Turkey Arrests Environmental Protestors

Sunday July 26 marked the first anniversary of a campaign against an ecological disaster in Turkey. It was marred by police violence and the arrests of activists. The Yeşil Sol Parti and environmental activists have been protesting for over a year against a highly polluting cyanide leaching gold mine in the Çanakkale region.    …

Energoatom Safety Programme

On Thursday 23 July, NNEGC Energoatom received €100 million from the European Nuclear Energy Community for the implementation of the Comprehensive (Consolidated) Safety Improvement Program (CSPP) for Ukrainian NPPs, approved by the government in 2011. This is the third tranche under the loan agreement concluded with Euratom in 2013 and ratified by the Verkhovna Rada…

MEPs Call for Stronger Controls to Curb Air Pollution from Cars

To ensure that cars meet EU limits on NOx emissions, tests under real driving conditions must be more stringent, said the Parliament’s Environment Committee. The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee adopted an amendment to EU rules on measuring emissions from light passenger and commercial cars with 55 votes to 14 and 11 abstentions….

Reducing Emissions from International Shipping

According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), international shipping accounts for about 2.2% of global CO2 emissions.  Although shipping is considered one of the most energy-efficient modes of mass transport, a global approach to improving emissions is needed.  Poul Woodall, Director of Environment and Sustainability at DFDS, says that he sees companies across Europe accepting…

Guidelines to Prioritise Energy Projects

The Commission should update its guidelines to select priority energy projects that are fully in line with its climate policy, said the European Parliament. The revision of the TEN-E guidelines, to be proposed by the European Commission later this year, should be consistent with EU energy and climate targets for 2030, its long-term commitment on…

Sustainable Chemicals Strategy

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution setting its position on the European chemicals strategy for sustainability, demanding a ‘health and environment-first’ approach to European legislation on chemicals With this resolution, supported by a large cross-party majority, MEPs are demanding the European Commission to deliver a chemicals strategy that prioritises health and sets the path…

Bosnia Bans Hydro

The House of Representatives of the Parliament of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has voted to ban the construction of small hydropower plants across the Federation, in a huge win for communities who depend on the rivers. The decision followed a lengthy campaign by local communities and activists from the national Coalition for the Protection…

Reducing Emissions from International Shipping

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has just voted on measures to reduce greenhouse gases in international shipping.  The decision to “amend the Regulation on monitoring, reporting and verifying carbon dioxide emissions from shipping”, also known as the “MRV Regulation”, will in future oblige large ships not only to report detailed data on their CO2 and…