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CAP delivers meagre climate action

Climate action is one of three overarching objectives of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), though only a small fraction of the funding goes to climate measures on the ground.
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EU must step up car fuel efficiency

The improvement of car fuel efficiency must be speeded up in order to meet the EU target for 2021, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). Provisional figures released by the EEA put average CO2 emissions ..
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Parliament wants to strengthen checks on cars

In a vote on 4 April, the European Parliament approved tighter controls on vehicle emissions, but rejected a proposal for an EU Vehicle Surveillance Agency which would have ended the current discredited system in which national regulators ..
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CO2 emissions from EU coal power fell in 2016

ENDS reports that carbon dioxide emissions from power stations and other major combustion plants, which account for 65 per cent of the European Union total, fell by four per cent in 2016 compared to the preceding year.
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23 countries are breaching air quality laws

Binding air quality standards are being flouted in more than 130 cities across 23 of the 28 EU member states, according to the European Commission’s Environmental Implementation Review.
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Bulgaria faces court for air quality failure

Bulgaria breached EU limits for particulate matter (PM10) across all its urban areas between at least 2007 and 2013 and its plans to achieve compliance were “flawed”..
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New NEC Directive in force

When fully implemented in 2030, the directive will nearly halve the negative health impacts of air pollution, such as respiratory diseases and premature death.
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Comparing vehicle emission standards

A report named “Comparative study on the differences between the EU and US legislation on emissions in the automotive sector” was published by the European Parliament in November.
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EU needs to shut all coal plants by 2030

The EU will need to phase out CO2 emissions from all of its coal plants in the next 15 years if it is to meet the Paris Agreement’s long-term temperature goals, according to a new Climate Analytics report released in Brussels in February 2017.
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Consultation on CAP reform

The European Commission has launched a major online Public Consultation on the future of the common agriculural policy (CAP) which runs until 2 May 2017. Speaking at a press conference ..
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