March 2020, Marriott Marquis Houston, 1777 Walker St. Houston EU COMMISSION REGISTER DG CLIMATE COMMISSION DECISION on instructing the central administrator of the Union Registry to enter the auction tables for general and aviation allowances to be auctioned for 2019 and 2020 by the auction platform appointed by the United Kingdom into the European Union Transaction Log and to transfer general and aviation allowances to the relevant auction delivery account COMMISSION DECISION instr

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