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Back At Work!

After roughly a month’s break I shall shortly be back at work in Brussels in a new job with the WWF European Policy team. My main task is to coordinate various initiatives that lead to CO2 emission perfomace standards (EPS) being included in the Union’s new Industrial Emissions (IPPC) framework law (either by way of… » read more

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Countdown to Copenhagen

The UNFCCC is offering code to put Countdown Clocks like this one on webpages all over the world. Link to UNFCCC. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://unfccc.int/files/inc/graphics/application/x-shockwave-flash/cop15_countdown_mini.swf” width=”400″ height=”200″ wmode=”transparent” /]

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According to ENDS, Council will formally adopted the new CO2 Geological Storage Directive on Monday 6 April, without debate. This follows Parliament adoption on 17 December and the normal legal and linguitic checks that are carried out on all new laws. The final text was posted in the Council register here two days ago. Signature… » read more

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Coal industry can begin deploying CCS technology now: WCI chief Copenhagen (Platts)–18Mar2009–Carbon capture and storage technology has developed to the point where it can now deliver up to 55% of the emission reductions needed to fight global warming worldwide up to 2100, World Coal Institute CEO Milton Catelin said Wednesday on the sidelines of a… » read more

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Most of the EP 1st reading plenary amendments have not yet been posted on-line. Here are the CO2 amendments, 136-139, for next week. As we understand it at the time of writing, the President’s decisions on admissiblity are still pending.

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(UPDATED) Several MEPs hosted an event on Tuesday 3 March in the European Parliament to consider CO2 emission performance standards in the context of the new Industrial Emisssions (IPPC) Directive (IED). Details are contained in this poster and in these amendments. The new IED regime will see the merger of the 1996 IPPC directive, the… » read more

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The Lodz region of Poland is organising a half-day high-level conference on Wednesday 18 March in Brussels to present initial plans for a CCS demonstration project at the Belchatów power plant, Europe’s largest thermal power plant. Here you can access the event’s description, agenda and registration form.

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Ministers in London have at last begun preparing their response to last December’s Turner Report on how to organise at least an 80% reduction in UK GHG emissions by mid-century. Power generation, and coal in particular, is at the heart of the debate. In today’s Guardian here, the government signals for the first time that… » read more

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New NGO centre in Brussels

With apologies to readers beyond Brussels, I want to share my excitement at the new NGO centre that is just opening here. Mundo B, as it’s named, will house around 25 different environment and development groups under the same roof, including Friends of the Earth, Climate Action Network and the European Climate Foundation. Located on… » read more

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