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Solar thermal energy

An EU-supported technology platform promoting solar thermal material held its first working meeting in Brussels on Wednesday. It forecasts that by 2030 solar thermal energy will provide more than 50% of all heating in Europe's buidlings.
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EP Presidency

Monica Frassoni wants to restore the relevance of the European Parliament and make it count as an actor in the EU policy process. This manifesto, 'Building a Coalition for Change', gives a short overview of some of the issues Monica would like to focus on as president.
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Nuclear power in Bulgaria

The European Parliament today approved a Green amendment to the report on Bulgaria's accession calling for the closure of Blocks 3 and 4 of the dangerous Koslodui nuclear plant by the end of the year, as consistent with Bulgaria's accession protocol.
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EU research programme

The European Parliament voted today on the 7th research framework programme for the period 2007-2013. It includes research and development in the field of energy technologies like renewable energies and energy efficiency.
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Emissions trading

The European Commission decided today on the first 10 national allocation plans for allocating CO2 emission allowances to energy-intensive industrial plants for the 2008-2012 trading period. The Commission reduced the allowances by almost 7% below the emissions proposed by the NAPs.
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EU energy policies

Following the EU Commission's "Action plan for energy efficiency:realising the potential" published in October, the EU energy ministers met yesterday to adopt their conclusions. Unfortunately the outcome doesn't show any concret commitment towards more renewables and energy savings.
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Nairobi results

Despite some achievements on technical issues, the progress made in ensuring continuity of climate policy framework is a disappointment. The sense of urgency does not seem to get reflected in these discussions apart from some plenary interventions.
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Greens/EFA meeting in Nairobi

The Greens are organising an event in the European Union Pavilion in Nairobi in the context of the UN conference on climate change. Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2004 Wangari Maathai will take part in the conference.
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Aviation and climate change

Today the European Parliament votes on a new air traffic management system for Europe (SESAR). This system must also play a role in limiting climatic impact of aviation.
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Climate change talks in Nairobi

The UN Climate Change Summit in Nairobi (9-17 November) enters its second week. The first days of the talks were rather disappointing due to the slow pace of progress. Frustration is growing among the representatives of the 190 countries taking part in the conference.