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Brussels Briefing on Environment – All you need to know for February 2016

February 9, 2016 - Environment

The big dossier of the month is the VW scandal. On 3rd February, MEPs decided, after a very tight vote, not to veto a new set of car emissions testing rules proposed by the Commission. They have also welcomed a new Commission proposal to increase EU oversight for car approvals and testing. On 29th January, the Commission unveiled the first-ever European Aviation Environmental Report — key findings suggest, inter alia, that the sector is unlikely to meet its 2020 target to produce two million tonnes of sustainable biofuels for civil aviation. In other news, a new report on Indirect Land-Use Change (ILUC) report is far from being published, experts say, while a separate study on biomass suggests that burning wood is not carbon-neutral. Additionally, the Commission plans to propose a new limit on the use of endocrine disruptor bisphenol A and a definition of endocrine disruptors. Finally the Parliament’s ITRE Committee has failed to win exclusive competence over any parts of the EU Carbon Market Reform dossier. Sonja van Renssen, leading environment journalist, has the story.

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