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Eurobrief March 2009

New IPPC guidance for cement sector

The revised guidance on how the cement and lime sectors can apply best available techniques (BAT) under the EU’s IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control)...

Parliament adopts IPPC recast report

The European Parliament voted to adopt in plenary first reading the Environment Committee’s Report on a recast of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive almost in its entirety earlier this month.

Energy labelling proposal adopted in Committee

The European Parliament’s Industry, Technology and Research (ITRE) Committee adopted Anni Podimata’s (Party of European Socialists, Greece) Report on energy labelling earlier this month.

Commission holds meeting on NOx and SO2 trading

An informal meeting was organised earlier this month by the European Commission with Member States and stakeholders on establishing an EU-wide NOx and SO2 trading scheme for IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) installations.

EU energy tax Directive to be launched

A proposal to revise the 2003 EU Energy Tax Directive is expected to be launched by the European Commission as part of a package of measures on environmental taxation.

Fight climate change with private sector funding, say EU Ministers of Economy and Finance

March’s meeting of the Ecofin Council underlined European finance minister support for incentives to enhance the global carbon market.

EU earnmarks $130bn for environment projects

The European Commission plans to invest €105 billion in environmentally friendly projects over the next few years.