Air pollution and climate news
15 February 2017: Revision of the Emissions Trading Directive - the European Parliament approves the Duncan report on the proposed Directive
The European Parliament (EP), meeting in plenary, approved (by 379 votes in favour, 263 against and 57 abstentions) the report prepared by UK MEP Iain Duncan on the proposal for a Directive revising Directive 2003/87/EC establishing the EU greenhouse gas Emissions Trading System (ETS). The revision involves implementing the 4th trading period (2021-2030). The EP's Industry, Transport and Energy Committee (ITRE) adopted its position on 13 October 2016 and the EP's Environment Committee (ENVI), which takes the lead on this file, on 15 December 2016. The EP also mandated Iain Duncan to begin the trilogue negotiations with the Environment Council (which is expected to vote on the file on 28 February 2017) and the Commission in order to reach an informal agreement on a final compromise text which will be put before the EP and the Council for formal adoption.
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/20170210IPR61806/meps-back-plans-to-cut-carbon-emission-allowances-and-fund-low-carbon-innovation (EP press release)
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2017/595926/EPRS_BRI(2017)595926_EN.pdf (EP briefing)
15 February 2017: Infringement of EU NO2 concentration limit values - Commission sends a reasoned opinion to five Member States
The European Commission sent a reasoned opinion to five large Member States (France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain) for failing to address repeated breaches of EU NO2 concentration limit values set by Directive 2008/50/EC. The Commission thus urges the five Member States to take rapid action to comply with the limit values, as required by the Directive. In France, 19 air quality zones are concerned, including Paris, Lyon and Marseille. A reasoned opinion is the 2nd stage in the formal infringement procedure under the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (article 258). If France (and the other four Member States) do not comply with this formal request, the Commission may then decide to refer them to the EU Court of Justice.
3 February 2017 : Implementation of EU environmental legislation (including air quality) in the 28 Member States - country reports by the Commission
The European Commission published country reports for each of the 28 Member States on the implementation of EU environmental legislation (including air quality) at national level. This approach is part of the Commission's environmental implementation review conducted by DG Environment. It should be noted that implementation of EU "climate" legislation in the Member States is not taken into account in this review. Monitoring and assessing implementation of EU climate legislation falls within the remit of DG Climate.
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eir/country-reports/index_en.htm (all the country reports by Member State)
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eir/index_en.htm (pages on the Commission's website on the review)
3 February 2017: Aviation and the EU-ETS - the Commission proposes to extend the temporary suspension of the Emissions Trading System to non-EU flights
The European Commission published a proposal for a regulation amending the ETS Directive (2003/87/EC) in order to extend the measure to temporarily suspend application of the greenhouse gas Emissions Trading System (ETS) to airline companies operating flights to and from airports not located in the EU. This "stop the clock" measure was introduced on 24 April 2013 and confirmed by Regulation (EU) n° 421/2014 of 16 April 2014 which extended the measure until 31 December 2016. With its new proposal, the Commission intends to extend the current approach beyond 2016 until there is sufficient clarity about the nature and content of the legal instruments adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for the implementation of the global market-based measure (GMBM), approved by ICAO at its 39th Assembly on 6 October 2016.
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-189_en.htm (press release)
https://ec.europa.eu/clima/sites/clima/files/swd_2017_31_en.pdf (impact assessment)
31 January 2017 : COP-22/CMP-12/APA-1-2 - the UNFCCC publishes the decisions adopted with their official reference numbers
The UNFCCC published the reports of the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the Climate Convention (COP-22), the 12th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol and the Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA-1-2). The first two of the aforementioned reports contain the decisions with their official reference numbers adopted respectively by COP-22 and CMP-12. The report of the first Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement and the decisions it adopted have not yet been published.
http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2016/apa/eng/04.pdf (ADP-1-2 report)
http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2016/cop22/eng/10.pdf (COP-22 report)
http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2016/cop22/eng/10a01.pdf (COP-22 decisions, part 1)
http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2016/cop22/eng/10a02.pdf (COP-22 decisions, part 2)
http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2016/cmp12/eng/08.pdf (CMP-12 report)
http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2016/cmp12/eng/08a01.pdf (CMP-12 decisions)